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TDI Power Enhancements Discussions about increasing the power of your TDI engine. i.e. chips, injectors, powerboxes, clutches, etc. Handling, suspensions, wheels, type discussion should be put into the "Upgrades (non TDI Engine related)" forum. Non TDI vehicle related postings will be moved or removed. Please note the Performance Disclaimer.

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Old November 6th, 2006, 10:11   #1
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Question Time to replace my turbo

Folks,
The jury is in, it is time to change the turbo in my 2002 NB. She has 166,000 miles on it and is leaking oil into the hose between the turbo and the engine. I have multiple folks, and now today the dealer, tell me that it is most definitely the turbo going bad.

So, I have done a fair amount of work on my car, from the looks of it the only really hard part is the actual placement of the turbo in the NB. Are there any write-ups on how to replace it? Do I need a new manifold, too? Can anyone provide torque specs? Also, the turbo from the dealer was like $1150 including the manifold. Where can I go to get it cheaper?

Any and all help is much appreciated!

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Old November 6th, 2006, 10:31   #2
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Old November 6th, 2006, 11:37   #3
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If I order the parts from you, is there any chance I can get some documentation on how to replace it, too?
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Old November 6th, 2006, 16:12   #4
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Bentley manual is good to have. If you need to ask, you should probably have someone else do it for you.

You are close to Jon Hamilton. He can install it for you in no time. Send me an e-mail and I'll give you his contact info.
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Old November 6th, 2006, 17:30   #5
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I just bought a vnt-17 from Kerma. Good service and no difficulties to install. A stock turbo would be just the same effort. When I say no difficulties all went well just a few labor hours. And BTW I have not worked on cars in 30 years - Holy cow is that true!
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Old November 6th, 2006, 18:25   #6
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Most of the problems people run into with the VNT17 installs are getting the EGR cooler to fit, custom making a downpipe to fit, custom making intercooler piping, and possible oil line issues. However, if you go with Kerma's stuff everything will bolt right up.

If everything "bolts up," it usually takes me about 2 hours to swap a turbo.
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Old November 6th, 2006, 18:33   #7
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Most of the problems people run into with the VNT17 installs are getting the EGR cooler to fit, custom making a downpipe to fit, custom making intercooler piping, and possible oil line issues. However, if you go with Kerma's stuff everything will bolt right up.

If everything "bolts up," it usually takes me about 2 hours to swap a turbo.
The only difficulty or problem people run into when installing the vnt17 is the rubber hose connection between the lower intercooler pipe and the turbo is different. Its easily solved by buying the pd rubber hose.
The rain tray is removed on the beetle so you have more access to the back of the motor. Remove the intake manifold, then the turbo. Lifts right out from above.
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Old November 6th, 2006, 21:11   #8
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Not so, in order to get my vnt17 to fit I had to do the following: modifiy the downpipe (flange had to be rotated 45 degrees), completely remove the EGR cooler, change the lower IC piping, and bend the upper oil line to fit. It all depends on what car you get your vnt17 from.
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Old November 6th, 2006, 21:26   #9
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The vnt-17 I have bolts right in like a stock turbo in an ALH except for the compressor outlet adapter.
Sounds like he wants a stock turbo, anyway.
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Old November 6th, 2006, 21:31   #10
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I have a used VNT15 with 40K miles on it for sale. PM me if you're interested.
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Old November 6th, 2006, 21:41   #11
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How much oil is it leaking exactly? Because it is normal for there to be some oil in the hoses and intercooler between the turbo and engine.
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