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Chipped Turbo fan blade

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I had just put in a new (but used with under 100k miles) turbo in my 06’ 6.0. After test driving it for the first time, I pulled the intake off and noticed the fan blades on the turbo where chewed up like a chew toy after that one drive. Is it safe for me to drive the truck with chipped fan blades? I’m not noticing any driving differences except for slightly higher but not alarming egts. And I believe my mechanic hooked up the oil feed line incorrectly which starved the turbo of oil which caused this to happen yet caused an oil leak on right below the turbo and dripping down both sides of the transmission.
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What I see in the pic is a braided line. If that is the turbo feed tube, it needs to be swapped for a solid one.

For if the chipped turbo good or not, I don’t know. It does rotate at somewhere around 11k rpm, and IMO that does not balance it correctly and will start to wear it out quicker.

I’ve noticed on my cheaper grinding dies that are not built for high RPMs, when I put them on my die grinder, they are not rotating correctly. They still grind fine, they are just not balanced and the quicker rotation causes them to not rotate straight, but starts to arc the rod they rotate on.

If this is going on with your turbo and it shatters, the pieces have a long way to go through the CAC tubes and will most likely get stuck in the intercooler before going into the engine.

Is this scenario likely? Not sure.

Perhaps the shop that did the work can help in some way in replacing the compressor wheel. A good mechanic can do this in two or three hours. I’m not good. I’d take two or three days to do it.
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