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You know I took another hard look at the filter, box, hose and turbo. The grime I think was just dirty oil that collected and I think is from a worn turbo seal allowing oil to seep into the air intake hose from filter box (maybe?) from what I have read. There is some very faint white which I thought was dust is actually just rubber oxidized byproduct from production in 5/2000.
The only real evidence of dusting are the turbo blades. I went to the Ford Doctors website and studied the pics for an hour and then compared to my blades. Mine shows wear but not abnormal damage attributed to foreign particles or dirt ingestion. "Compressor blades are clean and straight. There are no large gaps between the compressor housing
and the compressor wheel." would describe mine. There are not dings, turn downs, etc..more from the Ford Doctors below describes a bad situation
"The compressor wheel blades show signs of erosion from dirt entering the intake air system. The blades are rounded off and there is dirt accumulation in the compressor inlet."
"Wheel shows signs of some outside object (nuts, bolts, screws, etc.) coming in contact with the blades while they were spinning."
I'm not an engineer but the whole setup is total crap. The metal pins are horrible and even worse are the plastic fingers and corresponding grooves for the top of the housing. Upon very close examination with a dental mirror and flashlight you can spot the tip of the rubber stock replacement filter where it meets the external housing on the exterior side of the box.
The stock setup permits some air flow around the filter media...total crap!
I am hoping the real issue is a worn out turbo and seal. Again, blades appeared normal for age.
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