9/5 2000 2.3lt Turbo. The small "E" clip holding the vacuum actuator to the turbo waste gate valve arm came off causing the dump valve to rotate 180 degrees and jamming in the turbo housing. This causes a "check engine" condition but the car still ran O.K.. Could not free up the arm from outside the turbo and had to take it off to correct the problem. This was due to my own shortcomings in not having a proper manual to follow ( none are available). But after approx. 6 hours labor, all is well and fixed. But here is the catch- Why doesn't the factory do a better job of installing a retainer which will not come off or at least limit the amount of travel on the waste gate so that it does not flip all the way around.
I'm very suspicious that if I had taken this to the local dealer, it might have been a " you need a new turbo" repair. I say this because after I discovered the problem and called a local dealer, I was told " we have to look at it before we can tell". I would have a lot more respect for them if they had told me to simply remove the exaust side of the turbo and flip the valve back to the proper position and hook the arms back together.
My real intenet here is to let the rest of you know about this problem so you can check your cars and make sure that clip is properly secured and save yourselves an expensive repair.
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