Date: Tue, 04 May 2004 02:22:00 GMT
From: "James Sweet" <>
Subject: Re: broken turbo

"poom" <> wrote in message news:4093675f$0$590$ > what happens when a turbo conks out? does the car just act like a non turbo > car or does the whole thing conk out? > > cheers > > Any one of a number of things happen, but the usual cause is worn bearings or failed oil seals. If the bearings wear you need to rebuild the turbo before the housings and impellers are damaged from rubbing, if the oil seals fail you'll have massive oil consumption, lots of blue smoke, and it can plug up the catalytic converter. Either way it's something that needs to be fixed immediatly. Also at least in the Volvo group people occasionally ask if they can just remove the turbo, the short answer is no, if the engine runs at all it'll run like crap and won't have nearly the power of the standard non-turbo engine.

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