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How much does it cost to replace an oil cooler?

You can expect an average total replacement cost of $428 for an oil cooler replacement, with $257 for parts and $171 for mechanic labor. The exact price will depend on your vehicle.
How long does it take to replace an oil cooler? In general, it takes around 1.5 hours for a certified mechanic to complete the job. Your mechanic will perform a preliminary inspection to determine if a replacement is necessary, then follow through with the full replacement. 
Here’s an overview of oil cooler costs for different vehicles:
Oil cooler replacement cost for various vehicles
Estimate DateCustomerCarFair Cost EstimateParts CostLabor CostLabor Time
June 9, 2024
Chevrolet Classic
$430
$345
$85
0.8 Hours
June 8, 2024
Honda Civic
$427
$345
$83
0.8 Hours
June 5, 2024
Mazda CX-5
$507
$410
$97
0.8 Hours
June 1, 2024
Smart Fortwo
$489
$410
$79
0.8 Hours
May 29, 2024
Volvo XC90
$236
$134
$102
0.8 Hours
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How did we estimate these prices?

Jerry's experts researched and collected data from 2500+ real repair shops in all 50 states in the US, including everything from the total cost of repair services to the hourly labor cost for mechanic labor in each shop. We combined that data with our expert database of hundreds of real repair jobs, thousands of real cars, millions of real car part prices in order to best estimate the cost of each repair service. Our labor cost estimate is calculated by taking the average hourly labor rate for a certified mechanic in the US, times the number of hours it takes on average to complete a repair. We recommend you compare your local shops with Jerry and contact those shops directly to get final pricing for your vehicle.

What parts do I need for my oil cooler replacement and how much do those parts cost?

You can check your owner’s manual or ask your mechanic for precise parts, but here’s the main thing you need:
  1. Oil cooler: This is the main component that needs to be replaced in the cooling system. It helps regulate the temperature of the engine oil, ensuring optimal lubrication and preventing overheating. On average, a new oil cooler can range from $50 to $250. 
  2. Oil cooler gasket: The oil cooler gasket is essential for creating a tight and secure seal between the oil cooler and other engine components. If your oil cooler has been malfunctioning, you might need to check on the oil cooler gasket and replace it as well. The average cost of a new oil cooler gasket is approximately $5 to $50. 
  3. Oil cooler hoses: These are the hoses that connect the oil cooler to the engine and the oil filter. They allow the flow of engine oil through the cooling system. A cooler hose will cost somewhere between $25 and $60.
  4. Engine oil: After the replacement, you'll need engine oil to refill the system to the optimal level. Engine oil costs between $10 and $40.
You can buy oil cooler parts for your car from auto parts stores like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts, as well as online retailers such as Amazon and RockAuto. Three brands we recommend for oil cooler parts are Hayden Automotive, Dorman, and ACDelco. However, the right parts and brands for your oil cooler replacement will vary depending on your vehicle’s year, make, and model.
When choosing between OEM and aftermarket options for a new oil cooler, it’s best to stick with an OEM part from your dealership. OEM engine oil coolers typically last longer and offer more reliability than their aftermarket counterparts. The only exception is if you’re looking to upgrade to an external oil cooler.
You can find oil coolers at body shops and auto parts shops like AutoZone, NAPA Auto Parts, and Advance Auto Parts. Another spot to purchase oil coolers is Amazon. 
However, before you purchase any parts, check your owner’s manual to make sure the part you’re purchasing is compatible with your vehicle.

Where can I get my oil cooler replaced?

With the rundown on 2,500+ vetted repair shops nationwide, Jerry's
GarageGuard™
can make the search for a mechanic to replace your oil cooler a lot easier.
Jerry's GarageGuard™ compares fair price estimates from local shops using actual hourly rates. You’ll be able to budget for diagnostic fees and see reviews from previous customers to make sure you’ll be happy with your service.
Here’s a look at some of our vetted shops below—and you can download the app to compare car repair quotes in your area.
153 Reviews
NuAuto

Oil Cooler Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$261
(Parts - $136, Labor - $125)
118 Reviews
Admiral Auto Care
address
6709 Pearl Rd, Cleveland, OH
Oil Cooler Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$272
(Parts - $136, Labor - $136)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$90
186 Reviews
Oak Street Station
address
2403 US HWY 18 INWOOD, Inwood, IA
Oil Cooler Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$232
(Parts - $136, Labor - $96)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$30
144 Reviews
Meineke Car Care Center 4369
address
7105 North 51st Avenue, Glendale, WY
Oil Cooler Replacement Cost
Fair Cost Estimate for This Shop
$282
(Parts - $136, Labor - $146)
Shop Diagnostic Fee
(Included in service charges)
$65
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How did we vet these shops?

Jerry experts researched 2500+ real repair shops across the US. We talked to real shop customers, and analyzed both real shop pricing data and thousands of real customer reviews from each shop to verify them individually. We do not partner with the shops listed above, and our analysis is always unbiased.

How will a mechanic replace my oil cooler?

During an oil cooler replacement, a mechanic will assess your oil cooler’s ability to cool your oil to the proper temperature and replace it if necessary. A mechanic will usually complete the following steps to replace your oil cooler:
  • Raise your vehicle to examine your oil cooler from underneath the chassis
  • Detect the defective oil cooler and remove it
  • Install a new oil cooler using new clamps

What happens if I don’t replace a bad oil cooler?

​​A damaged oil cooler may lose its effectiveness, resulting in your car’s engine overheating. This can lead to various issues, such as reduced engine performance, increased engine component wear, and, in some severe cases, engine failure.

What is an oil cooler?

An oil cooler is essential if you want to keep your engine’s lubrication and cooling systems functioning properly.
An oil cooler is a secondary radiator, smaller than the main one, responsible for maintaining the engine's oil supply at a consistent and optimal temperature. Its primary function is to cool the oil as it passes through the coils, enhancing the engine's longevity and improving the transmission's performance. These coolers are typically located in front of the engine's primary cooling system.

What are the symptoms of a bad oil cooler?

Routine oil changes can keep you one step ahead of a defective oil cooler, but here are some of the common symptoms that you might need an oil cooler replacement:
  • Engine power loss or misfiring due to oil contamination
  • Rises in engine coolant temperature
  • Discharges of dark exhaust (this is unburned oil released as part of the ignition cycle)

How often do you need to replace an oil cooler?

While an oil cooler should last you the lifespan of your car, they can start malfunctioning after several years (or once you reach and exceed 100,000 miles). 
Pro tip: Failure to perform regular oil changes throughout your car’s lifespan can lead to oil cooler failure around 50,000 miles, necessitating a replacement. When it comes to keeping your engine oil as clean and productive as possible, the best mechanics recommend you change your oil anywhere from 3,000 to 3,500 miles (sometimes longer for synthetic oil).

Is replacing an oil cooler yourself easy?

You should not attempt to replace an oil cooler yourself unless you’re very experienced in DIY auto repair. Trying to perform this repair without the proper knowledge and tools often exacerbates the issue and causes further complications.
For the average car owner, it’s best to let a certified mechanic diagnose and fix the problem.

FAQs

Driving a car with an oil leak can be hazardous as it increases the risk of the vehicle becoming a fire hazard. Failing to address the issue promptly may also lead to premature engine wear.
The procedure typically takes between 1-1.5 hours to complete.

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