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Old 26 Oct 2010, 12:19 pm
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Heart break this morning on the way to work.
I drive a 2003 pt gt stock turbo. While driving in this morning I heard a mysterious whine coming from my engine and I lost power. The whine only occured while accelerating or at highway speeds. There is still more than enough to power to drive normally, it is just the missing power inoticable. I assume my turbo has failed. I know the parts and repair for a failed turbo is expensive. My question is can I drive a long time without the turbo? ( I am very broke... divorce, child support, teacher's income) Any help would be nice. Thanks in advance
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Old 26 Oct 2010, 01:34 pm
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I'm not sure, I don't have a turbo so hopefully one of the guys who knows will come along and give you a good answer. I found this in a search.

Can you drive a car without turbo? - Yahoo! UK & Ireland Answers
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Old 26 Oct 2010, 02:30 pm
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Heart break this morning on the way to work.
I drive a 2003 pt gt stock turbo. While driving in this morning I heard a mysterious whine coming from my engine and I lost power. The whine only occured while accelerating or at highway speeds. There is still more than enough to power to drive normally, it is just the missing power inoticable. I assume my turbo has failed. I know the parts and repair for a failed turbo is expensive. My question is can I drive a long time without the turbo? ( I am very broke... divorce, child support, teacher's income) Any help would be nice. Thanks in advance
you can check the turbo by while then engine is cold and off. take off the intake and grab the wheel inside the turbo inlet and wiggle it back and forth and see if there is any shaft play and then spin it. if it spins freely and doesnt have much play then the turbo is still good.

now another thing is the whine. you said only accell and at speeds. are you sure its a whine and doesn sound like air??

another thing you can do is boost leak test it. maybe you blew off a hose and your hearing air escaping. air escaping is another reason for power loss.
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Old 27 Oct 2010, 01:57 pm
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Heart break this morning on the way to work.
I drive a 2003 pt gt stock turbo. While driving in this morning I heard a mysterious whine coming from my engine and I lost power. The whine only occured while accelerating or at highway speeds. There is still more than enough to power to drive normally, it is just the missing power inoticable. I assume my turbo has failed. I know the parts and repair for a failed turbo is expensive. My question is can I drive a long time without the turbo? ( I am very broke... divorce, child support, teacher's income) Any help would be nice. Thanks in advance

If you hear a whine that you didn't hear before, you may have a boost leak. Check your connections. The turbo whines all the time, you just can't hear it much in stock form with all the pipes hooked up in good condition.
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Old 27 Oct 2010, 04:07 pm
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The whine could be as simple as a boost leak. Check the intercooler hoses for leaks. Replace the OEM crappy wormdrive clamps with T-bolt clamps. OEM clamps are prone to leak, even new from the factory. Zip tie all vacuum hoses to prevent leaks and from popping off. Good luck.
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Old 28 Oct 2010, 07:46 am
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Yesterday I got a lot of smoke out of my exhaust pipe. A mechanic suggested that I locate the intercooler and check to see if a vacuum line has snapped off. Where is the intercooler? I know where its radiator is, but where is the intercooler?
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Old 28 Oct 2010, 08:55 am
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The intercooler is right in front of the radiator - fed by large air hoses - follow the hoses and inspect all joints
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you can check the turbo by while then engine is cold and off. take off the intake and grab the wheel inside the turbo inlet and wiggle it back and forth and see if there is any shaft play and then spin it. if it spins freely and doesnt have much play then the turbo is still good.

now another thing is the whine. you said only accell and at speeds. are you sure its a whine and doesn sound like air??

another thing you can do is boost leak test it. maybe you blew off a hose and your hearing air escaping. air escaping is another reason for power loss.
good info here. i was gonna say the same

for anyone needed a stock turbo replacement LMK.
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Old 08 Nov 2010, 12:50 am
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Smoke is a bad sign, check your the two hoses for the PCV system. Having a broken turbo behind the engine is not a good thing as it can sear broken bearings down to the oil and can potentially damage your engine.
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Old 11 Nov 2010, 03:58 pm
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Just to let ya'll know. I had the car checked out by a mech. It is the turbo. I was quoted $4000 to fix it. That includes labor, parts. What to do?
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