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Celica 1.8SR I have a 1998 Celica SR in mint condition and I'm sure you can appreciate my disapointment when a spot of oil appeared on my garage floor. Toyota's don't leak! However, the oil cooler has developed a leak. I have been advised by a Toyota mechanic that you can simply by-pass the cooler as it is over kill and an expensive luxury. He said replace it if you like but he would by pass it. I am of an engineering background and so to me this doesn't seem right. Thoughts from others would be greatly apprciated.

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Does your car have a 5SFE engine? Is the oil cooler right behind the oil filter? There is a rubber gasket there that has been known to fail. I have never seen the cooler "fail"; it is always the gasket. Don't bypass it, it is there for a reason, and is NOT "overkill".

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