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Old 07-21-2013, 08:41 PM   #1
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My Turbo Needs Revived

Hello all.

I'm kinda new to this site but I have been viewing the posts on here for about a year now. I figure it's my turn to officially join the community and make my first post about some SAAB stuff. Hopefully someone can help me.

My SAAB is my first vehicle I have ever owned and I love it to death. I try to take good care of it, but it is way too fun to drive.

My car is a 99 Saab 9-3 2.0L
I just recently got my car back from the shop. Everything was fine until today. I was driving, my car jerked a little and I knew I had lost the turbo. My car still reads that there is some boost, however it does not feel as it did before, nor is it reaching the red region of the gauge. However, I do have an OBDII sensor in my car with Bluetooth. The Vacuum gauge on that is awry from where it had previously been. I'm not too sure what it means though. I have also noticed that if I shift when I start to hear the turbo there seems to be a little bit of a grinding noise. I believe it is coming from the turbo. I have no reason to believe that there are any holes in the tubing from the intercooler or the intake as I do not hear a whistling noise which would indicate that my turbo is sucking air from outside.

If anyone else has any other information about this It would be greatly appreciated. I hope I'm not looking at buying a new turbo. But in that case it would need an upgrade

Thanks!

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Old 07-22-2013, 04:02 AM   #2
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Pull DP, check turbo shaft play. Make sure no hoses have fallen off, all IC pipes are connected and tight, etc. That grinding could also be something related to the belt.
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Ditto on the hoses. That's a usual complaint after the car has been serviced.
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yeah...
good thing about those '99s is that they'll still run like a champ, even with hoses/clamps popped off.

Pop the hood and follow the rubber hose from the turbo to the IC, and then from the IC to the throttle body. check for tears, loose clamps, or popped-off pipes/hoses.

Then, start worrying about blown turbos.
Also...dead/dying turbos tend to leak a lot of oil and smoke a lot.
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