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Old 11-09-2013, 12:04 PM
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Possibly blown turbo

I am new to Powerstroke's, I have a late 99' F350 Super Duty crew cab dually 4X4 long box. I have Edge tuner (OBD style) and had a wicked wheel. I Just blew out the tranny 3 weeks ago, that was 4k(had her built near bullet proof by a very reputable shop locally, billet shafts multi-stage billet TQ). So I was towing our converted race car trailer(10,000+ lbs) to our hunting shack in northern Minnesota and 75 miles into the trip I noticed when we would slow down for traffic it would puff bluish smoke and smelled burnt oil. My gut said turn around, my brain said ahh keep going it will be okay. Well after passing a semi and just as I switched lanes the whole truck was engulfed in white smoke and reeked of burnt oil smell. As I pulled to the shoulder (we gave the poor semi driver a heart atatck & he probably had to change his shorts) I quickly shut it down. I new it was not the motor, because Oil pressure was good. (I have a quad gauge pod with EGT, Oil Pressure, Trans Temp, Boost). I now have it tore apart at a buddies shop, the turbo definitely is junk. The turbine broke in half. My question is the any issues with buying a turbo of ebay. I found a slightly modified (banks turbine wheel) for 450.00 + ship w/2 year warranty? Or should I spend a little more for a bigger turbo. I don't race, besides stoplights, I was told to keep the wastegate and the cold start valve since it gets to -30 up here. Any input or recommendations?
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Old 11-09-2013, 12:12 PM
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check their reviews and see how well people rated them.

that should let you know how well they build turbos.
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xs-power.com is one of them, you heard of them. Realistically what would be a bigger and better turbo? nothing crazy
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Also what do you recommend that I replace now with the turbo out for preventative maintenance? I.E. when doing a gas chevy intake job, you also replace fuel pressure regulator and fuel filter. (It's just an example I know it's not a diesel). I see that the passenger pipe leaks at the seal into the Y-pipe for turbo. I also know I will need to remove the intercooler, cuz that b*tch is full of engine oil. Just removed turbo, no oil on exhaust input side, so thats awesome. motor is good.
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you could replace up pipe donut gaskets while you have the turbo off.
those commonly fail and you already have the turbo out.

also change all 4 pedestal orings while you have the turbo out and reinstal pedestal at correct torque.

if your manifold boots are looking really oil soaked you could get some new ones and do the CCV mod

lastly, pull the clamp on the passenger side fuel line and put a piece of rubber around the hard line, the clmap wears a hole in the fuel line over time.

the clamp is near the turbo pedestal.
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Old 11-09-2013, 01:19 PM
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whats a CCV mod?
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you re-rout the crank case vent. it vents into the intake.

the ccv is what causes oily intercooler boots and gets oil in the intercooler like you mentioned.

you dont need to remove the turbo to clean the intercooler out.
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the turbo is junk, its out of truck. the turbine broke in half. Do I use a de-greaser in the inter-cooler to clean out the residue oil? also there is oil all over the drivers side head and valve cover. I cant tell if its a valve cover gasket.
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doubt its a vc gasket. But with everything removed, it wont be difficult to have a look. I'd find a used turbo off craigslist and order a rebuild kit for it. Be done with turbo for $200.00.

The oil at d/s vc could be from the ccv vented into the air intake.

I used simple green to clean out the IC when my turbo let loose.
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I used purple power to clean up IC. (We had thought the inter-cooler would have been full of oil, but it was not, because of where the turbine snapped, dumped all oil into exhaust side), the turbo is pretty much non-salvageable, the exhaust side of the turbine snapped off and played pinball with the cold start valve. It's actually really impressive, it's sitting in sideways. Yeah, she's junk the housing is damaged on both sides. Hoping to find a turbo and have it 2 day shipped. Big trade show this weekend. Well good news is, it's only a turbo. It could have been worse.
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