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    Anyone know of a shop that's pressure tested intercoolers? I'm guessing any place that can do it for radiators and condensers can probably also do intercoolers. But if anyone knows of a specific shop to use or avoid that would be helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nbvolks View Post
    Anyone know of a shop that's pressure tested intercoolers? I'm guessing any place that can do it for radiators and condensers can probably also do intercoolers. But if anyone knows of a specific shop to use or avoid that would be helpful.
    If you don't trust a shop, you can do it yourself in the bathtub. They just pressurize it with air, submerge it and look for bubbles.

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    I don't know about your bathroom, but I don't have the tools in there to pressurize the tank while it's in the tub. That and I'm pretty sure my wife would be pissed if I started using the bathtub for car parts.
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    My wife doesn't even ask anymore. As long as the stuff's out of the bathroom by morning she doesn't say anything.

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    Its simple... Go to Home Depot, buy two PVC endcaps the size of your end tanks... Drill a hole and install a tire valve stem in one... Pressurize the intercooler to about 30psi, then dunk in the bathtub for a minute and look for bubbles... Then, simple release the air from the tire valve and you are done.
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    Seems that's what I'll end up doing. I was trying to avoid that, since the time it would take to go to HD and then do all of that, would be considerably longer than taking maybe 15-20 minutes for a competent radiator shop to test it.

    I'll skip the bathtub thing though and just go the soapy water in a spray bottle route, since that will give the same result, minus the wife giving me the evil eye.
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    Just do it when she's out doing chick stuff some day. It's a bathtub not the louvre.
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