Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 14:26:31 -0700
From: Justin VanAbrahams <jvanabranopsamnet>
Subject: Re: Turbo seals ?

GIB SAIL wrote: > > Have a 1987 900 T, 160,000 miles. Yesterday morning started smoking (?) upon > startup. White/gray smoke (steam ? ), worse as it warms up. Plugs are clean, > great compression each cylinder, engine oil clear, antifreeze not bubbling, > engine runs smooth, have turbo boost as usual. Local dealer wants $900 (by > phone diagnosis) for turbo replacement. How can I tell if that's the problem? I > can replace it myself for much less (including oil supply line) but not sure > that is what I need. Any suggestions appreciated!! thanks Assuming your car has its original turbo its impossible that white smoke is coming from the turbo... White smoke is caused by burning coolant/water, and the '87 900Ts did not have a water cooled turbo... If your car is actually a 9000, then it does have a water-cooled turbos... but 900s didn't get them until 1988. I would look elsewhere for the problem... Don't have any real clues, but white smoke would not be coming from a non-water cooled turbo... :) If it is time for turbo replacement, I would recommend going with a water-cooled unit... You'll need the turbo, the main coolant hose, a pair of coolant return lines, and a banjo fitting that going to the base of the intake manifold. You can probably get all this stuff "slightly used" (except the main coolant hose) from a dismantler for a hell of a lot less than $900... Evem if you don't go with a water-cooled unit, I would get the oil feed fittings from a '90 or later 900T - the feed lines have smoother curves for better oil flow. -Justin

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