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My car smokes and drives slowly, climbs hills very slowly. mechanic says my turbocharger is spoilt. price quotes for the part too high and can't bear it now. is the t/charger really the caus? can i get a good second hand replacement? how much?

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  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    Symptoms do indicate turbo has failed. You may be able to get a used one somewhere but with a used part, you don't know how long it will last. If you are willing to take that risk, then that's the way to go.Cost is determined by demand and is up to the individual yard. Install is up to your mechanic, unless you are doing it yourself.

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Check Ebay for Turbo. Does sound like turbo has gone bad. It has what is called a fluid bearing which is oil that is pumped in and around the impeller shaft. when the seals burn out it will smoke terrible and reduce power. Hope this helps and have a good day.

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