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Hey guys.. my BF xr6 turbo has had the check engine line come off and on recently.. its very gutless to say the least.. took it to a workshop 2 days ago and they plugged a scan tool into it and it said wastegate fault.. not sure of open or stuck closed from memory.. its not making boost. The mechanic said his vr buick would eat it.. he was a half assed mechanic only took it to him because of his diagnostic tool.. could the turbo be smoked or the wastegate fault could be power issue? Thanks.

Forgot to mention its all stock. 150,000km odo

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well, if it's not making boost, then the wastegate would be stuck open, if that's the actual fault... but it could be almost anything to do with the turbocharger system that's causing it to make no boost.

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I pulled piping off front of turbo, fan spins beautifully.. no play at all.. very frustrating.. I have it booked in with ford on  Monday to have a look at it, but my understanding is that they dont replace wastegates.. if wastegate needs replacing they just replace the whole turbo.. have you ever heard of this issue before?..

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yeah, with a stuffed turbo is the most common one due to oil starvation from the oil feed filter...

but the wastegate being stuck open is simple enough to check by taking off the dump pipe to inspect the wastegate.

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When hose come off there was oil puddled in turbo.. not heaps but enough to say its been getting oil.. if wastegate stuck open is that repairable rather easily or does that call for a new one? So pissed man.. always wanted an xr6 turbo and I finally get a mint lookin one and it makes bo boost for god sakes.. be like someone longing for an ss v8 and finally get one and it runs on I <3 Bananasing 6 cylinders. Frustrating.

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yeah, life just gives ya lemons sometimes, sometimes those lemons are cars...

 

The little bit of oil in the intake of the turbo is totally normal.

if it's stuck open, it depends on the reason it's stuck open as to what you have to do to repair it, but nothing is really too expensive/hard to fix in that area, assuming the turbo and actuator are OK.

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I said to a mate it could be a blocked cat and he said nah it'd be runnin real bad.. and I said it kind of is.. I cant afford an exhaust system at the moment or new cat, so im just goin to exhaust place tomorrow and they gonna cut the cat out and put straight pipe in.. that'll do the trick yeah? Until I upgrade with tune etc

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it'll run even worse on boost with no cat and no tune to suit the situation... potential destructive overboost, so don't boost it until it's tuned.

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yes, I can see that... but too much boost is significantly worse than no boost at all, in terms of potential damage to both parts and your back pocket.

 

If he's willing to do it, though, as part of the tune process, then there's no point turning him down, other than to save some money :idunno:

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anyway, the car will run with no cat, so if you just get him to do that, and then drive it softly to the tuner, who isn't just an exhaust place, then that'd be what I'd be doing :)

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Just buy a second hand cat section from the wreckers and get the exhaust place to fit it for you.

 

Unless you're planning on getting it tuned in the very near future anything else will be a pain in the arse.

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Yeah that's a good idea.. I just live in a small town in south australia. Not much here in ways of tuners or wreckers.. adelaide is 400km away and Melbourne is 500 away lol this is a stupid question but what would the odds be of gutting the cut/straight piping it what would the odds of doing damage be? If I put a highflow cat in with no tune would that be running the gauntlet also?..

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yep, any reasonable extra flow over stock for the stock tune is a disaster waiting to happen...

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You can put a high flow cat in without a tune (providing the initial tune is stock) and it'll just overboost and cut out most of the time when you floor it. The stock tune only lets it add another 2psi before it cuts out.

 

It won't hurt it, it'll just be a pain in the arse. You can drive around the issue by not flooring it, but that's the pita I'm talking about.

 

I'm sure there are members driving around the country side every now and then that could drop you off or post the part you need. Might be a long shot but you never know.

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