02-04-2005, 10:16 AM
I have 20K miles on my 1.8T and recently upgraded from APR stageIII to III+. I had just noticed some thick white smoke from my tail pipe during idle the night I flew out of town on a 30day trip. There was no time to confirm what caused the smoke. I am still out of town and the only clues I have is that the smoke did not smell like oil. When I drove the car around the block the smoke stopped. I turned off the car for about 10 minutes, started it again and revved it a little, it started to smoke again. I know logically one would think that the problem is due to a blown head gasket but with only 20K and a reliable turbo kit how possible can it be that the gasket might have blown? I really hope that the problem will have vanished when I return home but this is wishful thinking.
02-04-2005, 07:19 PM
On what car is the kit installed? I know th eturbo is new but .. might also be coolant or oil leaking past the seal ...
02-04-2005, 09:30 PM
I just noticed it less than 1k miles since the III+ was installed.
02-04-2005, 09:35 PM
The III+ is on 02 GTI 1.8T. I contacted APR about the problem, they were confident that the turbo charger is fine but gave no further comment about what the cause might be.
02-08-2005, 08:49 AM
How new was his turbo when the problem accrued? Was it covered by the manufacture's warranty?
02-12-2005, 11:12 AM
I had my GT28R leaking some oil from the comrpessor outlet.
02-12-2005, 10:52 PM
Unfortunately I did not have the time to troubleshoot the problem as am still out of town but this is going to be the first thing that I will do as soon as I return from my trip. It would be unusual if it turned out to be a problem with the turbo seal as it is a new turbo. Someone mentioned that it could be a a drain problem (I find it hard to belive)that may have caused a pressure build inside the turbo which lead to the oil leaking through the seals. If that case was discovered to be thru and then fixed I wonder if the seals will go back to doing their job again or if they will be permanently useless?
02-13-2005, 05:16 AM
according to APR and other shops I spoke to when this happened to me. Basically they will replace the CHRA and reuse the housings and recablibrate the wastegate.
02-14-2005, 06:27 PM
give innovative a call and see what they have to say about it. that is why PES did not use ball bearing setups.
02-17-2005, 11:21 AM
I still like having the BB turbo for the great response. I do like the sound of the T28 better tho.
02-18-2005, 08:27 AM
i had a friendly little run in on the freeway with a GTI. :-P
04-08-2005, 05:53 PM
Good News (I think). The smoke stopped after replacing the turbo drain hose. The old hose had a gauche in it which is bad enough to cause a restriction therefore causing a pressure build up in the turbo that was being relieved through the seals. The smoke has not come back since the hose was replaced.