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      Junior Member Thomas's Avatar
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      What the heck is this, tranny fluid cooler? oil cooler?

      See the circled part in the photo below - a small pipe with what appear to be cooling fins on it. I don't recall our 03 T6 having this (but our new 05 does). Anyone know what exactly it is?


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      Re: What the heck is this, tranny fluid cooler? oil cooler? (Thomas)

      Tranny cooler, part of versitility package.

      Did you have 7 seats before?


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      Re: What the heck is this, tranny fluid cooler? oil cooler? (need4spd)

      Actually I think that is a power steering cooler. That looks way to wimpy to be a tranny cooler...


      Todd


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      Re: What the heck is this, tranny fluid cooler? oil cooler? (Thomas)

      Or maybe engine oil, I have the same thing on our V-8. What ever it is I hope it is stronger than it looks, because when some rock or somthing else strikes it and ruptures it's game over.

      BTW I just installed some 20" Ronal R43's and it looks so good!


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      Re: What the heck is this, tranny fluid cooler? oil cooler? (Lake Powell)

      Actually the engine oil coolers are bolted to the oil pan and are connected to the cooling system directly. The V8 oil cooler is slightly more remote, but also is coolant cooled.

      I also just pulled up a couple of more pix and it is definitely the power steering cooler.
      Todd


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      Re: What the heck is this, tranny fluid cooler? oil cooler? (Lake Powell)

      Quote, originally posted by Lake Powell »
      BTW I just installed some 20" Ronal R43's and it looks so good!

      Cool - we are thinking about getting these too. How's the ride? Any picutres?


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      Re: What the heck is this, tranny fluid cooler? oil cooler? (Lake Powell)

      Quote, originally posted by Lake Powell »
      What ever it is I hope it is stronger than it looks, because when some rock or somthing else strikes it and ruptures it's game over.

      I noticed how vulnerable that area looked when I bought the car but decided to chance it. Sure looks like they should have covered it with mesh. After 40,000 miles there are numerous rock and bug hits but it still works...


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      Re: What the heck is this, tranny fluid cooler? oil cooler? (Thomas)

      lol. we had the same exact question. the very day we took delivery of the car, my mother had pointed out:

      "your new car has a weird looking bug killer on the bottom."

      i guess she thinks radiators are meant to be there to kill and smash bugs.

      anyways, i'm glad to know that it's the pwr. steering cooler.

      roy.


      Modified by roykim at 7:47 PM 5-28-2005


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      Re: What the heck is this, tranny fluid cooler? oil cooler? (XC-Ski)

      OK I know we are dwelling way too much on this issue, however...

      Look at the fins on XC-Ski's cooler - they are the traditional fins you see on radiators, the ones that are prone to bending, etc.

      Our car (top picture) actually has a bunch of little spikes instead - they are very stiff and don't bend at all.

      Anyway - we've probably beat this topic to death now


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