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Old 07-25-2008, 03:57 PM   #1
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Default So my turbo was on fire last night

Late last night I made a run up decker canyon from PCH. I was going pretty hard until I hit the part with houses. I slowed down and it smelled like something was burning. I kept going for a few more corners to let the brakes cool down and pulled over. Popped the hood and the hotside of my turbo was glowing red. Got back in right away and drove for about 10 minutes to cool it off. I'm thinking maybe it's time to get a better intercooler. Anyways I'm running an SPT intake, Catless Tanabe TBE, and a Cobb AP V2 on Stage II. Also it is untuned and I still have the stock uppipe. I've already made plans to get it tuned but I think I am going to take it easy and wait until I get a different intercooler and a better upipe. But my question is would an sti intercooler be enough to keep things cool under the hood? Is there something else that I am missing? Input would be much appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 07-25-2008, 04:06 PM   #2
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Turbos can glow if driven hard enough. It doesn't necessarily mean something is wrong. My buddy's turbo in his eclipse gst would glow all the time when we took it to the track. He had that thing forever too. One thing to note though, if you're going to push your car to the point of it glowing, you might either want to consider leaving it running for a couple minutes after you park, or get a turbo timer. Also get that tune asap.
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Old 07-25-2008, 04:11 PM   #3
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You're fine.
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Old 07-25-2008, 04:11 PM   #4
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Turbos can and will glow quite a bit. My 1.8T GTI would have a nice orange glow after I got done with some spirited driving.

I think you'll be hard pressed to find anything that would prevent the turbo from glowing red, except for a nice blanket (which just insulates more, less chance for burning, it's still red under there). Pretty sure this is 100% normal.
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Old 07-25-2008, 04:13 PM   #5
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ff you're going to push your car to the point of it glowing, you might either want to consider leaving it running for a couple minutes after you park, or get a turbo timer.
While it certainly cannot hurt to keep it running, natural convection will draw coolant and let the turbo cool down safely, unlike oil-only turbos.
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Old 07-25-2008, 04:39 PM   #6
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While it certainly cannot hurt to keep it running, natural convection will draw coolant and let the turbo cool down safely, unlike oil-only turbos.
Didn't know that. Good to know.
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Old 07-25-2008, 06:15 PM   #7
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You're car is fine don't worry. There'es not much difference going to the STi intercooler. If you're going to get it tuned anyway, you might as well get a new tmic.
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:59 PM   #8
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haha you should see the pipes on my motorcycle at night they are "on fire" what you just explained is normal and your turbo was not on fire.
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Old 07-25-2008, 11:52 PM   #9
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You could always get an EGT gauge if you want. Mine blinks at me if I hit 1600 degrees. But yeah, glowing red is fine..
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Old 07-26-2008, 01:15 AM   #10
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Perfectly normal.
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Old 07-26-2008, 02:39 AM   #11
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A different intercooler isn't going to keep the turbo from glowing.
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Old 07-26-2008, 03:20 AM   #12
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A different intercooler isn't going to keep the turbo from glowing.
+1, intercoolers only lower intake temps, not exhaust temps, which is causing your turbo to glow. Thats why they make turbo hot sides out of cast steel, they can handle it.
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Old 07-26-2008, 10:39 AM   #13
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My talon did it all the time.
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:22 AM   #14
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my wrx does it all the time in the winter when having fun
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:31 AM   #15
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my buddies manifold and turbo used to glow on his 92 eclipse , it reminded me of ET's heart!
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Old 07-26-2008, 12:18 PM   #16
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What where you EGTs?

I'd most likely say you're fine but you're untuned part in your OP threw me. Does that mean you're just running an OTS map or you're running mods without a "tune" at all. I could see that latter leading to elevated EGTs and lean running.
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Old 07-27-2008, 04:47 AM   #17
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not unusual for turbo cars but like said before you dont need a turbo timer. since our cars run coolant through the turbo and the upper coolant tank you are fine (natural convection was mentioned).

and just for kicks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1qQU...eature=related
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Old 07-27-2008, 06:43 AM   #18
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not to hijack the thread, but SS autochrome has really cheap intercoolers same size as turboxs tmic.
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Old 07-27-2008, 06:53 AM   #19
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Old 09-29-2008, 04:50 PM   #20
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same thing happened to me last night, took a nice run through my small town, and stopped to pop hood cause i smelt a wierd smell, and my whole turbo and uppipe were glowing bright red,i was like . too bad i left my marshmellows at home. but if ya'll say its normal, than im not going to trip on it, but i should get a egt gauge....
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:36 PM   #21
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haha you should see the pipes on my motorcycle at night they are "on fire" what you just explained is normal and your turbo was not on fire.
gotta love a nice aircooled V-twin. I have a ducati hypermotard that can reach 250 degrees oil temp. and I've heard over 300! I never made the pipes glow though. Not even on my trackbike.
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Old 09-30-2008, 04:37 AM   #22
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here is the video of this pic... its pretty sweet..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1qQU...eature=related
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Old 09-30-2008, 04:40 AM   #23
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btw... intercoolers wont help with glowing much because its on the compressor side, not exhaust... also, heat is very good for turbos so not to say that glowing red is awesome but it does help spin that wheel!!!
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Isn't that road fun! I like Latigo Canyon as well, not as well traveled.
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