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post #1 of 34 Old 09-26-2008, 04:52 PM Thread Starter
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Oil Cooler Gasket Change

It seems like a common problem for the Oil Cooler's gasket to start a slow leak so I thought I would post a How-To on how to change the gasket for the Oil Cooler.

I hope that it has not been posted before.....

You will need the following items:

1)-Gizmo 2000(you'll see)
2)-New Cooler Gasket (part # B1304-43U00 $5.13)
3)-22mm Deep Wall socket & torque wrench
4)-New Oil Filter (if you decide to change it)


Step 1: Remove the Oil Filter using the Gizmo 2000
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Step 2: Using the 22mm Deep Wall socket driver; remove the Cooler Mounting bolt.

There will be Oil coming out from behind there so have lots of rag sitting just underneath on the suspension member or you can try to catch some more with the Gizmo 2000.
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Step 3: Remove the bolt completely. There will be some oil in it too.

Clean up the engine block area where the gasket will contact.

This part is a little tricky if you didn't remove the front wheel. I had to really crawl into the wheel well (with the wheel on) to see the actual gasket on the back-side of the cooler housing.

Remove the old gasket (I just kind of picked at it with my fingers) and clean up that surface.

Get the New gasket and apply a thin coat of motor oil (like you do for your oil filter chages) to both sides of the new gasket.

Place the new gasket into the groove on the back of the cooler housing.

Place the mounting bolt into the housing's hole and start threading it back together.

Make sure that the alignment "notch" of the housing lines up with it's mating counterpart on the block at about 2-o'clock.

Tighten bolt using a torque wrench at about 31-40 ft-lbs.
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Final step: Re-install the Oil filter(2/3 past contact by hand). Don't forget to top off the oil from the loss(about 1/2 to 2/3 qrt.).

Here is the comparison from the new gasket to the old.

If your gasket starts to leak; it really doesn't help to tighten down the housing's bolt since the housing "bottoms out" on the engine block.

Hope that helps others
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thanks, this is great info!

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Nice job!

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Nice job!

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Thanks for this fantastic post - GREAT info! This post saved me from doing a pan gasket replacement, as I originally thought that's where the oil was leaking out.

I'd just like to point out to anyone thinking about trying this - it's VERY easy to do, straightforward just like the post says. You might want to print it out and refer to it as you go, or at least write down all the steps so you don't fail to notice that you haven't lined up the cooler's alignment points. Otherwise, after testing for leaks and correcting the mistake you'll need at least another quart of oil.


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Thank you so much for this post!! My boyfriend is quite capable of navigating his way around a vehicle, but with this info he managed to change this out in no time. And we were able to make sure we had everything we needed first. Only piece of advice is not to put the jack in the front of the car, behind the passenger wheel well would be best! And of course either a clip tool to take off the guards or new plastic pins....lol
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I am surprised this thread was not a sticky. It is now!

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Great writeup. Dealer quoted me $206 for this job and tried to scare me with horror stories about the amount of labor involved. Wasn't sure I'd try tackling this myself until I read this post.

They also quoted me $465 to replace the right, front lower control arm which I bought online for $195 (Courtesy Nissan).

I'll gladly give up an easy hour of work in the garage for the $500 I'm saving. Man, I love this forum.

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Thumbs up Awesome!

Going to do it now, had the exact leak described. This is going to help a ton, and save me over 250$. Thank you Biker!
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Amazing, I was just told at one of those quick lube places that my Oil Cooler hose was leaking so maybe it was actually the gasket. My concern is that I'm an uber computer geek and not sure I can .. get-r-done

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Do you have to drain the oil to replace this or just the oil in the filter gets replaced?
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Do you have to drain the oil to replace this or just the oil in the filter gets replaced?
Just the oil in the filter. Don't forget to top up once you're done.

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