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Oil Cooler housing removal?
« on: Jun 1st, 2011, 1:15pm »
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I have a 1985 Porsche 944 with about 144,000 miles on it. About a month ago, I noticed a huge cloud of white smoke exiting the exhaust pipe. I immediately thought it was a blown head gasket, because there was also water in the oil. After changing the head gasket, I ran it for about 5 minutes, ran good, then removed the oil filter, just to find the oil in it to be latte colored and full of coolant. After some research, I discovered it could be the oil cooler housing and went to work removing the oil. However when I drained the oil it looked pristine and perfect, and the water was the same; entirely clear. Huh? When I set to work removing the housing, after pulling off the fuel rail, cam, and exhaust manifolds, I am wondering how I am going to remove the oil cooler housing? Do you have to pull the engine in order to do it?  If you know anything about this please help me.
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Re: Oil Cooler housing removal?
« Reply #1 on: Jun 1st, 2011, 5:33pm »
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http://clarks-garage.com/shop-manual/lube-01.htm
 
The man deserves an award of some sorts for his work on this site.  
 
Porsche should give him a car. Wink
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« Reply #2 on: Jun 1st, 2011, 6:46pm »
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Thanks for the info! This site is much more descriptive than the Haynes manual. This really helps. That guy does deserve a free car.
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« Reply #3 on: Jun 1st, 2011, 8:12pm »
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I got the Haynes manual, I use it rarely. There's so many videos, this site (especially this one), and Clarks that we're set on knowledge bases write ups.  
 
Can't mention it on the site but if you "hunt" for the shop manuals online you can find them. There is a guy selling a dvd version in Seattle on Seattle Craigslist. Or you can hunt down the books (around $200-$300).  
 
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Re: Oil Cooler housing removal?
« Reply #4 on: Jun 2nd, 2011, 11:30am »
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we also have this " how to " in the tech section -
along with loads more stuff you SHOULD do  
 
 
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« Reply #5 on: Jun 2nd, 2011, 12:45pm »
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There are 4 13mm bolts holding it on. Kind of hard to reach but it can be done. Clarkes says to remove the manifold but I just removed my power steering and sway bar out of the way instead and was able to remove and install it back. Admittedly the clarkes method is easier but then you'll need new exhaust gaskets.
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Re: Oil Cooler housing removal?
« Reply #6 on: Jun 2nd, 2011, 1:33pm »
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When I did my Oil Cooler I didn't remove the exhaust manifold either. It's tight quarters in there but it can be done.
 
I remember loosening and tightening the oil cooler alignment tool many times while I was tightening the four bolts to the oil cooler to be sure it had free play and wasn't binding. It took a while before it finally was seated right.  
 
The tech section here really helped me too.
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« Reply #7 on: Jun 2nd, 2011, 2:05pm »
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My car had the milkshake oil, so I changed the head gasket. changed the oil, and after I ran it for about 4 minutes and pulled off the filter it was milkshake again. I left the car alone for a week and drained the oil, but the oil looked brand new then, no milkshake whatsoever Huh Does anyone know what would cause this? milkshake only in the filter?
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 2nd, 2011, 2:10pm »
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What does the coolant look like? Milkshake?
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« Reply #9 on: Jun 5th, 2011, 10:48pm »
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The coolant is also perfect, no oil in it whatsoever. It is all very confusing
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« Reply #10 on: Jun 6th, 2011, 9:52am »
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Well I don't know about what the oil in the filter should look like but generally you want to go by the coolant in the expansion tank ( milkshake ) or the oil from being drained. I pour my oil in an empty milk gallon to see. Coolant or water will separate at the top. So maybe it was your head gasket. Is the car overheating?
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« Reply #11 on: Jun 12th, 2011, 7:55pm »
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nope. never overheated, but I changed the oil cooler gaskets and it seems to be clear now.
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Re: Oil Cooler housing removal?
« Reply #12 on: Jun 16th, 2011, 1:04pm »
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PROBABLY JUST RESIDUAL OIL in all those small oil gallies that don't easilly drain
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Re: Oil Cooler housing removal?
« Reply #13 on: Jun 16th, 2011, 10:53pm »
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+1 what Ian said.  
 
I'd run a serious engine flush and a coolant flush.  
 
I forsee...flushing in your future Wink
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