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    oil prob

    hi everyone i have a astra sri t today i blew a boost pipe off only to find grey oil in the pipes any ideas what it could be it has a vxr turbo on it and the cooling mod. it still boosts fine !!!!!!!!!!!
    any help would be great

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    hello mate, how are you?

    did exactly the same thing myself! oil in pipes can be normal, as i have found small amounts of oil in my boost pipes with every turbo i've fitted (3 in total).

    depending on who you ask, they will agree that some oil is normal. others i asked said that the seals may be worn / damaged slightly.

    personally, i wouldn't worry about it unless they are full of oil!

    to stop the hoses blowing off, i fitted mikalor clamps like the one you gave me. have spares if your struggling.
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    there is lots of oil mate if it ****ed it going i've had enough of it lol

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    not good mate.

    i had a conversation not long back about a batch of turbos from Vauxhall being faulty. chances are you and i have got turbos from that batch!

    i did contact Turbo Technics Ltd to ask if they could do anything. depending on how bad the seals are, they can do the following;

    £250+VAT = Rebuild with new seals, 360 degree thrust bearing, and return postage.
    Turnaround is 3-4 days.


    The bearing is obviously better than the standard Vauxhall bearing, but if the turbo is too damaged, then they can not do the rebuild.


    The alternative is an upgrade where a VXR Turbo is rebuilt to the specification of a Garrett. Spoke to MPG about this who said i would be looking around £800.
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    i don't know what it is mate it is also using a bit of water could it be head gasket as the turbo boosts fine well same as it has always been

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    the two problems (oil and water) could be separate.

    Water = I would do a Hydrocarbon gas check. Most garages have this kit, and takes a reading straight from the Header Tank. Reads the amount of oxygen/hydrogen in the water, hence tells you if the head-gasket has failed. This is a pretty accurate test, and saves further investigation if the common signs aren't there, e.g. mayonnaise under the oil cap, and high water temperature.

    i must admit, i keep wanting to throw the towel in with my Astra recently. A new clutch, and possibly a new turbo aren't cheap. The only reason i'm sticking with it, is the expression on my face when i flick the switch, and the Phase 3 power kicks in!
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    to be fair luke its not a bad car it just costs so much to run and turbos are just money pits lol. i think i'm just going to take everything off and get shot i can't afford to do anything else to it . plus i want a van lol

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    Lol sorry this isn't very helpful input but you guys sound exactly how i feel about mine half the time. I've had it just over a year and its prob spent about 8 months of that time not running to its full capability. Dunno if its just turbo cars or the fact that its a vxl (and a turbo) lol

    Good luck anyway mate - tbh does sound like seals are ****ed if you have that much oil in boost pipes. A small amount is normal tho.
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    so dose everyone think it is the turbo. could it be anything else

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    i have found out today that it is the headgasket that has gone . well at least its not the turbo

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