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    should be getting my turbo back in the next couple of days but could someone shed light on priming it e.c.t,
    also just phoned the guy and he's sayin there must be a fault on engine for it to go like it has, bearing,seals also it's been getting all scratched up inside.
    cant seen oil in any of breathers, what about pick up pipes e.c.t, all new to turbo engines as this is my first one iv'e ever owned and trying to find anything to do with a z20net is near impossible.

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    First off new oil and oil filter if you weren't already going to do that. To prime the turbo pour new engine oil into the oil inlet port of the turbo whilst turning the impeller with your finger. A lot of new turbos these days come with a small pot of oil for this purpose. If they don't supply one, about an egg cup full will be enough.

    On initial start up, don't rev the engine straight away but let it idle for two minutes. Whilst it's doing that, check for leaks (oil and exhaust gases). HTH and good luck
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    as per Garys repsonse ....and you could disconnect the ht leads from the plugs to turn it over without fuelling it in 3 or 4 10 second bursts
    Last edited by Deztroyer; 29th June 2010 at 14:01.

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    When I had my turbo reconditioned at Turbo Technics I was told there was no need to prime it/do anything special when reinstalling. Simply new oil and filter as already said and you'll want to get the gasket/copper seal kit from Vx for all the coolant and oil connections. It's about £15 or so and IMO it'd be daft not to fit new ones.

    The oil will circulate quickly enough into the turbo when you start the car, and as you'll only be idling, the turbo shaft will barely be moving so won't need the layer of oil that is crucial when it's spinning at high speeds under boost.

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    cheers guys, cant wait to get it back on the road.

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    we allways prime our turbo's on all our caterpillar,volvo and MAN diesels before initial start,no oil means WEAR.

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    every time ive replace a turbocharger i take out the fuel pump fuse and turn engine over for 5 secs, so the oil spools round the turbo, turn her off, replace fuse and should be ready to go.

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