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Intercoolers for Cars

Intercoolers for Cars

What is an intercooler and what does it do?

The intercoolers (Charge Air Coolers) are designed to reduce fuel consumption while increasing the engine power and efficiency. The intercooler’s task is to reduce the temperature of the inlet gas and thus densify the air required which optimises the combustion. The intercooler lowers the temperature of the inlet gas from 130° C to 60° C, removes the negative effects of the turbo and increases the power by around 20%.


Booming market

Ever increasing and rigorous anti-pollution laws (Euro 4, Euro5, Euro 6) are pushing car makers to reduce diesel and petrol engine capacity to limit fuel consumption and emissions control (downsizing).

Engine performance and driving pleasure is preserved by adding a turbo or a supercharger and therefore an intercooler. As the results the intercooler market is rapidly growing.


Added values

Valeo charge air cooler, the innovative solution combining performance with a compact design

With its O.E. expertise in Thermal Systems, Valeo offers for aftermarket the intercooler (Charge Air Cooler) range benefiting from strong experience:


High performance

  • Specially designed folded tubes and turbulators, to ensure the optimum performance
  • High resistance plastic for structural integrity
  • Specific aluminium alloys developed to resist internal corrosion and extreme operational conditions
  • Gripping area for high pressure and hose connection, to ensure connection between the intercooler and high pressure hoses (23-28mm)
  • Flexible side plates, to allow the intercooler to expand its core under temperature changes
  • Reinforced ribs, to resist high working pressure


High quality by Valeo

Rigorous tests for mechanical and corrosion resistance (Thermal shocks, vibrations or durability)

Exact fit and optimized cooling efficiency


Innovative technologies

Both technologies: air and water cooled available in aftermarket offer


Wide range

Covering most European popular applications equipped with turbochargers: BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen, Renault, Ford...


Smart packaging:

All intercoolers are carefully packaged, in order to minimise the risk of transport damage and provide the most practical usage.


Valeo Innovation with water cooling

Forging ahead the market evolution Valeo developed a revolutionary and environmentally friendly, the water cooled charge air cooler which was elected Winner of the PACE Award 2013.

In that technology Valeo uses water, plastic ducts (lighter than steel and less polluting), high energy density heat exchangers and a high pressure EGR valve which mixes charge air with recirculated exhaust gas to reduce both CO2 and NOx emissions, increase efficiency and achieve overall weight reduction.

In ASEAN markets you may see this solution mainly on European origin vehicles like cars from Volkswagen Group.


Discover our selected Valeo intercoolers and many more in our catalogs...

Valeo Ref.Main Applications forModels
818674AUDIA3 2008>
818675AUDIA3 2005>
818601AUDIA4 2007>
818663CITROENC2 2005>
818553BMW1 Series 2004>
818569CITROENJumper 2006>
818574AUDIA1 2010>
818606DACIADokker, Duster 2010>
818648CITROENC4 2007>
818550FORDTransit 2006>
818589NISSANQashqai 2010>
818584RENAULTKangoo 2007>
818594BMW1 Series 2007>



When to replace an intercooler?

Due to the position, the intercooler should be changed with the radiator, after a front end crash, but also in the case of air-leak, or when the corrugated fins are damaged. This can occur when road debris passes under the bumper or through the front grill.

An intercooler failure is felt by the driver as a power decrease. It may also lead to a problem with the engine ECU as a result of intercooler failure. The emission levels can also increase as a result of failure which may affect the annual MOT emissions levels.

Improper maintenance: Incorrect lubricant oil replacement, overly tight connections, incorrect check or incorrect cleaning (air intake manifold) are also some causes of the intercooler Failure.

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