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Silvia S14 it ran ok with out it and when it was turned right down. it happens when the turbo spooles up real fast

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    Steve Rand May 11, 2010

    What is the actual problem?

    Boost levels and the rate at which the turbo spools up are not connected. It will spool up at the same speed no matter what final boost pressure is set.

    Also, i'm pretty sure the sx's have a ball-bearing turbo, not a crummy journal/sleeve bearing. Either way though, too much boost can break the inducer fins off it.



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I think your finding the limit of your turbo for the condition its in. a turbo spins on a small film of oil. that the shaft spins in a tight clearance of a brass bushing and if the turbo becomes out of balance it will fall on its face . this will happen at extreme rpm's and after a while the turbo will star to use oil. that is one of the signs. good luck and never shut down a turbo engine hot it can stick a turbo. if i can help let me know

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