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Turbo worn out already?
This is urgent because I have to make a $3000 repair decision…
I have my 2004 F350 FX4 in the shop to chase an oil leak. It has 110k miles and is regularly maintained with no mods. The oil leak is likely coming from the oil cooler, but before getting to that, the mechanic found that there is a small amount of oil spitting from the output of the turbo at idle while the i/c tube is off. He also says there is a bit too much “play” in the turbo shaft and the turbo should be replaced. He said this leak will get worse and lead to the i/c filling up with oil which will eventually cause catastrophic engine failure. He also recommends that the intake manifold be de-carboned and an injector cleaning done for good measure while it’s there and the manifold is off etc.
This is the first time I’ve used this shop. They come with good recommendation and they seem very honest, but replacing the turbo & oil cooler is looking to be a $3000 job and I’m a bit shocked that the turbo is worn out with only 110k miles.
What I’d like to know is if all this sounds reasonable as far as the turbo replacement goes. Is it likely this leads to a blown motor if the turbo seals go out completely & flood the I/C with oil?
Any input would be helpful.