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My 04 VW Jetta blew thick white smoke from tailpipe after freeway drive. No indicator lights came on, all oil leaked out (after smoke started)... is this engine or could it be just the turbos? Right before smoke started, noticed unusual sound (slight) and I could not excelerate using turbo (it had speed but not the burst that turbo gives)

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A new turbo charger is about $340, but you can buy the bearings and seals and rebuilt if yourself for about $100
http://turbosandparts.com/
It is not hard, and it does not take long to do.

I normally do not bother with synthetic, but with a turbo charger, it might be worth it. What really seems to ruin turbo chargers the most is not letting them cool off before parking.
Once you turn off the engine, there is no longer any cooling, so the build up heat will burn up the oil and seals.
Run the engine for at least 5 minutes below turbo levels, before shutting down the engine.

Posted on Sep 07, 2010

  • sheelyah2 Sep 07, 2010

    Thanks, Kirkx... my first hearing about the need to let engine run before shutting it down. I guess hindsight is 20/20. Unfortunately, I am a complete neophyte when it comes to auto work, so can't do it myself, but may have a handle on a trusted mechanic that will. Thanks for the tips - very helpful

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SOUND LIKE FAILED TURBO OIL SEAL AND BEARING CAUSING OIL LEAK INSIDE TURBO INTO EXHAUST SYSTEM BURNING CAUSING A LOT OF SMOKING.NEED NEW TURBO.NEED TO CHANGE ENGINE OIL WHEN NEEDED AND CHECK OIL INLET PRESSURE TO MAKE SURE TURBO GETTING GOOD OIL PRESSURE.REASON I SAY CHANGE OIL WHEN TIME FOR OIL CHANGE OLD DIRTY OIL WILL DESTROY EAT AWAY ON TURBO BEARING.

Posted on Sep 06, 2010

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  • auto er Sep 07, 2010

    its about a $1200 job, getting a turbo from VW from what i remember was the easy part the problem from the dealer was they didnt carry the exhaust studs and you needed to try and keep the ones from the original turbo, which is not easy considering how hot those get making it almost impossible to get them out in good shape.

  • Jonah Oneal Sep 07, 2010

    IF YOU COULD DO IT YOUR SELF.CHEAPER TO BUY REBUILT KIT.WITH BEARINGS AND SEAL.LONG AS THE TURBO BLADES AND SHAFT LOOK OKAY.TO REMOVE OLD BOLTS AND NUTS.YOU NEED TO USE A GOOD PENETRATING OIL.LET IT SOAK IN.THAT HELPS.

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