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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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That's what it looks like when a screw or a nut goes through compressor blades. The remnants are prob in the turbo and/or intercooler. Being that the intake edges are damaged you sucked in a foreign object. We call that FOD-foreign object damage in my job. If the blade edges/tips along the housing and housing were scored up/worn that would mean the bearings went and you have end shaft play. You'll feel it if you wiggle the shaft. doubt your bearings went after one test ride but if they were starved of oil they're probably damaged. Usually you'd be burning oil and notice it. The oil leaks probably mean the pedestal o-rings got pinched or incorrectly/not installed. Just my thoughts.

Don't run that turbo until you've taken everything apart and cleaned it out, reverse flushed the intercooler, and changed the wheel. Might throw a good billet wheel on it while your in there. This could destroy your engine if shavings made it all the way through.
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