Sunday, October 16, 2011

Preventive maintenance

As the weather starts to heat up, the urge to ensure all fluids are fresh becomes stronger.

I started noticing a coolant smell after short drives. Turns out my lower radiator hose developed a slight leak.

So a replacement set from Samco was purchased. The silicone hoses Samco produce are top notch and at the price the standard rubber hoses sell for, it makes financial sense to purchase the aftermarket alternative.

Wouldn't surprise me if these hoses out last the actual radiator... 

Before the car was filled with fresh Castrol Radicool coolant, the overflow bottle was removed and thoroughly cleaned from the mildew that was had started to form on the insides. 

Second item that required replacing was the turbo to intercooler silicone elbow. 
The standard STi item had developed a slight rip from previous IC removals/installs. 

Samco part E9051 was sourced and cut to fit the tight squeeze.

Next item on the list to be replaced is the intercooler to throttle body hose as the standard rubber item developed a rip...

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