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Old 08-14-2007, 07:59 PM
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I think I might need a new turbo

The links are to pictures of what I found when I took off the hose and checked out my turbo. My truck has been kind of weak at higher RPMs (low-end torque is still really good) and I suspected the turbo might be to blame. I didn't have any black smoke at high power, though - which led me to think it might be something else for a while. Anyway, when I looked inside, I figured a new turbo was probably in order regardless of it being the root of the problem.

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I figure the oil is due to worn out seals of some sort. Any idea what would cause the blades to be bent like that? I don't know how something large would have gotten down the intake.

Here's the turbo I ordered - seems to be from a good guy (100% positive with almost 2500 feedback).
eBay Motors: BANKS 94/97FORD POWERSTROKE 7.3 TURBO TURBOCHARGER 1.00 (item 120149569156 end time Aug-14-07 20:35:28 PDT)

Also, should I replace the connecting hoses between the engine and the y pipe? They look pretty old and crusty. Where would I get something like that?

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Ryan
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Old 08-14-2007, 08:46 PM
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Oil residue in the turbo is common unless you have modded you crankcase vent system. Crankcase vapours vent into the cast pipe before the turbo, yeilding a coat of oil on everthing from turbo inlet to the head intake tubes as it is sucked into the engine.
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Old 08-14-2007, 09:38 PM
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What about the puddle of oil in the bottom of the turbo? I started up the truck and let it run for a bit with the tube off (while ensuring clean, undisturbed air) and the puddle of oil was still at the bottom of the housing. I would have expected it to go away.

What about the bent blades?
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Old 09-12-2007, 10:14 AM
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I have ended up isolating this to an exhaust leak (or perhaps a few). The bolt by the #7 cylinder was broken off of the exhaust manifold and it's leaking there. Who knows what shape the up pipes are in - but I'm going to try to work on those when I take the turbo out and replace it. Any ideas on replacements for those? I know there's an International replacement that doesn't require donuts, which is an attractive option to me. I hate repeating repairs.

Any thoughts?
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like what was said above oil is normal. the blades are not. they shouldnt be bent. have you looked into geting just the compressor wheel? it's way cheaper than a whole turbo. i havent heard about the IH replacment but if its really out there look into it more. oh, that oil puddle wount go away. if you wipe it out with a VERY clean cloth. and run it for a while the oil wont be there. but when you bolt the intake tube back up the oil mist will start again and the puddle will be back.
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Yes International has a fix for the leaking donut gaskets. Black Widow Diesel This are ceramic coated and they also have uncoated ones which you would be able to get from International. I have the coated ones that I need to put in.
EDIT: I just realized I was in the OBS forum. I dont know if these will work on the OBS. Call up Kevin at Black Widow and see what he says.
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Old 09-12-2007, 05:20 PM
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I found these up pipes for OBS trucks. Kind of expensive, but might be worth it. It's an extra $125 for ceramic coating. Is the ceramic coating worth the $$?

http://shop.blackwidowdiesel.com/pro...&productId=369
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Old 09-12-2007, 05:54 PM
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so did you get that turbo? I was thinking about getting the same one from that guy if mine took a crap. I'm curious as to what it's like compared to the stock.
My turbo looks just like yours after almost 300k miles.
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