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2.0 TDCI Turbo problem.

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Hey there all, I hope this is the right place to post this. Sorry if not.

I've got the dreaded turbo whine on my 2.0 TDCI focus. It's a Mk2.5 2010 with 120k mls. Well serviced and looked after by all owners. Yes I drive harder than the average joe but i always let it cool down for a min when getting home. My wife however..... 

So, back in October 2019 I took it to local diesel specialist who replaced a leaking hose. It was then fine until Feb 2020 when the whine became noticeable. So I took it back to the same garage; no more leaking hoses and yes the whine is certainly from the Turbo. He said it could let go anytime from 2 days time upto perhaps 2 years (gee thanks!!) Which has left me in a quandry: Fix, Flog or Forget!?!

1) Fix: I've read up threads and I cant find many TDCI owners who have had a repair/replacement done successfully. I'm not skilled or have time to do it myself. Found a Turbo specialist in Derby who will do it. I'm gonna visiting him for an inspection later this week. I dont kind paying to do it as long as it will last as I might my keep the car another year. I'll explain further on that in a bit.

2) Flog: If I sell it I'll not get much for it with a Turbo fault. I could say nothing and hope for the best but it's not in me to be dishonest and pass the issue to another family. I could trade in but I need then a lot more money than the repair and for what I can afford it'll be no better than what I have now other than I'll get a petrol estate focus without a turbo! 

3) Forget: The most relevant thread I found on here I've copied below where another user says just not to worry if theres no smoke, no loss of power etc which seems to make sense for now. I could not fix it and if it lasts me 2 years then I could have saved plenty for a decent replacement for 5-6 grand.

So to summarise has anyone had a Turbo repair on a TDCI engine of any CCs and has it lasted well, I.e how long, any further issues? I've read all about what to change to ensure you dont have carbon in oil feed pipes so I'll check this with the Turbo specialist. But does anyone have further advice or warnings to help me decide.

Bearing in mind I've spend loads recently on cambelt, Alternator, Brakes, service, Mot due soon but has Covid extension, clutch seems fine, no slip judder or high pedal. So I hope it'll last me another year at least.

Here's the related thread:

Cheers for reading ppl.  I will upload a video of the whine soon.

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On 6/1/2020 at 6:22 PM, Mattytorques said:

Hey there all, I hope this is the right place to post this. Sorry if not.

I've got the dreaded turbo whine on my 2.0 TDCI focus. It's a Mk2.5 2010 with 120k mls. Well serviced and looked after by all owners. Yes I drive harder than the average joe but i always let it cool down for a min when getting home. My wife however..... 

So, back in October 2019 I took it to local diesel specialist who replaced a leaking hose. It was then fine until Feb 2020 when the whine became noticeable. So I took it back to the same garage; no more leaking hoses and yes the whine is certainly from the Turbo. He said it could let go anytime from 2 days time upto perhaps 2 years (gee thanks!!) Which has left me in a quandry: Fix, Flog or Forget!?!

1) Fix: I've read up threads and I cant find many TDCI owners who have had a repair/replacement done successfully. I'm not skilled or have time to do it myself. Found a Turbo specialist in Derby who will do it. I'm gonna visiting him for an inspection later this week. I dont kind paying to do it as long as it will last as I might my keep the car another year. I'll explain further on that in a bit.

2) Flog: If I sell it I'll not get much for it with a Turbo fault. I could say nothing and hope for the best but it's not in me to be dishonest and pass the issue to another family. I could trade in but I need then a lot more money than the repair and for what I can afford it'll be no better than what I have now other than I'll get a petrol estate focus without a turbo! 

3) Forget: The most relevant thread I found on here I've copied below where another user says just not to worry if theres no smoke, no loss of power etc which seems to make sense for now. I could not fix it and if it lasts me 2 years then I could have saved plenty for a decent replacement for 5-6 grand.

So to summarise has anyone had a Turbo repair on a TDCI engine of any CCs and has it lasted well, I.e how long, any further issues? I've read all about what to change to ensure you dont have carbon in oil feed pipes so I'll check this with the Turbo specialist. But does anyone have further advice or warnings to help me decide.

Bearing in mind I've spend loads recently on cambelt, Alternator, Brakes, service, Mot due soon but has Covid extension, clutch seems fine, no slip judder or high pedal. So I hope it'll last me another year at least.

Here's the related thread:

Cheers for reading ppl.  I will upload a video of the whine soon.

If you have got a failing turbo then you've maybe been a bit unlucky.  I don't remember seeing many "my turbo is knackered" threads on here for the 2.0 TDCi engine.  Modern turbos "should" last for well over 120K miles, if it turns out your turbo is at the end of it's service life then there will be a reason for it such as oil starvation/contaminated oil/driver abuse etc.  If you do decide to opt for "fix" make sure you find out what the root cause was otherwise a nice new turbo is likely to meet the same end.

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Save yourself a few pounds buy a new core for your turbo of eBay I’ve done at least 10 in the last few months ,There as good as the originals ,The last one I got was wrapped in turbo technics packaging,So I sumize that’s were there getting some of them from.Its an easy job ,If you can,t do it  buy it and take it to a garage to fit ,Oh and do a oil flush and change your oil at least twice to be on the safe side ,hope this helps 

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