Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: France (Europe)
Drives a Santa Fe 2.0L diesel, 4WD, year 2004
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A leaky turbo points at wornout bearings inside the turbo, which give a wobble to the axle and subsequent spill through the oil seals.
Normally it revs at 50000 plus, but can go upto 100000 revs, depending on the power or speed you ask of the engine.
So it needs the oil to stay well lubricated, which it receives from the engine oil reservoir and pump.
So when it leakes it will eventually drain your engine of oil, which in turn can kill your entire engine.
Maybe it was a selling point for the car seller you recently got it from.
You should monitor the engine oil level of your engine for a while to see how much it is leaking. Also don´t keep your engine revved up high too much
With excessive leakage you should get the turbo revised or replaced.
Maybe it is best to keep a can of engine oil (few liters) in the car so you can fill up when the oil light comes up during a ride.
Last edited by paul03; 08-08-2013 at 06:18 AM.