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Old 12-17-2008, 01:28 PM   #1
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Unhappy 104k, fixing most problems, potentially big problem?

Ive had an exhaust leak in my downpipe for about a month, i was experiencing some nasty noises, and i wasnt holding boost. I buy a new bellmouth gasket and replace it. I put the car back together, test drove it only to find the turbo flange on the up pipe was smoking. Long story kind of short-my car is now ripped apart, I kept finding problem after problem.

This is what ive found so far:
-Every single rubber hose has become hard plastic
-There is a coolant leak in the main coolant line going to the turbo at the resovour (coolant is actually leaking through the center of the hose)
-The turbo inlet pipe got so hot that the clamp melted to it and made it worthless

Replacement parts purchased so far:
-perrin turbo inlet
-samco hose kit
-timing belt (time to do that anyway)
-radiator cap
-catless up pipe (found out the "nasty noise" i was talking about earlier was the cat in the up pipe broken up, which is scary in itself).
-all needed gaskets

The turbo looks fine, I dont see anything wrong with the turbine, it spins freely, wastegate opens and closes, so im gonna put it back in. Im no mechanic, just trying to use common knowlege to fix whats broke. Im hoping that my logic is close to right, and that the parts will fix it. Any advice? Thoughts? Jokes to make me feel better?
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:28 PM   #2
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Learn how to use the enter key? Perhaps separate the different symptoms and fixes into clean, concise sentences?
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:44 PM   #3
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I don't know any good jokes off the top of my head.

Are you doing the timing belt yourself? If so, most people also replace the water pump and crankcase seal while the belt is off.

What color smoke was coming from the uppipe area? It could just be one of your leaky hoses spilling onto the hot turbo.

I would also do a compression test for peace of mind after running for awhile with those sorts of leaks.
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Old 12-17-2008, 04:11 PM   #4
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Yes, im doing the timing belt myself, and i just read about people doing the water pump and crankcase seal at the same time, I also saw something about the oil pump and belt tensioner. So i decided to do all of that after christmas, so that im not spending all my money on my car.

I did a compression check a month ago when the car started feeling like ish. All cylinders were at 150.

The smoke was white, and i could see the leak from the flange, so im pretty sure nothing was leaking onto it. Actually, the hoses only leak after ive driven it for awhile.
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Old 12-17-2008, 08:40 PM   #5
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Learn how to use the enter key? Perhaps separate the different symptoms and fixes into clean, concise sentences?
Ouch!
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Old 12-17-2008, 11:02 PM   #6
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well idk just something to consider that the timing belt is pretty difficult thing to do for some one who isnt a mechanic or doesnt have proper tools so maybe take it to a shop to have them do the timing belt and all other pieces that go along just a recommendation because i thought about doin my timing belt my self and then read about all the little things that you have to do while doing it and it gets pretty complicated
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Old 12-17-2008, 11:11 PM   #7
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With the rubber hoses turning hard plastic and the turbo inlet pipe melting, it sounds like a very very hot hot engine. If you have a guage, what do your afr and egt looking like?

Also, your engine mods and type of tune would help the diagnosis.
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Old 12-23-2008, 12:04 PM   #8
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i dont have any form of tune, no form of engine mngmt, no guages other than the stock boost guage.

The car is pretty stock- lightweight flywheel is the only "performance mod" i have, turbo timer, recirculating BOV.
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Old 12-23-2008, 12:46 PM   #9
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i have 165,000 on my rex and many of the vacum hoses broke when i pulled the motor last week so this is no sprise to me that yours are hard plastic

and other than that your on the right track man.

dont hate your car for failing you its already done a lot of miles

how many times will you go to the doctor in your life? just enjoy the fact that you get to work on your own car and learn a little something

now for the joke
how do you kill a polar bear?

first cut a hole in the ice

second place several peas around the hole in the ice

now just wait

when the polar bear goes to take a pea kick him in the ice hole
man i love that joke

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Old 01-04-2009, 02:39 PM   #10
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i need help. ive searched for a vacuum line diagram and cant find one. i have a few lines that i still have to connect, and i dont remember where they were.. yes i realize that i am mildly retarded. can anyone help?
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Old 01-04-2009, 04:19 PM   #11
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i need help. ive searched for a vacuum line diagram and cant find one. i have a few lines that i still have to connect, and i dont remember where they were.. yes i realize that i am mildly retarded. can anyone help?
haha i hate it when that happens! i dont have a diagram, but if you can describe anything or show pics then i can probably help you.
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Old 01-05-2009, 11:51 AM   #12
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finished it last night...runs like a champ.
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