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Turbo & Exhaust Manifold Question

Old 02-17-2004, 08:43 AM
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Exhaust Manifold & Turbocharger.



Can these be removed with the engine in the car & on a scale of 1 to 10, how difficult? I have an exhaust leak in this area.



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Old 02-17-2004, 08:52 AM
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I can say with some authority that the turbo will come off with the engine in the car, as I have had mine off twice now. Granted, with the stock precat and the ABS pump, it's a royal bitch on the PITA scale. Now that the ABS is gone, and I have a downpipe, its really not bad.



The manifold, I believe, will also come off, but I haven't done it yet, so I can't say for sure. Once the turbo is out, access to that area seems quite good.
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Old 02-17-2004, 09:18 AM
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I just pulled the turbo/manifold and downpipe off all in one shot. I just unbolted the downpipe and the exhaust manifold from the engine. Pulled it out, foward and up.
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Old 02-17-2004, 10:30 AM
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Originally Posted by 1Revvin7' date='Feb 17 2004, 07:18 AM
I just pulled the turbo/manifold and downpipe off all in one shot. I just unbolted the downpipe and the exhaust manifold from the engine. Pulled it out, foward and up.
thats prolly easier. the rear upper turbo -> manifold nut is a pain to get to in the car
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Old 02-17-2004, 10:42 AM
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I've pulled the turbo so many times I can have it off in probably 20 minutes. Having no emissions is a huge help.
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Old 02-17-2004, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by 1Revvin7' date='Feb 17 2004, 09:18 AM
I just pulled the turbo/manifold and downpipe off all in one shot. I just unbolted the downpipe and the exhaust manifold from the engine. Pulled it out, foward and up.
Interesting...I never thought of doing it that way.
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Old 02-17-2004, 11:38 AM
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I pulled my turbo 4 times in two days last week due to an exhaust leak. If you do not have an air pump, ACV , or ABS in the way, you can remove your turbo and manifold in 20 minutes. You can do it with minimal fluid loss. Clamp a large bolt into the lower water line and that will do it.



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Old 02-17-2004, 06:50 PM
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It takes twice as long the first time. One or two tries and it's a piece of cake.
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Originally Posted by j9fd3s' date='Feb 17 2004, 11:30 AM
thats prolly easier. the rear upper turbo -> manifold nut is a pain to get to in the car
The s4 turbo setup sucks.
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Originally Posted by surfmon' date='Feb 17 2004, 09:38 AM
I pulled my turbo 4 times in two days last week due to an exhaust leak. If you do not have an air pump, ACV , or ABS in the way, you can remove your turbo and manifold in 20 minutes. You can do it with minimal fluid loss. Clamp a large bolt into the lower water line and that will do it.



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So you don't really have to drain all your fluids? What about oil?
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