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Without having to remove anything, is there any way to get the dead bug carcasses out of the intercooler?

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What about carefully using a vacuum cleaner with a small, soft brush attachment? Then following that up with a wash from a garden hose w/sprayer. I just wonder if a presure washer might damage (bend) the intercooler's fins.
 

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What about carefully using a vacuum cleaner with a small, soft brush attachment? Then following that up with a wash from a garden hose w/sprayer. I just wonder if a presure washer might damage (bend) the intercooler's fins.
I would never use a pressure washer aimed directly at an fmic, condensor, or radiator.

OP, you could use some light air pressure from an air nozzle as well.
 

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Soak with bug & tar remover
agitate with a SOFT bristle brush
rinse with a gentle stream of water
A vacuum with a bristled tip is a good idea as well.

But stiff bristles and pressure washers can bend the fins.
 
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Thanks for the ideas. My worry about power washer is driving me bugs deeper and also bending fins.
 

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Take it for what its worth.

For protection from debris, I use .062" dia. x 1/4" square stainless weave cloth, install/secure behind OEM grill opening. So majority of debris is generally kept out. I have that on my Fit, Hatchback and C6 Corvette.

I previously used my gas power high pressure washer but due to excessive noise in morning hours when I wash car, I have been using an electric Kranzle 1322 the past two years and that is a pure joy. Also use Master Blaster to blow dry car.

Been pressure wash cars for decades, and never ran into problems with bending fins on condenser, radiator, and the 27WON FMIC's fins/bars are definitely more stout than OEM IC and my new Koyorad sits behind the condenser. Pressurized water has to penetrate through the 1/4" square stainless weave cloth first, also kept pressurized water at a safe distance, so I believe condenser, radiator and FMIC will continue not be harm and continue to enjoy debris free components after wash.
 

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Take it for what its worth.

For protection from debris, I use .062" dia. x 1/4" square stainless weave cloth, install/secure behind OEM grill opening. So majority of debris is generally kept out. I have that on my Fit, Hatchback and C6 Corvette.

I previously used my gas power high pressure washer but due to excessive noise in morning hours when I wash car, I have been using an electric Kranzle 1322 the past two years and that is a pure joy. Also use Master Blaster to blow dry car.

Been pressure wash cars for decades, and never ran into problems with bending fins on condenser, radiator, and the 27WON FMIC's fins/bars are definitely more stout than OEM IC and my new Koyorad sits behind the condenser. Pressurized water has to penetrate through the 1/4" square stainless weave cloth first, also kept pressurized water at a safe distance, so I believe condenser, radiator and FMIC will continue not be harm and continue to enjoy debris free components after wash.
I live in Florida which is bug central ( love bugs mostly) I’ve used a electric power washer too clean out the Intercooler and never had a problem also
 

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I live in Florida which is bug central ( love bugs mostly) I’ve used a electric power washer too clean out the Intercooler and never had a problem also
Third. NE Florida sweller here, frequently using my pressure washer in "taboo" places on my vehicles. Never had a problem that wasn't tied to something else failing (like the bad spark plug boots on my 2001 Hyundai).
 

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Third. NE Florida sweller here, frequently using my pressure washer in "taboo" places on my vehicles. Never had a problem that wasn't tied to something else failing (like the bad spark plug boots on my 2001 Hyundai).
I’m in south west Florida the love bugs were worst last year every day I had to clean the car this year isn’t that bad maybe their afraid of the virus
 

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