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Old 01-12-2010, 05:54 PM   #1
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Default Oil Cooler Gasket. NEED HELP!!!

I'm putting a new gasket in because I'm fairly certain this is where my oil leak is coming from. I have everything taken apart and the oil cooler is just dangling by the coolant hoses. I am having trouble getting the hoses off. I assume many people have done this but I can't find a how-to anywhere. Can someone help me out? If I pop the hoses off, I assume coolant will spill everywhere. If that is the only way, then I will do it, but if there is a way to free the oil cooler without coolant going everywhere, thats a plus.

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Old 01-12-2010, 08:07 PM   #2
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If you took the bolt out and cannot get to the gasket then you have to take the coolant hoses off. Then burp the cooling system when you have it back on.
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:16 PM   #3
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Take the hoses off. Stick something in them so that coolant doesn't leak out. Spark plugs work good at work for me. If the hoses are really being a bitch, they do sell pliers for removing hoses as well.
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Old 01-20-2013, 05:45 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by StaplesFreak View Post
Take the hoses off. Stick something in them so that coolant doesn't leak out. Spark plugs work good at work for me. If the hoses are really being a bitch, they do sell pliers for removing hoses as well.
Sorry for bumping an old thread but i think everyone should know this.

I used the spark plugs to plug the hoses and they just came out. Also got coolant all over my face trying to shove the spark plug in there. If you have to remove the hoses, drain the cooling system first. Thats my suggestion.

The oil cooler can be pulled out if you can move the clamps to where you can get to them. It will come out. Use pliers or needle nose pliers to pinch them. But if you cant move the clamps and when u pull on the cooler it dont budge, drain the cooling system.

The hose that goes to the thermostat is a pain in the butt to replace. If you take the header off, it makes it easier. but if your wrx is like mine, the bolts have rusted on the header heat shields and i cant take the header off.

I just did the oil cooler gasket (still not done, waiting on new gasket.). I am not a mechanic so this was hard for me. Also my first time doing this ever.

If you are reading this, dont do what i did! Learn from my mistakes! 1) if the hoses are not leaking, do not replace them. If you have to replace them, remove the header. Makes it easier to work under the car. 2) make sure you get a 24 mm DEEP socket! The regular one does not reach the nut. 3) Also make sure you get the gasket to seat correctly. When I was "done" i found a chunk of my new gasket on the ground. It came out of place and when it tightened it down, it cut the piece off.

I had just pulled the cooler out, replaced the gasket and put it back together, it would have been so much easier.
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