How to Install your Oil Cooler Mounting Kit
An oil cooler is one of the important components of your vehicle. It enables your motor to continuously run well even when pushed to the limit. It helps maintain a proper oil temperature, not only to keep the oil at its best state but most especially to aid the radiator in ensuring that the motor remains cool. When your oil cooler wears out, it is important to replace it immediately. Don't worry because you can readily install an oil cooler mounting kit within the comforts of your home. When installing the oil cooler, it is recommended that you replace the engine oil and filter as well. This is to ensure that your oil cooler will be in good condition.
Difficulty level: Moderate
What you'll need:
- Allen wrench
- Combination wrenches
- Small flat blade screwdriver
- Wire cutters
- Floor jack and jack stands
- Oil drain pan
- 2 quarts oil
- Replacement oil cooler mounting kit
Step 1: Jack up the front part of your vehicle and support it with jack stands. Once it is secured, open your hood.
Step 2: Remove the six clips that hold the radiator cover using a small flat blade screwdriver. Remove the seven splash guard from the bottom of your vehicle.
Step 3: Put the oil cooler and the mounting tabs on a flat surface. Secure the four lock nuts to install the four strap brackets on the cooler mounting tabs. Use an Allen wrench to secure the bolts, but do not tighten them yet.
Step 4: Slip the oil cooler with brackets attached in between the radiator and the air-conditioning condenser. Bolt the cooler to the radiator temporarily using screws and lock nuts. Make sure that the brackets are positioned correctly.
Step 5: Put a tape around the pipe threads of the four adapters. Assemble the hoses to the oil cooler by attaching the shorter hose to the lower adapter on the cooler.
Step 6: Using an Allen wrench and combination wrench, install the cooler assembly in between the radiator and condenser. Bolt through the brackets, spacers, radiator, and flat washers. Make sure that the hoses do not touch the radiator or the condenser.
Step 7: Remove the oil filter and clean the surface. Install the sandwich adapter with the O-ring in between the adapter and the engine.
Step 8: Attach the cooler line located at the top of the oil cooler to the inlet of the sandwich adapter. Use cable ties to secure the hoses together. Ensure that the cooler doesn't get in contact with the radiator drain nipple, the front cross member, and the tire.
Step 9: Use a combination wrench to tighten the cooler lines. Trim the cable ties with side cutters. Reinstall the splash guard. Install the new oil filter.
Step 10: Reinstall the radiator cover. You might need additional oil to your engine due to the added volume of the oil cooler and cooler lines. Make sure to follow the recommended amount of oil. Try running your engine and refill oil if necessary.
It would take you at least an hour or two to install your oil cooler mounting kit. It is best to do periodic checks on your oil level and the condition of your oil cooler to ensure that your vehicle's motor will remain in its proper temperature level.