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replacing turbo...
Kramer Offline
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#1
Well, I haven't gotten it looked at professionally yet, but i believe my bird needs a new/rebuilt turbo. it's been run to hell and back, and i think it's starting to rub on the housing. think it might have a leak somewhere too, as i'm getting problems holding boost, and reallyreally loud/funny noises as the turbo spools.

I just wanted to know how much it should cost me to replace everything...
88 Tbird with the IHI...
I'm trying to keep costs down, but i don't have the knowledge to do it all myself.
(ie. go to the junkyard and pull one, and install it)
Would it just be better to get a bigger turbo now, instead of replacing this one, then having to do it later?
Any suggestions/ideas/quotes?
thanks alot




[This message has been edited by Kramer (edited 10-09-2003).]
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Pete D Offline
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#2
From what little I've seen, a rebuilt IHI would probably cost more than a rebuilt T3.
That's assuming a reputable place did the rebuilds.You might want to think about upgrading, especially if you were planning on it at some point Be sure to use a new oil supply line. nobody can tell you exactly what it will cost until it's apart. If it's just bearing and seals, the parts might be around $100 (not including labor) If it needs a new wheel or the shaft has to be replaces, that's a different story.

Buying a used turbo sight unseen is a crap shoot. Every seller will tell you "it spins freely". Well hot damn, yours still spins freely to, it's just the blades bounce off the housing, while it's freely spinning.

I would advise avoiding high boost so you don't damage it further.
Pete Dunham


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Kramer Offline
Junior Member
#3
Well, thanks for the info...
cept now,
it's burning oil like its cool.
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heh.
Well, I pretty much need this car to be running, and dont have money to repair it...
how unhealthy would it be to drive this thing around for a couple days burning oil like that? as long as i keep the level ok...

it seems to be burning at the turbo area
eek
and its blowing out the exhaust really bad.
It also akes funny clicking noises when the vac reaches the 0ish mark... trying not to go into any boost at all anymore.

Anyone selling a t3 for cheap? =)
Anyone willing to help out a poor military man, so he can drive to work? =)

thanks a lot
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Pete D Offline
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#4
Quote:how unhealthy would it be to drive this thing around for a couple days burning oil like that? as long as i keep the level ok...

Probably won't hurt you a bit. For th epeople behind you it could be a different story! [Image: biggrin.gif]

You could block off the oil supply line to the turbo. We did it for one guy and he actually drove the car several hundred miles home. The turbo will be toast cause it won't get any oil and the car will be slow, veerrry slow if the turbo seizes up.

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Kramer Offline
Junior Member
#5
Okay, I need to get this fixed asap and so I'm taking it into a garage...

anyone know roundabouts of how much i'll be looking at for all the labor AND parts? assuming that all that needs replaced is the turbo and anything else that needs replaced along side it.
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**PathogeN** Offline
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#6
I've got a toasted T3 (spins freely!!!!) that is in one piece but has a bit of shaft play. Its yours for shipping cost (from california zip 94588).

E-mail me at [email protected] and we can work out the details if you'd like.
88 Turbo Coupe (White)
88 Psudo Coupe (Silver LX)
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Kramer Offline
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Thanks a lot...
check your mail.


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cordes Offline
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You could save some big bucks by replacing it yourself. It should not be that difficult. Sounds like yours is toast for sure. I would call around to the local junk yards and see if they have any turbos off of a turbo ford for sale. I would pay bottom dollar for a unit that would get you by until you could get enough funds together for a larger unit. Good luck.

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Jeff K Offline
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#9
If it is burning serious oil, it is likely that you will contaminate the 02 sensor with the oil, and it wont provide correct A/F ratio info to the EEC. Not that big a deal... just replace the 02 sensor when you get the turbo fixed.

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88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 20 psi, forced air intercooler, water injection, bypass valve, Ranger roller cam, subframes, etc., etc.. // 86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP nitrous, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.... // 91 Escort: Bone stock winter car // 02 Taurus Vulcan(wifes car)
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88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 24 psi, forced air IC, water injection, BPV, Ranger cam, subframes, etc., etc.
86 Tbird 5.0 (original owner): intake, exhaust, valvetrain mods, 100 HP N2O, ignition, gears, suspension, etc., etc.
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