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Old 06-18-2010, 01:02 PM   #1
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Oil Cooler

I have been reading that the SVT Focus like to boil oil. That the oil gets hotter then in other cars. People recomend oil coolers and what not. I really dont want to have to mount one in front of an air path cause I have an intercooler in the way. I have been looking at water-oil coolers. Does anyone have any experience with oil coolers in general? Would air cooled be a better way to go then water cooled?

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Old 06-18-2010, 01:20 PM   #2
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I've been to 100's of Autocrosses, and several HPDE events (road racing) and I've never experienced any problems with oil temps.

BTW, there is already an oil cooler on the SVTF engine:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...19&#post301419

What are you using the car for that has you concerned about oil temps?
By all means, I'm not discouraging you to put in a cooler, I just haven't seen a need for one yet.
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In my opinion ALL remote oil coolers are a bad idea

Drop your thurmostat to 180 , have a tune for the fans to come on and that will lower the oil a little , the SVT has a oil cooler already and it works fair

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In my opinion ALL remote oil coolers are a bad idea

Drop your thurmostat to 180 , have a tune for the fans to come on and that will lower the oil a little , the SVT has a oil cooler already and it works fair

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why is that? risk of debris damage?
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Old 06-19-2010, 07:37 AM   #5
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Cold starts , the oil has to go through the remote filter then back to the engine , altho it is a short amount of time , this extra time the bearings are dry

More damage is done with cold starts to the bearings then any other time

The Focus has a high cold start RPM flair making the problem worse , Good quality race cars that run remote coolers also run a accusump to pre lube the engine before cranking

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Cold starts , the oil has to go through the remote filter then back to the engine , altho it is a short amount of time , this extra time the bearings are dry

More damage is done with cold starts to the bearings then any other time

The Focus has a high cold start RPM flair making the problem worse , Good quality race cars that run remote coolers also run a accusump to pre lube the engine before cranking

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ahh gotcha, thank you for the explanation

would running lighter oils like 0w30,40,50 etc help with this since they flow better at low temps?

i was planning on getting a accusump for other reasons, now you just gave me another one
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If your going to be running under a lot of heat and running it hard I tend to run a higher weight oil

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^something like a 5w40? or heavier? like 10w40?
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I use 20-50 in the summer and 5-40 in the winter

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wont a very heavy oil like 20w50 retain more heat causing higher oil temps?
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