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Old 04-26-2004, 11:05 PM   #1
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Default DIRE NEED OF TURBO HELP!! (please)

First of all, I'd like to apologize if by some chance I'm not supposed to be posting about this, but I'm looking for some help for my cousin and thought some of you might be able to do so in some way or another. I searched for some kind of assistance on Google, and it lead me to this NASIOC forum. Now my question isn't really related to Subaru's, but it does have to do with a turbo, and I'm just in search of some help. If any of you could help us out, we'd really appreciate it!
My cousin has a 1988 Chevrolet Beretta. He has a built-up 3.1L V6 in it, and it's "turbo-prepped" I guess you could say. His turbo is a 14B, and this project has been a learning one to say the least.
If you could supply any help on the subject, I'd greatly appreciate it. This is what our problem is concerning. After the first installation of the turbo and learning that high-pressure and high heat hosing was needed, we came to realize that something was definitely wrong with the turbo. We knew right away it wasn't working correctly, so we took it some where and they told us some seals were messed up, so they went ahead and rebuilt it. So we now have this rebuilt, basically new 14B turbo.
During the first installation of it we also realized how the oil drains from the turbo. This is where we think that our project may never happen. Due to lack of space atop the engine compartment, the turbo is mounted below the motor... the drain point of the turbo is just about parallel to the bottom of the oil pan. After realizing there was no way for the oil to get back into the motor, we purchased a small turbo oil pump. Last weekend, Friday, April 23rd... we set everything back up and tried testing things. This turbo oil pump is mounted where the battery used to be, (since it is now in the trunk) and it is supposed to pull oil from the turbo drain point, up to the pump, and then out to the valve cover. Now I'm not 100% sure, but I think the mistake that we could have made was not priming the turbo. Now we're worried the seals might be broken yet again. We turned the car on, and quickly found that no oil was even making it to the pump itself. We then went ahead and tested the pump by sticking the "IN" line into an oil container... turning on the ignition so the pump had power, and seeing if it would pull oil up from the oil container that was located under the car... up to the pump, and out to a small glass we had the "OUT" line set into. It worked fine.
After finding out that the pump worked, we thought the check valve connected to the drain point might be messed up. We disconnected it, and found it to be okay as well. For our next test we pulled off the line connected to the drain point, and started the car. We watched at how the oil drained from the drain point. We're not sure how quickly or constant it should be, but it seemed okay. After examining things we realized oil was being shot out from the compressor outlet. A small amount leaked from the exhaust, but not a whole lot. We know for sure this is not a good thing at all, that's why we're in dire need of help. We have no idea what is going on. We've been unable to really find much help on the issue, so that's why I figured I could maybe ask some of you and see if you have any idea as to what the case may be. We'd really like to get this project off the ground, but without help we're kind of stuck. I'm sorry if this is not the right place to be searching for help, but after reading some posts here and there, I figured you guys might be willing to do so. If you have any clue or ideas, PLEASE let us know. We'd greatly appreciate it.
Thank you so much for your time!!
Brad Edwards
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Old 04-27-2004, 12:49 AM   #2
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