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Old 09-07-2008, 09:18 PM
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03 turbo questions

ok, grabbed an awesome deal on an '03 turbo, and received it this past Friday. It 'seems' to be in pretty decent shape, but I was wondering what to check externally first. I hear reference to checking for 'play' or 'wobble' but was not sure where to check. I checked both the intake side and exhaust sides, and both seem to not have any excessive play in them. I assume I should think about a reconditioning on the turbo, have a couple links to a thread here and one on TDG on what to do. I am fairly mechanically inclined. Did my own lift, do all own maintenance, have rebuilt 'gas' engines, but this is my first diesel and first vehicle with a turbo. Should I tackle the reconditioning myself, or let a local show do it. There is a Diesel Performance shop that specializes in Power Strokes like 5 min from the house, but I hate paying anyone to do much of anything on my vehicles, so looking for input on people who have done the reconditioning and such and if it is a pain in the a$$ or fairly simple.. Thanks in Advance
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I don't know about the turbo deal, but I think I would use redwood on my deck instead of yellow pine, you know the yellow pine will warp.
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I don't know about the turbo deal, but I think I would use redwood on my deck instead of yellow pine, you know the yellow pine will warp.
man mike, sometimes u leave me questioning what i have typed.
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man mike, sometimes u leave me questioning what i have typed.
I'm sorry I was a little off topic.
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I'm sorry I was a little off topic.
it sure feels like we just went through this not too long ago
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I don't know about the turbo deal, but I think I would use redwood on my deck instead of yellow pine, you know the yellow pine will warp.
It will withstand the bird poop a lot better too. Won't stain. You don't want to get poop stains on your deck...
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I just used that yellawood to build new shutters on my house. You telling me those shutters are now poop magnets? Oh LORD!!
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IMHO.....since you already have it out then take the time to let a qualified TURBO shop rebuild and rebalance it. The kit with an upgraded thrust bearing is only about $125 or so shipped to your house. You can tackle and accomplish the rebuild, I'm quite sure, but you may want someone with the correct equipment to balance it. Also consider having the veins and unsion ring ceramic coated to prevent rusting/sticking. It does make a difference. Here is a link to a partial rebuild of the turbo: FDDTS - Turbocharger Reconditioning Just take lots of pictures and mark everything accordingly before disassembly.
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well, I decided to bite the bullet and try and tackle this one myself, since I picked up the turbo so cheap ($140 shipped)
got it apart, and looks like got a decent turbo, no vanes were stuck and the unison ring and cam pin were both in great shape. Looks like just needs to be cleaned up and put back together. I was able to use my finger and easily slide the unison ring to open and close the vanes.
off to get the cleaning pads and some anti-seize lubricant then to find an '03 pedestal. There was one issue, looks like a bolt was broken off in one of the mounts that I will have to use an ez-out on, other than that all going smoothly.
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i have one to that im going to install hopefully this weekend. do you have any recomendations on things i should look out for when i reinstall the 03. ive read things a lot of things that state its hard to get it to not leak exhasut. is this true?
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