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Old 08-17-2002, 12:06 PM
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hey guys do oil coolers make your motor run cooler or what?

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An oil cooler is a good thing for a motor that is under load most of the time like circle track engines or your suburban but not necessarily the best idea for your street car. In order to lubricate properly the oil needs to be pretty hot. An oil cooler could keep the oil too cool to get optimum lubricaion.
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Old 08-19-2002, 03:18 PM
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ohhh i c well this motor is a 400 sb bored .060 over with a 350 crank and rods keith black flat top .060 pistons regular stock heads that have been redone and a crane 292 488/510 cam edelbrock performer intake and edelbrock 600 carb. and im just worried about it over heating when your ideling around cause im not gonna race it on the track just hot rod it now and then and just act tuff the rest of the time and thought an oil cooler might help with the over heating if it does but thanks for the info
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An oil cooler wont help much when your idleing around. You need air flow. Make sure you have a fan shroud, use a clutch fan, and use Water Wetter as opposed to antifreeze, or if your using an electric fan make sure its wired with a relay.
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ok never heard of the water weter but i do have a 4 core radiator and a clutch fan and a good fan shroud so maybe itll be ok thanks again for your help
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If you are truly concerned about engine oil temperature, you need to install a temp gauge. That will tell you if a cooler is needed.

There are two styles...air cool and coolant cool. A coolant (most popular on OEM/Police setups) has coolant circulating around the oil filter mount keeping a fairly constant temperature. The air type is similiar to a trans or P/S cooler. There is even a small cooler available with an electric fan for tight chassis applications.

This is one reason police applications can out last a runner, it is built for durability. If you have a street driven hi-performance car, it should be equipped with oil, trans and P/S coolers.
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ok thanks for the help i think i got it now
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