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Turbo deaths ???
4EyedTurd Offline
Junior Member
#1
Well, its only been a while since I got into the turbo4 scene but the only thing I've heard about them is they are prone to fire deaths. Why is this??Whats the culprit? Just curious since I'm got a fuel smell going down the highway today.
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Pete D Offline
Administrator
#2
Quote: but the only thing I've heard about them is they are prone to fire deaths.

I tend to doubt these are any more fire prone than any other 16-20 year old FI car. Unless you got a K&N cone filter and didn't hook the charcoal canister line back into the intake system, you should not get a gas smell. You need to investigate this quick. Could be as simple as an injector O ring dried out and needs changed. Those are fairly easy to change Sometimes the injectors develop leaks and need to be replaced.

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Pete Dunham


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Joe F Offline
Posting Freak
#3
IMHO the rep for "fire deaths" probably comes from the burning alternator syndrome, which AFAIK is not confined to turbo 4's. It's related to Fords failed "alternator output plug" experiment (my words). About the gas smell - find and fix it quick! Mine was traced to leaking injectors.

HTH.

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Be Cool,

Joe

JR's Place - My 87 TC
JR's Place - My '87 Turbocoupe
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Mr. Vanos Offline
Member
#4
I had an alternator plug fire on my '85. Thankfully I caught it just as it was starting and was just burning the plastic on the connector. I cut out the connector and resoldered the wires together and everything was fine after that. That car had 175,000 miles on it when I got rid of it (with rebuild at 124,000 due to burst coolant line).
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Jeff K Offline
Administrator
#5
I carry a fire extinguisher in all my cars, but have yet to have to use them. Very cheap insurance.

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Jeff Korn

88 Turbo Coupe: Intake and exhaust mods, T3 turbo at 21 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)
Jeff Korn

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.
05 Taurus SEL Duratec daily driver
04 Taurus Duratec (wifes car)
02 Pontiac Grand Prix GT
95 Taurus GL Vulcan winter beater
67 Honda 450 Super Sport - completely customized
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GlassRooster Offline
Senior Member
#6
I had a strong gas smell too. It was 2 injectors leaking and pooling the gas on the lower intake. I disregarded the pool as oil off of the valve cover since it looked black. I put a paper towel in it to clean the "oil" up and pulled it out. It was all 95% gas and a little oil. So look till you find it. I was lucky i wasnt invited to my own Car-B-Que.
David

87 TC Faded Burgundy with faded red interior
K&N and cold air ducting- rest is bone stock
02 Mazda Protege 5 Replaced Dead Saturn
99 Cougar- Wife's car new body style now Discontinued.
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Dick Murphy Offline
Member
#7
I just went through the fuel smell scenario. Ended up being injectors that needed replacing. PITA to seal them then discover that that doesn't fix it. If you can afford the parts and are sure it isn't the fuel rail leaking just replace the injectors.

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88 TC
86 XR7
91 Mustang LX with 85 XR7 motor
77 Lotus Esprit
87 Mercedes 190
66 Mustang
I wonder why my wife thinks I have too many cars??
88 TC
91 Mustang LX with 85 XR7 motor
77 Lotus Esprit
87 Mercedes 190
91 Mercedes SL 300
66 Mustang
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Dick Murphy Offline
Member
#8
There is a several item post regarding this item within the last few days under the topic "fuel leak."
88 TC
91 Mustang LX with 85 XR7 motor
77 Lotus Esprit
87 Mercedes 190
91 Mercedes SL 300
66 Mustang
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crystal Offline
Member
#9
Mine caught fire last week and it's alive and kicking again (valve cover blew, puked oil on to turbo which ignited the oil)

Guess who's buying fire extinguishers and urging all her friends to [Image: wink.gif]
88 TC, 63 Ranchero, most of a 48 Prefect Wink
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tlswart Offline
Senior Member
#10
When you get a fire extenguisher, make sure that it is all metal. Do not buy the cheap plastic valve one from WallyWorld. If you want to have one you want to know it will work and that you can refill it. Have them checked by the pros every 3 to 5 years. Check them for proper charge (green) every time you open the trunk or see a wrecked car on the side of the road.

I was standing by and watched a car fire with my small extinguisher in hand to stop grass fires until the big guys got there. To late to do anything else. Saved one car years back, not mine. That guy thought the world of me.

One in every car, smalls. Two in garage, one large and one medium. One in utility room, medium. One in kitchen, medium. One in office, medium. One next to bed, medium.

Paranoid? DUH!!!!

Obsess much? DUH!!!

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Terry: 88TC, 5spd, Gillis valve.

[This message has been edited by tlswart (edited 11-19-2004).]
Terry: 88TC, 5spd, Gillis valve.
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