Intercooler removed, how can this affect the car?

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I have to ask a question, since the intercooler on my Citroen c3 1.4 HDI 16 v was removed after the accident, how can this affect the car
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Lazar_Dunjic wrote: Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:37 pm I have to ask a question, since the intercooler on my Citroen c3 1.4 HDI 16 v was removed after the accident, how can this affect the car
Just fit a replacement and everything will be back to normal.

Obviously, don't drive it while parts are missing from the engine :lol:

Don't run the engine without the complete air cooler and filter in place otherwise you will get faults and do damage to the engine.
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Lazar_Dunjic wrote: Sun Apr 04, 2021 8:37 pm I have to ask a question, since the intercooler on my Citroen c3 1.4 HDI 16 v was removed after the accident, how can this affect the car
Have you by-passed the inter cooler or is it just missing?
If it's just missing I'm not sure it will run well, if at all! In the very least there is no air filter!! I wouldn't recommend it.

The following is relevant only if you have by-passed the inter cooler:-
Your diesel uses a turbo charger to boost the power of the engine. The more air (volume) you can force into an engine (petrol or diesel) the more power the engine produces.
However compressing the air (as the turbo charger does) causes the air to get hot and expand. This actually causes a lower volume (mass) of air to go into the engine than the turbo is actually producing. This reduces efficiency.
The inter cooler cools down the hot air before it goes into the engine allowing a greater volume of air into the engine.
I don't think you will cause damage to the engine without the inter cooler installed. As I have pointed out, you will be changing the volume of air going into the engine and therefor it's efficiency.
It's possible the mass and temperature of the air going into the engine will be outside the range of the manifold sensors and you might get a check engine light.
In the very least you will get a reduction in power and economy.

Having said all that, modern engines have very few "built-in-safegards". This means that not running the engine the way it was engineered is potentially fraught with danger.
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