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Old 12 Feb 2011, 02:06 pm
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I just joined the group today, and I have a question. I have a 2005 Turbo Convertible, and the Turbo seems to have crashed. I have read how to remove it for repair, and I think I can do that. It's a tight fit to get at anything in the engine compartment, so I am sure there will be a few knuckles bleeding, and a few cus words said in the process. Before I start pulling it out, I am sure there are a few things that should be looked at that may solve the problem. Can anyone give me a list of what those possibilities may be? If I have to remove the Turbo unit, what is a reasonable time period from start to finish? Are there rebuilt units available? I saw that Ebay has some kits to rebuild, but unless I see what the problem is, there isn't any reason to buy one yet. Last question is, can the car be driven with the Turbo not functioning. I read that there is a possibility of getting filings in the oil that could cause damage.
Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 13 Feb 2011, 01:17 pm
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Why do you think the turbo is dead? Have you remove the intake hose and check for shaft play? I would not drive the car with the turbo not working. You will barely hit freeway speed.
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Old 13 Feb 2011, 05:07 pm
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For some reason, my post was moved off the Tech area. I may be a bit stupid at times, but this is certainly a technical question in my opinion.
I did remove the intake tube, inserted my finger, felt the impeller, and I can wiggle it around. It also spins a bit "floppy" when I spin it.
I also took out the air filter box, and there was oil in it, which tells me something else may be wrong, but that could be a faulty PCV valve???
I removed the intake manifold, and separated the throttle body from the manifold, and there was some oil in the butterfly area.
I need to know if the rad has to be drained to remove the Turbo, as I saw there is a water connection from the heater pipe going to the Turbo. I understand the cooling of the Turbo is both oil and water from what I have been able to read.
I really need some assistance on this one.

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Old 13 Feb 2011, 07:01 pm
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For some reason, my post was moved off the Tech area. I may be a bit stupid at times, but this is certainly a technical question in my opinion.
Yes it is a technical question but we also have a TURBO section and you'd have a better chance of getting answers from fellow members that have a turbo.
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Old 13 Feb 2011, 07:22 pm
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We recently added a User's Guide for PT Cruiser Turbos which might answer some of the techical questions about your turbo. It can be found in our photo section here:

http://www.ptcruiserlinks.com/forum/...albums229.html

Hopefully it will assist you in determining the condition of your turbo. Don't hesitate to contact us should you need further assistance or clarification.

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Old 13 Feb 2011, 08:26 pm
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Turbo questions should be posted in the turbo section.

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Old 14 Feb 2011, 03:40 pm
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Thanks for the info. I didn't check further down the page, so I didn't see the Turbo section.
I have talked to Chris Wright at Turbos Unleashed, and he was very helpful.
Whoever suggested contacting them on the site, thank you!
The one thing I am hearing is the removal of the oil line to the Turbo at the engine is no small task. Any comments as to the best way to attack it?
If anyone has a photo of where the line connect to the engine, it would be really appreciated. I have NO idea where it is.
Thanks
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Old 18 Feb 2011, 03:01 pm
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You should have a shop manual before you tackle this, or at least the section that deals with turbos, so you at least have the torque specs for reassembly.

I don't know what you symptoms are but did you test for boost leaks if you are not getting any boost?
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Old 19 Feb 2011, 01:41 pm
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Yes, I certainly need a shop manual.....With the air intake tube off, it's fairly obvious that the bearings are shot, as I can move the impeller side to side and up and down with my finger.
I am fairly sure the oil line is also clogged up.
I am going for a rebuilt unit. For $500.00 it's a lot better than screwing around and applying patches that will just need mending a few months down the road.
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Old 19 Feb 2011, 02:01 pm
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Wow, this couldn't have turned out better for Turbosunleashed if this had been a commercial for them.

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