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Old 01-18-2012, 01:39 PM   #1
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Question How to store a used turbo

Not sure if I'm in the right forum for this. I recently purchased a very low miles TD04 to eventually replace the stock one on my car. The unit looks new and doesn't have any shaft play. What is the best way to store this unit until it's to be used?

I was thinking placing some unused, clean motor oil in the oil chamber to coat the internals, covering all ports and placing it in a sealed bag should work but I wanted to get opinions from others that might be better informed.
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:23 PM   #2
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I'd fill it with oil and plug the oil feed and drain.....plug the coolant lines and spray it down with wd-40 all over and pop it in a plastic bag and tie it up and forgetaboutit
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Old 04-08-2012, 08:56 PM   #3
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Follow up question. I had wrapped up the turbo and stuck it on a shelf out in the garage. I'd placed just a bit of fresh oil in the oil chamber to keep the chance of rust or corrosion down. I pulled the turbo down recently just to get at something behind it and found that there was a small bit of oil that had seeped out.

The turbo was sitting on the shelf with the exhaust exit pointed down (resting on the turbine housing with the intake side facing up). The oil appeared to be coming from the turbo shaft, as there was fresh oil on the exhaust turbine and down the inside of the turbine housing, not through the oil line ports on the outside of the unit.

My question is, should some leakage be expected through the seals while sitting in this position for a couple of months? There isn't any noticeable shaft play and the turbo visibly appears almost new in all other regards (supposed to have under 10k miles).
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Bump for answer I'm noticing the same thing with my vf34....did you say wd-40 in the coolant passage?
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I asked this question of a turbo vendor once and he said there isn't a damn thing you can do to store a turbo. Uncle Scotty's advice would be the OCD approach, would be quick and easy. You would PLUG the coolant lines, not spray them. The spray is for overall outside rust protection. As to the leaking.....turbos leak....its what they do. Not a thing to worry about.
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I asked this question of a turbo vendor once and he said there isn't a damn thing you can do to store a turbo. Uncle Scotty's advice would be the OCD approach, would be quick and easy. You would PLUG the coolant lines, not spray them. The spray is for overall outside rust protection. As to the leaking.....turbos leak....its what they do. Not a thing to worry about.
Thanks, that's a relief. Also thanks to Uncle Scotty and Unabomber for all your great information on all things Subaru.
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