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Turbo is not working on my saab 9-3 td (2.2). what do you suggest? There is no smoke and the engine is running fine, just has a serious lack of power

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Turbo probably siezed on it , may need to get a replacement or rebuild , it may also be a vacum problem check the vacum hoses to the turbo and the waste gate

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