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Turbo troubles garage replaced faulty one and it only lasted

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turbo troubles garage replaced faulty one and it only lasted 5 weeks what could be problem have dispatch 1600 only 57000 on clock
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  Robert replied 2 years ago.

How do you mean gone faulty? in what way...

Where did they source the turbo from?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Robert

Went to garage as van was losing power and garage said turbo fault as lack of oil replaced turbo with reconditoned turbo, but then timing chain jumped link and engine needed serious work, got van back on road but

5 weeks later bearings starting to play up on replaced turbo, not getting a lot of joy or explanation from garage is vault with van or workmanship

yours H Mackenzie

Expert:  Robert replied 2 years ago.


I think your main concern here is why the turbo isnt getting a proper feed of oil - thats why the shaft bearings go so early and 99% of the time is the most common failure for most turbo' the bearings run hot/wear out considering the extremely high speed the turbo compressor/vane shaft spin at - then its not surprising to see them fail very early on if the turbo core isnt getting a proper supply of oil and return - things i would check for or ask even is or has the garage when they replaced the turbo also replaced the feed and oil return lines to the turbo unit itself - its best practice for any garage when they find out the turbo failed due to oil starvation is to replace those 2 oil lines..if they havent then im afraid to say could be the reason it failed again and the reconditioning company may void warranty if found to be the case..provided the initial cause isnt to do with a oil pressure fault on the engine ie: failing oil pump / bad oil quailty / blocked oil filter / high carbon soot build up in the engine/engine oil... which needs addressed or ruled out.... I do hope this helps.... if you require to ask anything further then please do before you rate