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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 11-24-2009, 10:18 AM Thread Starter
 
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intercooler is vulnerable

To all 09 SS/TC owners: be very careful when going over bumps, dips, and steep driveways or you will crack your intercooler! You may have to slow down to idle speed and/or go across at an angle.
This results in loss of boost pressure, loss of power, and may cause the car to idle poorly or stall completely. The warranty won't cover it, (because its damage, not a manufacturing defect) and insurance will but its marked down as an at-fault accident, even though its not an accident. It's really a design flaw. I told the dealer this and told them they need to report it to GM.
I wish I had done something about it after the first time. That's right, it happened to me twice and at least one other member has mentioned it. The roads in my area are designed poorly, but I thought if I drove carefully it wouldn't happen again.
My plan is if GM doesn't issue a recall, (not likely) I will either get an after market intercooler that is mounted above the front crossmember, or weld on some steel pieces to hang down. I'd rather bounce off a steel bar than my intercooler again.
Does anyone know where or to who at GM I can send a nasty letter about this? I want nothing less than for GM to issue a recall, and it would be nice if they will refund my $1500.
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To all 09 SS/TC owners: be very careful when going over bumps, dips, and steep driveways or you will crack your intercooler! You may have to slow down to idle speed and/or go across at an angle.
This results in loss of boost pressure, loss of power, and may cause the car to idle poorly or stall completely. The warranty won't cover it, (because its damage, not a manufacturing defect) and insurance will but its marked down as an at-fault accident, even though its not an accident. It's really a design flaw. I told the dealer this and told them they need to report it to GM.
I wish I had done something about it after the first time. That's right, it happened to me twice and at least one other member has mentioned it. The roads in my area are designed poorly, but I thought if I drove carefully it wouldn't happen again.
My plan is if GM doesn't issue a recall, (not likely) I will either get an after market intercooler that is mounted above the front crossmember, or weld on some steel pieces to hang down. I'd rather bounce off a steel bar than my intercooler again.
Does anyone know where or to who at GM I can send a nasty letter about this? I want nothing less than for GM to issue a recall, and it would be nice if they will refund my $1500.
It should be covered under warrenty as long as there in no impact damage to the intercooler. If you go over a bump and the intercooler cracks that is a manufacturing defect. Gm didnt properly isolate the intercooler from the chasis. Now if you ran the front of the car over a curb and the curb physically hit the intercooler causing it to bend or crack, that would not be
warrenty. The dealership probably wont call gm for this issure. You should call the gm customer service line and tell them your issue.
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See the stock on is a poor and cheap design, And i know that was going to happen, so i just went ahead and bought a aftermarket one.

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skoal*boy, how high does your intercooler sit? Mine is 7.5 inches from the ground. The front fascia and frame member are both 7 inches, but won't do anything to protect the intercooler if the road is steep enough. It looks to me like I could shorten the pipes and move the whole thing up.
Thanks for the help. I don't want to order anything just yet, because they never show just how things fit in the vehicle.
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You know that you can go to any sheet metal fabricator and have them make a scrape plate to protect it a little more.... I am considering it greatly and it would probably even look cool!

But sorry that the design is so poor.
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mine is 7in of the ground, but i dont have a problem with it unless i get to close to a curb, but then my front lip hits it first.

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Wait just a sec you spent $1500???? Fuck me that's alot. Crazy Steve's are like $250, Synapse are $450. But back to the topic, I would have a shop fabricate a diamond plate skid plate, that would look sick (and be efficient).

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yea but GM might cause a fuss because of an aftermarket intercooler. Just like everyone that has a tune should take it off before going to the dealership. As far as i know its pretty easy to pull the tune. And i was told GM cant tell how many tunes have been on there unless the dealership has to send in the ECU

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^^True true, they deff could make a fuss. My tune is undetectable by GM tech2s.' It is detectable if they send off the ECM, but here in WV that's not likely to happen. It's all who you know in this world.

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yea that is the one good thing about the trifecta tunes. How many PSI are you running? And i dont really think that gm will fuss about an aftermarket intercooler to much considering that its better for motor

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