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Valeo Intercoolers Cooling and air management for LCV

Increase the engine power

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.


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


O.E. 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 part Application for Year OES cross Traffic Air or water cooling
818263 BMW 1,3,4 series F20 2L 2012 17 51 7 618 809 RHD/LHD Air cooling
818260 BMW 1,3,4 series F20 3L 2011 17 51 7 600 531 RHD/LHD Air cooling
818259 BMW 1,2,3,4 series F20 2,0&1,6L 2011 17 51 7 600 530 RHD/LHD Air cooling
818841 PEUGEOT 308 2007 1440-H9 RHD/LHD Air cooling
818290 PEUGEOT 308 2013 9675627980 RHD/LHD Air cooling
818276 MERCEDES C CLASS (204) 2007 2045000500 RHD/LHD Air cooling
818227 CITROEN C5 2009 1440-Q9 RHD/LHD Air cooling
818852 NISSAN NOTE 2005 14461-9U21A RHD/LHD Air cooling
818838 AUDI A1 2010 03F145749C RHD/LHD Air cooling
818226 PEUGEOT 308 2009 0384-N9 RHD/LHD Air cooling


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