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Mazdaspeed Archive => FAQ Completed => Topic started by: millsj on January 03, 2012, 07:14:02 PM



Title: FM Oil Cooler Installation
Post by: millsj on January 03, 2012, 07:14:02 PM
The FM directions are pretty straight forward, but here are some additional pics to go along.

Here is the brace that you will need to remove to allow the thermostat to fit.
(http://www.mazda-speed.com/albums/album361/Brace_to_be_removed.jpg)

Here is the left and right brackets attached to the steering rack.
(http://www.mazda-speed.com/albums/album361/DSC04000.jpg)

(http://www.mazda-speed.com/albums/album361/DSC03999.jpg)

It is helpful if you remove the drain line for the OEM catch can where it attaches to the oil plan.  Yes, this is the same oil drain line that sucks oil up and introduces it to the intake.
(http://www.mazda-speed.com/albums/album361/DSC03994.jpg)

Here is the thermostat in place, but with no oil lines attached.
(http://www.mazda-speed.com/albums/album361/DSC03997.jpg)

And the oil cooler all wrapped up.
(http://www.mazda-speed.com/albums/album361/DSC04001.jpg)

There are a couple of things I would add to the FM directions.
I would add some washers where the oil cooler mounts.  I have circled these places, but add them on both sides. 
(http://www.mazda-speed.com/albums/album361/DSC03999_2.jpg)

Second, make sure that none of your oil lines are touching the fan belts.  You can zip tie them out of the way if necessary.  One of my oil line was rubbing in this location.  A zip tie and a slight rotation of the oil line fixed the problem.
(http://www.mazda-speed.com/albums/album361/DSC04001_2.jpg)

FM says to fill the oil cooler before you install it.  I was afraid I would spill oil everywhere, so I installed it empty.  After it was installed, I used a funnel, several straws and some heat shrink tube to fill it from above.  I still spilled some oil, so I am not sure what way is really better.
(http://www.mazda-speed.com/albums/album361/DSC04004_001.jpg)

All in all, a pretty easy install.  You will find that working around the thermostat will require some dexterity in your arms and a good mix of ratchet drivers also helps.