To answer my own question - nope. The oil drain hose is a regular rubber hose with those 2-finger spring clamps on the top and bottom.I can't see it from the exterior of the hose, but I seem to recall the hose having an inner metal/nylon/hard lining. Anybody that did a turbo swap back me up on this one?
I don't know what you were expecting that I could do for your situation. I've dealt with IHI turbos for many years and as manufacturer, they do not warranty their turbos when fitted by third party. They will tell you their turbos are manufactured to the highest quality control and passed their Standards tests. I'm certain that you got a really good deal with the Group Buy, saving you hundreds of dollars but like anything, it blows when **** happens.
Believe you me, I'm thinking about it. If I had the cash, and some ability to tune my unichip it would be a done deal.And since you are becoming an expert at assembly and disassembly, you should just go for the gusto now, and boycott IHI, by buying a PE1818 or PE1820. GO BIG OR GO HOME
Yeah, Rich. I'm working on a rebuild solution. Hopefully you'll be able to ship your VF30 to me and I'll be able to throw a new oil seal in for you. Email me with your plans.MisterX said:Richard,
Try Jim Nelson for a new turbo. I've got his phone number.
Here are my thoughts. The turbo is not "sealed", it has a piston ring seal at the turbine end, and thus can leak out that end and smoke if the oil is allowed to build up too high in the bearing housing. Reasons for the oil reaching too high a level would be that there is some kind of restriction in the oil drain back to the engine, excess crankcase pressure, or to much oil pressure and/or volume feeding the turbo. If your oil drain tube or line is at an angle more than 37 degrees, then that could cause. Ideally, the oil
drain should be pointing straight down. I wouldn't think that there is
anything wrong with your turbo and once you solve the problems allowing it to leak, then the smoke will clear up and burn away. Regards, Carl Gross
My mental powers concentrating at full power:is2scooby said:VF30 back in...
A little smoke right at the beginning made my heart stop - but I think it was oil needing to be burned off.
Then again, it lasted 5 days the first time. We shall see!
If any of you have significantly developed mental powers please use them to make sure my turbo stays intact. I'll forver be in your debt.