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Old 06-17-2004, 02:22 AM
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Broke turbo coolant line

Let my mother drive a turbo lancer I have and about 3 miles from work the coolant line(water return line... I think) to the turbo blew out. Coolant went everywhere and the engine went into the red almost instantly. She then decided for some reason that it would be okay to floor it to work 3 miles down the road.

I really dont want to dig into this car as I have my hands full already with a monte, my cutlass, an 84 cutlass, and an 85 buick. The car started fine and seemed to run okay, but what are the odds of the turbo being cooked? The casing isnt cracked anywhere, but the car seems to lack in power now. 97,000 miles I think.



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Old 06-17-2004, 07:40 AM
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Turbo coolant lines are not strictly required. It is more of an idiot proof to keep oil coke problems away for people who dont understand that a turbo engine should be let idle so the turbo cools before killing the engine. Most turbos, especially large frame, are oil cooled only.

If a problem was caused it would more than likely be to the engine and not the turbo. The only thing to damage on the turbo is the bearings. If they are toast it will show up fast so keep an eye on shaft play. If the bearings were damaged shaft play will get real bad and could cause wheel to housing contact. If the wheel can be made to contact the housing by pushing on it, you need new bearings.

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