Date: Sat, 01 May 2004 15:09:42 +0100
From: Johannes H Andersen <>
Subject: Re: broken turbo

Dave Hinz wrote: > > On Sat, 1 May 2004 10:01:16 +0100, poom <> wrote: > > what happens when a turbo conks out? does the car just act like a non turbo > > car or does the whole thing conk out? > > Usually the turbo doesn't fail at all. If it does, a common mode is > that the bearings start getting noisy, and you get a loud whine from > it while using it heavily. If you wait long enough, the impellors > will eventually start hitting the insides of the housing, which turns > the whine into a howl. This, of course, wears on the impellors and > housing, making a rebuild of that turbo less of an option , because > the parts aren't in prime condition. > > Is this a curiousity kind of question, or are you having problems with > a turbo? Maybe with more details in the question a better answer could > be given. > > Dave Hinz If the turbo bearings go, then oil might spray into the air intake of the engine proper and clouds of blue would result?

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