|April 22, 2007 - This odd little doodad is an oil cooler.|
It sits under the oil filter and coolant runs through it. I don't really see how effective it can be given the relative temperatures of oil and coolant - unless it's intended to get the oil up to temperature more quickly. Regardless, I'll install it if only to act as a spacer. If I install a real oil cooler running through a thermostat, I need this thing to make sure all the fittings clear various protrusions on the block.
My apologies for the picture quality. I forgot the real camera so this is from a camera phone.