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Cleaning the turbo

Took my truck to the dealership today with the CEL on. They said it was p0299 code ( meaning low turbo boost ) The truck runs fine though. Service guy said that the turbo will need to be taken down and cleaned. Is there any do-it yourself tricks that I can perform? He said it was probably carbon built up on the turbo wheel from sitting for a while. Thanks

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My question would be how does it build carbon just sittin there? was it sitting there idling or in storage kind of scenario.
Secondly I have never had a vgt turbo but I think the gummed up parts to clean are the vanes not the wheel.
There are many many 6.0 experts here who will help ya out but I am skeptical of the dealership in this case.

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I bought it 2nd hand a few weeks ago with 40k miles on it. Talked to he guy who owned it before me and it was a 2nd vehicle for him and sometimes it sat for weeks with no use.

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I had that issue about 3 years ago. What I was told at that time was that the moving vanes would build up with carbon and would not move properly. At that time they would replace the turbo which they did for me. Shortly after that I heard that they came up with a way to clean them. I am not to thrilled with that idea but it has not happened again since then.I try to limit my idleing and I use fuel treatment to keep it as clean as I can.I am trying to remeber if I read of a cleaning treatment.

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isnt that for the 6.0L not the 7.3L? Is there a guide to the 7.3?
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isnt that for the 6.0L not the 7.3L? Is there a guide to the 7.3?
7.3 is an "old fashioned" turbo.... it doesnt have the moving vanes and therefore doesnt stick like the 6.0 turbo does
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Yeppers the veins will carbon up on ya if it sits at idle for prolonged periods, but not for sitting unused. The tech that told you that is wacked. Ford does have a new carbon cleaning method, there is a thread on here somewhere about it. The way to keep a vgt clean is to pour the coal to 'er every chance you get.

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