The DIYer's Guide to Intercooler Pipe Installation
There's no faster way to ruin the performance of your intercooler than by having a leaking intercooler pipe in the system. A leaky intercooler pipe disrupts the system's cooling process by limiting airflow into the intercooler. This lowers the efficiency of the intercooler system, thereby affecting your engine's performance. Stop one bad pipe from messing with your engine's performance by replacing a broken intercooler pipe as soon as possible. To install a new pipe in its place, simply follow the steps listed below.
Difficulty level: Moderate
- Floor jack
- Jack stands
- Screwdriver (Phillips and Flathead)
- 10 mm wrench
- Replacement intercooler pipe
- A clean piece of paper or cloth
Step 1: Locate your air filter and airflow meter. Carefully remove both assemblies, and then set them aside.
Step 2: At this point, you should have access to the fuse box. Using a 10mm wrench, remove the bolts that hold the fuse box in place. Put the bolts on a clean piece of paper or cloth for easy retrieval.
Step 3: Using your floor jack and jack stands, raise your vehicle. For added safety, make sure your emergency brake is set, and that the vehicle is parked on level ground.
Step 4: Loosen your wheel lugs and remove your right front tire.
Step 5: Find the trim panel that's covering your intercooler assembly. Carefully remove this panel.
Step 6: You should see a clamp on the small intercooler elbow and intercooler pipe section. Use your screwdriver to loosen the screws on this clamp.
Step 7: Remove the blowoff valve.
Step 8: Using a wrench, remove the bolts that hold the intercooler pipe bracket.
Step 9: Remove the screws that hold the clamp of the intercooler pipe section and the rubber intercooler hose. You can now remove the old intercooler pipe from the system.
Step 10: Install the new intercooler pipe by slipping it into the intercooler.
Step 11: Now, connect the new intercooler pipe to the intercooler hose.
Step 12: Reinstall your blowoff valve, right front tire, air filter assembly, and airflow meter. Make sure all of the screws and bolts used to secure these components are airtight.
To find out if the newly installed intercooler pipe is working properly, take your ride out for a test drive. If there is no noticeable improvement in your engine performance, then we recommend asking for assistance from your local mechanic.