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I have a pin hole in my turbos intercooler! I believe it's my intercooler! It's a thin radiator that runs oil through! Anyway, I was wondering if there was an easy fix or if I need to just get a new one! Then, is it worth it! Thanks for your time!

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The IC will have some blowby oil in it, but if you are referring to the small radiator looking thing on the passenger side that has two oil lines running to it, you are actually talking about your oil cooler. The IC is rather large by comparison and sits directly behind the bumper and directly in front of the radiator and it runs the full side to side length of the radiator. It has a large inlet hose from the turbo and a large exit hose to the turbo delivery pipe that runs to the throttle body. If you have a leak in the IC, you will notice decreased boost at WOT. If it is actually the oil cooler, keep a close eye on it. These do fail given enough time, and a small leak will become a large one, usually at the worst possible moment. Ultimately, you will have to replace it. The stock unit is costly. Some people use an aftermarket and relocate to in front of the radiator and above the IC. Flex-a-lite makes several that will fit this location. Remember, if you go this route, you will need longer hoses.

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