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Old 05-31-2013, 06:00 AM   #1
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Default Turbo cartridge dropped

Hi guys,
Was taking my turbo apart in a specialized garage today as the shaft had a little play and the guy who was taking the turbo apart had accidentally dropped this part below on the concrete floor from around 1 meter height. He acted like it was nothing and i didn't know any better. Before the drop they told me that everything was fine and all it needed was a repair kit.

They put the turbo back together as their rebuild price was too dear for me and at the reception before paying for the diagnostics i check the turbo and instead of the shaft play my blades barely spin and make a screeching sound instead, the guy at the reception told me its because they put it together to be rebuilt so he guesses they didnt put back worn out parts or didnt lube it properly.

So could this drop have done any damage ?
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:30 AM   #2
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I would say it could cause an issue, be like smacking it with a hammer, deform the metal a few thousandths out of round and cause clearance issue which could produce a screech. If it is oiling issue Id pour some oil in the port and let it sit a bit to soak in and then see if it still does it.
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Old 05-31-2013, 07:35 AM   #3
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Ive dropped a turbo before without any issues after. I would say your fine but I'd be very upset if I just paid to get a turbo rebuilt and it made noises when spun.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:49 PM   #4
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Yes it could have. Either way you're turbo has problems.

Please tell me they didn't just throw that compressor wheel back it as it's beat up pretty bad.
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:11 PM   #5
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Looks like a ball-bearing turbo. Be prepared to pay anywhere between $500-$700 to rebuild one. If only your compressor wheel is screwed up, send it to FP for an HTA upgrade.
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Old 05-31-2013, 01:26 PM   #6
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If it is a Garrett you can probably get the CHRA exchanged for around 525-550. Turbos Direct is a great source for this. Call first and make sure the parts of the CHRA that need to be good are indeed good though, or you may not get the full exchange amount.
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Old 06-01-2013, 10:14 AM   #7
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Is this a sample pic?? If not, your compressor wheel looks eaten up.

But, check something.... I know on MHI turbos, ( not sure on Garrett turbos) there is a plate behind the turbine wheel. When it is bolted into a turbine housing the plate is pushed back. If the cartridge is loose, it will move forward a little and hit the back of the turbine wheel. And when u spin it, they will hit and make a noise. You can hold it back with your fingers so they don't hit, and there should be no sound.... If that makes sense....

If is the silver piece between the turbine wheel and the part that was dropped.

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Old 06-02-2013, 09:40 AM   #8
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Was it dropped with the housings on? I dropped a center section once. needed to buy a new turbine wheel because the blades bent.
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