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Top mount intercooler

I was wondering if there was an easier way of taking out my top mount intercooler. can anyone help me? i need to take that out so i can comfortably get to the starter motor. my arms are too big to reach up to it from underneath the car.

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The easiest wy I have found with mine is to undo all the mounting blots and release all the non fluid hose clamps. you can then manouvre it around with the fluid hoses still connected. It is still a bit of a mission but should only take 20 mins to replace once you have finished. The main problem will be lining up all the intake pipes when putting it back together.

Hope this helps

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