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Old 20 Sep 2013, 01:00 am
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Hi everyone,
I was told this was a fairly common issue with turbo PTs, and have turned up lots of posts and videos about it.. It looks like the turbo on my 2003 PT has gone out producing white smoke from the exhaust after driving a short while. I've heard multiple things and just wanted to get some clarification.. If its oil burning, is it true that running the car for a day or so will seal the leaks and make the smoke go away? Or is the only way to fix this problem spending alot of money to have the turbo replaced?

I'll be honest, I loved the car when it ran good but it has cost too much money to repair due to the engine being so tight and hard to get into. I have another car that I'm driving and have no desire to spend anymore to get this fixed. If idling it and letting the oil burn off isn't going to fix it, can you guys recommend what to do with the car? Should I try and trade it in in such a condition or could you maybe recommend someone or a group (I know PTs have a big following) in the Dallas TX area willing to buy it and repair it themselves? I just can't spend anymore on the car.

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Old 20 Sep 2013, 03:55 am
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If you havent do it already try replacing the pcv valve. That is where I would start.
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Old 20 Sep 2013, 08:10 am
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If you havent do it already try replacing the pcv valve. That is where I would start.
I second that. But you didn't give us much info on the car . Such as mileage and things that have been done.

One other thing. Does the smoke smell sweet?
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Old 20 Sep 2013, 09:59 am
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The turbo has an oil recirculating system at the center shaft bearing. Most likely the seal(s) have begun to leak. It won't get better just by idling or driving. The "smoke" should have a slight blue-ish tinge if it's caused by oil, while pure white smoke is probably water (coolant). The most common reason this can happen is shutting down immediately after boosting. It's wise to get into the habit of loafing along, off boost, for the last few miles before parking the GT Cruiser and not coming in hot doing a 4-wheel power slide into your garage or parking spot. The oil acts to cool down the turbo bearing area but it takes a few minutes for this to happen. Shutting down with a uber hot turbo causes the oil to coke into carbon in the hot bearing. (You know what diamonds are made of, right?)

That's the bad news. The good news is the turbo is simple, easy to get to and repair, not like some other things on the Cruiser. A rebuild is a couple of hundred or a gently used turbo with a lot of life left in it is also a couple hundred. Of course it can cost quite a bit more if you just toss your keys to a mechanic and tell him to "Fix it!"
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Old 20 Sep 2013, 12:09 pm
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The smoke didn't look blue at all to me, just white and definitely didn't smell sweet. It smelled pretty bad and gave me headaches. I'm not sure how many miles is on it right now, its been awhile since I drove it and its parked at my mom's house right now. If I had to guess I'd say 130k+.

The mechanic who looked at it yesterday said he thought it was the seals on the turbo going out. He was the one who told me idling it for a day or so would seal the leaks.
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Chantix for turbos?
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I second that. But you didn't give us much info on the car . Such as mileage and things that have been done.

One other thing. Does the smoke smell sweet?





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I've heard of that strain before....I would recommend exhaling fully,then light it.....And maybe try using on of these!LMBO
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do you know any knowledgable PtGT or SRT-4 guys near you? if so have one of them take a look at it for you.

turbo have any shaft play?
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I've heard of that strain before....I would recommend exhaling fully,then light it.....And maybe try using on of these!LMBO
Can't help it if it works for some.

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do you know any knowledgable PtGT or SRT-4 guys near you? if so have one of them take a look at it for you.

turbo have any shaft play?
Now that was something they can use.
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