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I have oil leaking from the Oil cooler. I cannot find any information on the replacement and troubleshooting of this problem.

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Oil cooler leaking at the bottom is apparently a common issue. to remove the cooler, thak off the oil filter, use a 30mm (axle nut deep well socket) to remove the nut on the oil filter threaded pipe and the 2 12mm bolts under the oil cooler. Lift the oil cooler and see what there is...according to Kia, the gasket is not available (only comes on new coolers which are $130 thru Kia). There are supposed to be an o-ring or two that ARE available and inexpensive (and supposedly the "fix" to a leak). We got out Sportage a month or so ago and found it to be leaking also. Seems to be common and I have researched the fix just not motivated enough to lie under it in the rain and pull the 2 bolts on the cooler...hoping I have o-rings to fit since Kia is 40 miles away and spending $7 on parts and $10 on fuel is not an attractive motivator to lie in the rain......

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  • Bubba Koo Nov 27, 2011

    OOPS did not proofread, hope you can read my mistyped words---also posted for use of future searchers since after a year, I would presume you had it fixed or fixed it yourself already-
    Kb

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That's because it's easy. it's like a radiator, disconnect hoses, replace unit, re-connect hoses

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    how do you get to the two 12mm bolts with starter in road

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