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Old 11-05-2012, 07:53 PM   #1
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I was on my way back home today on the highway driving at about 4000 rpms and my check engine started flashing and my engine started shaking like hell. So i pulled over and popped open my hood, i could smell something burning and my turbo was crazy orange it was overheated obviously. Checked my engine oil everything is fine checked my prestone and it was fine also. My car only has 130 000km (81 000 miles). If i turn on the car on idle it shakes a lot! What can it be the up pipe? Is the turbo burnt?
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:11 PM   #2
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I was on my way back home today on the highway driving at about 4000 rpms and my check engine started flashing and my engine started shaking like hell. So i pulled over and popped open my hood, i could smell something burning and my turbo was crazy orange it was overheated obviously. Checked my engine oil everything is fine checked my prestone and it was fine also. My car only has 130 000km (81 000 miles). If i turn on the car on idle it shakes a lot! What can it be the up pipe? Is the turbo burnt?
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Your turbo was orange! On man. Is your coolant line still attached to your Turbo?
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:14 PM   #3
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I dont know but it wasnt leaking. Im thinking maybe the upipe is completly blocked so it causing it to overheat ?
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:18 PM   #4
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I dont know but it wasnt leaking. Im thinking maybe the upipe is completly blocked so it causing it to overheat ?
That's still crazy. The fact the turbo was glowing hot when you pulled over is really bad news man. Does your car have the stock uppipe?
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:25 PM   #5
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The car is 100% stock, when i was looking something underneath the turbo was overheated also im thinking its the up pipe but i really have no idea!
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:34 PM   #6
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The car is 100% stock, when i was looking something underneath the turbo was overheated also im thinking its the up pipe but i really have no idea!
I wonder if your turbo had begun to ingest your catalytic converter in your uppipe
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Old 11-05-2012, 08:57 PM   #7
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your turbo has both coolant and oil lines. There's a screen in the oil line that is infamous for clogging. not good your turbo was red hot. good chance the heat or possible lube void damaged the bearings.

pull the turbo and inspect blades, and if it still turns freely. you prob will need to replace. I replaced mine with a used that worked a-ok.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:03 PM   #8
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Ok perfect would the line that brings the oil need to be changed also since its clogged?
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:05 PM   #9
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I wonder if your turbo had begun to ingest your catalytic converter in your uppipe
06+ WRX didn't have a cat in the uppipe.
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06+ WRX didn't have a cat in the uppipe.
I can't see what year his car is from the android nasioc app haha
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:08 PM   #11
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I can't see what year his car is from the android nasioc app haha
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Its an 02 sorry guys forgot
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:56 PM   #13
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It could be any or all of your cats. I would check them all.
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:30 PM   #14
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Ohhh, well in that case the uppipe cat my in fact be the culprit
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:08 PM   #15
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Ever figure it out?
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Not yet it happened last night so probably taking it to the mechanic tomorrow!
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:32 PM   #17
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Keep us updated with the final diagnosis. From the folks here, and what we've seen, the pre cat is most likely damaged/clogged/breaking apart.

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Perfect ! Thats what im thinking also. Its either the cat or the oil hose. But what i dont understand is why is tbe engine idling so rough when i turn it on?
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Perfect ! Thats what im thinking also. Its either the cat or the oil hose. But what i dont understand is why is tbe engine idling so rough when i turn it on?
If something in your turbo is working improperly, think about it, what is your main access to your exhaust system? Everything goes through the turbo.
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Old 11-07-2012, 12:26 AM   #20
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yeah i guess so something is clogged up so the engine is not breathing well thats probably why its idling like that
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Old 11-08-2012, 04:50 PM   #21
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talked to my mechanic today after he checked it out quickly since he was extremely busy and told me that it was most likely a misfire from one of my cylinders, that's whats causing the shaking and the turbo is overheating because when its misfiring its sending the gas into the turbo. so he told me he was going to check the coil pack and my spark plugs!
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Interesting, keep us updated
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so finally picked it up today spark plugs were top shape. He changed one coil pack from the cylinder that was misfiring. so it idles beautiful no more shaking haha! took it for a little spin and i realized that the turbo makes a lot more noise, and i think that there's a little decrease in power. he told me he didn't think the turbo was burnt, because they are pretty tough. But i'm wondering if the turbo was damaged due to the overheating? and if its going to let go soon? should i change it? they aren't that expensive, but will i need a tune after or is it just bolt on?
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Old 11-09-2012, 02:58 PM   #24
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im pretty sure if you just bolt up another td04 (stock turbo) you wont need a tune.
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Old 11-09-2012, 07:30 PM   #25
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so finally picked it up today spark plugs were top shape. He changed one coil pack from the cylinder that was misfiring. so it idles beautiful no more shaking haha! took it for a little spin and i realized that the turbo makes a lot more noise, and i think that there's a little decrease in power. he told me he didn't think the turbo was burnt, because they are pretty tough. But i'm wondering if the turbo was damaged due to the overheating? and if its going to let go soon? should i change it? they aren't that expensive, but will i need a tune after or is it just bolt on?
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No tuning if u r going to put the same one on. An maybe I'm guess the bearing in the turbo are damage from the over heating. An I'm also guess that cat is probably clogged, but this all guess on the top of my head. So that my theory.
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