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Hey Alfa owners,

Paid a mechanic to replace my turbo. I'm dubious. Things said, slipping up on various things sounded like it was repaired rather than replaced, even though I paid for a new one.

So, to find out of I've been screwed, is it an easy process to get to see the turbo model number? Or do I have to take everything out..? Thanks people :irked:
 

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Was your turbo blown? They could replace the cartridge and oil feed pipe only which is fine if housing not damaged,what are the issues that bother you?

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Was your turbo blown? They could replace the cartridge and oil feed pipe only which is fine if housing not damaged,what are the issues that bother you?

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Thanks for the reply! Previously told by an Alfa garage and it was on its way out, the turbo veins were catching, generating a nasty scraping sound while trying to boost up. Turbo gauge would jitter until eventually it would power through.

A mechanic known through a friend of a friend said he'd fit a new one. I ordered oil filter, feed pipe etc. He did the rest. Paid him £800-900. He said my old turbo was almost fine, only had a loose washer. Now the turbo squeals, as if theres a loose washer. The nasty scraping sound is working its way back along with turbo gauge jitters and a little jerkiness in power. Which leads me to believe, did I pay £900 for a washer??
 

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Yah sounds like 900€ washer or some old spare turbo maybe? did he show you your old turbo?you might need to go back to him to discuss this issue,besides 900€ for parts and labour doesn't sound like new turbo coz I believe new turbo would cost way more

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Damn... My fears exactly.. I'll have to go back to him again, he's 'certain' it's new. It was meant to be a 'mates rates' dealy, but seems more like a screw over. Was hoping to go back to him with a model number if it matched my original turbo... That's why I wondered about how easy it was to see a model number. Thanks for replying!
 

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Check on fiat eper for turbo part number,or if you don't have it handy send me your win number I'll check it tmr morning and let you know

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If it's been referbed it should be OK whether its your old turbo or a new one.

A referb costs about £250 including VAT.

A new turbo is a LOT more than that.

If the mechanic hasn't fitted it properly (primed it with oil before fitting, turned it over without starting it until the oil pressure has built up) then he has probably killed the new turbo as soon as he turned the key.

If it's dry and he starts the engine the turbo can spin V fast (thousands of RPMs if not 10s of thousands) before the oil gets to lube the shaft/bearing surfaces which destroys the turbo.

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Thanks for the responses everyone!

The thing is he said he'd fit a brand new one, paid £900. I believe he refurbished mine.

Worth taking it to a specialist to have a proper look? If he has killed it, or it isn't a new one, I'll have some ammo to go back to him with...

I've had a look as much as I can myself, I see no silver. Only brown..

Thanks all
 

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What you should do is check your invoice to see a break-down of how the charges related to work carried out. If is says "New Turbo Fitted" then there should be a seperate price listed for that on your invoice. Please tell me you did get one? Or at least how the some of £900 worked out that you own for the work that was carried out.

If you feel ripped off? The office of fair trading could be used as a whisper in his ear if it turns out that is the case ( you've been screwed ) , plus VOSO maybe intrested on paying them a visit
 

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Thanks IAMBRERA...You're right, there was no invoice.. I have got in touch to retrieve it, we'll see how that plays out...

On the issue of my car squealing and odd turbo jitters, I've had someone have a look who's diagnosed a cracked EGR Gas Cooler, which has been pushing out air and not letting enough through to the turbo.
 
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