Cracked intercooler

Alan Cordeiro alancordeiro at
Tue Mar 16 06:52:56 EST 2004


I have been driving with a "repaired" intercooler for the last five months
and perhaps 8000 miles. Mine cracked when I dropped it on my way
back into the garage (from a trip to the do-it-yourself carwash, where I
had used a high pressure hose to remove years of bugs and fluff)

Ingo had forwarded me a website where people were doing plastic
welding. I will look for it and try and send it on. Else you can do
what I did, use plastic epoxy with a plastic backing plate on BOTH
the inside and the outside over the crack. I am using the Minhea
chip, and it has been holding up.

Used IC's seem hard to find. If so, they are quite pricey.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Priebe" <davidpriebe at>
To: <200q20v at>
Sent: Tuesday, March 16, 2004 12:18 AM
Subject: Cracked intercooler

I cracked my intercooler a few weeks ago. On the driver's side, in the
plastic end cap, it cracked near where the upper hex bolt attaches to the
captive nut. It happened coincidentally within a few days of someone loaning
me his chip. Has anyone else ever had this happen? So now I am looking at
getting a replacement. Does anyone have a used one they're interested in
selling? The other option would be to try to get a custom intercooler with
non-plastic ends made. While this sounds like a great option to me, I am a
bit concerned that it may be overkill. Also, I'm sure that I could get a
used unit for much less money. Has anyone else gone the custom route? Any
thoughts or opinions would be greatly appreciated. There other option would
be to try to repair the cracked plastic. It was suggested to my to try to
epoxy to the plastic. I have no confidence in my skills with epoxy, and
would rather purchase a known working unit (aka not leaking).
It's been pretty interesting driving my car, and keeping the boost below 1
bar (and knowing that it finally is chipped)!

Dave Priebe
Carnation, WA
91 200tqa 178k his
95.5 S6 113k hers
66 MGB 41k

200q20v mailing list
200q20v at

More information about the 200q20v mailing list