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I have just bought a 2008 Santa Fe 2.2 crdi. After servicing it at a local Malaysia Hyundai service center, they informed me that the turbo is leaking oil. They suggest that I replaced the turbo. At a cost of RM5,300 ie appoximately USD1,750. Is there any way to repair the leakage or could I source an aftermarket turbocharger? Or should I just follow the suggestion of the local service center and replace those at that cost?

The oil leaks are not that bad. If prolonged, could it hurt the engine? Your prompt suggestion shall be most welcomed. And this is my first time using a diesel SUV:eek:
 

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Hi Udin,
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.
Good luck,
Paul
 

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Thanks Paul,

The leak wasn't that bad at this moment. Nevertheless I would most probably buy a new or used turbo.

There is another problem just discovered, whenever I engages the parking brake, there seems to be a loud noise if the car is park on a slope. And the SUV just slides down, as if there is no parking brake engaged. I will try to get it look at by a workshop soon. Hopefully this won't be as major as the turbo. Thank you again for your prompt reply on the turbo issue.
 
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