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Old 09-12-2008, 07:19 PM
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Oil Cooler Repaired

I thought photo's would help anyone else doing this repair. The non broken nipple was easy. Cut the old threads off, drill a 21/32 pilot hole, tap with a 18 x 1.50 tap, screw in the new steel nipple. The material at the broken location was thick enough to get about two threads tapped in. It did tighten down pretty good. The area around was reinforced with JB Weld. Thanks to all that replied to my post with great info. Hope this link works. http://www.peachparts.com/shopforum/members/jdr01-albums-oil-cooler-nipple-rapair.html

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Old 09-12-2008, 08:25 PM
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Excellent. fear of this issue is why my two new oil cooler lines are sitting on the shelf. care to share the cost??
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Old 09-12-2008, 08:39 PM
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Thanks for the info! It's not the end of the cooler when the threads are damaged. I would be careful to not get any metal filings in the cooler if possible.
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care to share the cost??
New "screwed nipples" (god, I love that!) are about $5 each at the dealer.
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:55 AM
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Happy to hear you are all fixed and back on the road.

Thank You for posting the pictures of the repair.

Might not be a bad idea to have a set of the screwed nipples on hand so we are not in a panic when this happens to one of us. I doubt the dealers have them in stock.

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The nipples were less than five bucks and came to the dealer the day after I ordered them. However the hose side of the fitting that broke was a problem and costs $70. The aluminum threads were stuck into the steel female side. I could not pick them out. I heated the fitting and they still would not come out. So now I wait again for parts.
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Old 09-13-2008, 12:02 PM
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jdr01,

Good work on saving your cooler.

I hope that lower fitting holds. If I were you I'd do a search on "oil pressure alarm" and get one installed. I'd be nervous about that lower fitting letting go and having catastrophic oil loss.
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so you were removing the lines because??- I only ask because you state that the hose was damged- , and needed to be replaced- so I guess you were not changing the lines?
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I'd be nervous about that lower fitting letting go and having catastrophic oil loss.
Concur. Welding the lower fitting back in place would have resulted in a much better repair.
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I picked up a used Oil Cooler at PNP a couple months ago on the 1/2 price sale. think it was $9.99. might be good to have a couple of extras on hand.

That lower fitting is a little thin on meat, I agree on the welding it back on.

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Old 09-13-2008, 12:58 PM
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First, nice job on the repair.
Second, why don't you find a good used oil cooler, either at a salvage yard or from somebody here on the forum. There is just too much riding on the integrity of the oil system to rely on 2 threads!
Please don't take this as a criticism, just an opinion.
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:21 PM
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Excellent pictures, thanks for sharing. I agree with others, if it was my vehicle, I would find another oil cooler and do it again given the risk of failure. I have a spare cooler from a pnp; if you've no alternatives send me a pm and I'll ship my spare down to you for few $.
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I took the hoses off to pull the engine. Pulled the engine to replace the oil pump chain. The lower hose should be fine. As I said the material was thick enough to get a couple threads on with the tap. It tightened down fine. The JP was just a little extra support and thread sealer. If it goes I will use another one.
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Old 09-13-2008, 03:36 PM
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I took the hoses off to pull the engine. Pulled the engine to replace the oil pump chain. The lower hose should be fine. As I said the material was thick enough to get a couple threads on with the tap. It tightened down fine. The JP was just a little extra support and thread sealer. If it goes I will use another one.
I think what most people are saying that if it goes you may not only have to worry about replacing the cooler, you may have to worry about replacing the engine as well. You can dump your oil pretty quick without knowing that anything has happened and take out your engine.
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Old 09-13-2008, 04:01 PM
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Thanks, but I will wait and see if the engine is OK after I start it again. The oil pump chain went, and it shut down imediatly. However I will wait to see if there are any problems with it before spending any more time or money on it.

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