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The oil in your vehicle is designed to be heated and cooled, a cycle that keeps engine parts operating well. However, the oil also ages and becomes ineffective over time because of this process. Too much heat can cause it to lose its composition. It is because of this that an oil cooler is used in most cars. An oil cooler cools oil. Sometimes, it even cools other vehicle fluids like the transmission fluid. It's like a mini radiator, and it is important in keeping the engine oil in its peak operating efficiency. Every type of oil has a maximum tolerable temperature, an excess of which can cause it to lose both its cooling and lubricating properties. Excessive temperature is common among vehicles engaged in heavy-duty activities such as towing, so these vehicles particularly need an oil cooler. When choosing a cooler, go for one with extra-deep fins. This will guarantee efficient and fast heat dissipation to keep the oil in great shape. If you're looking for a good cooler, Auto Parts Warehouse is one trusted resource. We have OE replacement parts and high-performance components, all designed to meet your vehicle's specific needs. Check out our selection for the oil cooler that will work with your ride best.

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Date Published: July 30,2014

Selecting an Oil Cooler That Best Suits Your Car

Basic engine development completely relies on your oil cooler of choice. High-performance cars use small coolers, while off-road heavy equipment cars use huge coolers. Other than these, you have to consider other factors when selecting an oil cooler. Read on and find out.

Types of oil cooler based on function

Tube and fin oil cooler: This type uses cooler lines to circulate air and take up the heat, releasing it into the fins. This will make the air move around the fins and absorb the heat. This cooler also works best when modified to prevent any sludge formation. This has good cooling efficiency but also has a higher pressure drop.

Transmission oil cooler: This is used for automatic transmissions in higher strain applications. This type is not really necessary for highway driving or other low to medium strain applications. Nevertheless, any vehicle whose transmission is subjected to a great deal of stress will need this cooler.

Stacked plate oil cooler: This cooler has plates that are arranged in a stack pattern. The oil passes through this, making the air move quite slowly. This makes it less efficient than the tube and fin oil system. Although this cooler has poor cooling efficiency it has lower pressure, and it is more durable.

Types of oil cooler based on design:

Bundle-type oil cooler: This type of oil cooler has a common design. It has a cylindrical "bundle" of tubes with headers at both ends, enclosed in a housing. The oil inlet is at the opposite end to the coolant inlet. The engine oil at its hottest is first exposed to the coolant at its coolest. This slightly increases cooling efficiency.

Plate-type oil cooler: This cooler allows the oil to circulate within a series of flat plates and the coolant to flow around them within a housing assembly. It is easier to clean and repair, but it has a lower cooling efficiency. It is also cheap, easy to maintain, and compact, making it the more preferred type.

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Date Published: July 30,2014

8 Simple Steps in Installing an Oil Cooler

Maintaining oil temperature not only helps the radiator keep the motor cool, but it also helps the oil be at its best lubricating potential. This is where the oil cooler comes in. An oil cooler extends the life of oil, and this in return, extends the life of the engine. By installing an oil cooler, you're doing your car a huge favor. You don't have to be a pro to install one. You can install an oil cooler in 8 simple steps.

Difficulty level: Easy

Tools that you'll need:

  • Oil drain pan
  • Oil strap wrench
  • Socket set
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Engine oil
  • Jack stand

Step 1: Place your car on a jack stand for safety. Make sure there is enough room to allow yourself to work under your car.

Step 2: Use an oil strap wrench to detach the oil filter (be careful: the oil could spill). Next, install the sandwich adapter on the oil filter fitting on the engine block.

Step 3: Smear the gaskets of the adapter with oil before screwing it in place and attach the filter to the adapter.

Step 4: Put the hose fittings on the adapter before installing it on the block. Wrap the threads of the fittings with thread tape for a tight seal.

Step 5: Fasten hose clamps to the oil lines and run them to the radiator. Attach the oil cooler to the radiator using knobbed nylon ties and locking collars.

Step 6: Thread the ties through the radiator and then through the oil cooler. Press the locking collars tightly against it.

Step 7: Cut off the excess nylon ties and attach the oil lines. Check if all fittings are tight before you start the engine.

Step 8: Make sure there are no oil leaks. If tightening doesn't stop it from leaking, see if you've done any mistake.

Remember that not all engine cars need oil coolers. Cars that run in high temperatures usually need them. If you have established the temperature range of the engine oil and found it to be hotter than 230 degrees F, that means you may need to install one.