Date: Fri, 26 Aug 2005 06:17:13 +0100
From: Grunff <>
Subject: Re: Massive Loss of Oil... Did I kill her? (loooong)

Chris Campbell wrote: > I installed the MBC because it was $25, instead of a new BPC that was > $300. So being a poor college student, I decided if I run the MBC at > near stock levels then it should be fine... Don't you "poor college student" me young man! When I was a "poor college student" we had to eat coal, and light greased rats to study by... > Am I hurting anything further if I drive the turbo with bad bearings? > I'd imagine at some point the turbo will just cease up... if I stop > driving the car when that happens (loss of boost), then am I going to be > doing more damage than if I have the turbo rebuilt now? As long as it really is turbo whine, not camshaft/balance shaft whine, then the worst you could do is ruin the whole turbo, rather than just the bearings. Turbo whine is quite distinctive, both in pitch and behaviour. > Also, what signs will I get if I have done damage to the top end of the > motor? All the noises that the engine had been making with the lack of > oil have now stopped. I drove it a few miles to the store and back just > a few minutes ago (didn't dare drive it like 50 miles round trip to work > and back) and there's nothing out of the ordinary, even the turbo has > quited down and all I hear now is the slight sound of the turbo spooling > up, which I heard pre-incident. > > I appreciate the help guys... I'm just at loss of what to do right now. > Its my only form of transport right now and I have little or no money to > put into the Saab. I think it'd be worth taking off the cam cover and having a good look around. -- Grunff

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