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Old 05-27-2008, 10:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi Guys,
I have a 2001 530d. Last Saturday I experienced a loss of power and a lot of smoke.....
I removed the pipe that leads from the turbo to the intercooler and discovered lots of engine oil. I then removed the pipe that leads from the intercooler to the inlet manifold, again lots of oil.
At this point I started the engine and and enginge oil was found to be spitting out of the turbo. Fortunately the engine seemed to run ok. This would indicate that bits of turbo did not get through the intercooler and into the engine.
My question are:
I want to replace the turbo and intercooler myself. Is there any other bits I should replace while I am at it?
Is the intercooler easy to get out?
Are there any special tools that are required?
Does anyone have any workshop documentation that could save me some time?

Thanks in advance.
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pretty straightforward "remove & replace" job as far as I can tell. If you can remove it, you should be able to install it with no probs.

Obviously what went wrong in your turbo was not a blown turbo, but a blown oil seal in the turbo. You gotta remember that a turbo runs on bearing s too, and needs lubrication as in all rotating parts. Have fun...
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Once fixed, you can help the turbo bearing last longer by idling the engine for a few minutes after driving. There are even automatic timers that do this for you with the car locked if you can't wait for it.
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Thanks for the tips guys. I will let you know how I get on at the weekend......


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