Turbo Oil Line Gasket: Easy Installation Process
As the car gets older, certain parts might need replacement. Of all the many reasons for car failure, one is oil starvation. Carbon deposits on oil feed line, low oil level in the oil sump, clogged line due to silicon application to the oil line, bent oil feed line, inferior quality of filter, failure to prime the turbo with oil during installation, new engine and/or less-travelled engine, worn oil pump, and wrong oil line gasket. Yes, wrong oil line gasket. The oil line helps in properly lubricating your car's mechanical components to reduce wear and tear. However, it's not just the oil line that need to take into consideration. You'll also need the help of a good Turbo Oil Line Gasket. Say you have purchased the best Turbo Oil Line Gasket, the next would be installing it and replacing the worn up one.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Things you'll need:
- 8 mm socket (for the bolts on the bottom of the turbo for the oil return-line)
- 5/8 (not metric) open or closed-wrench (for the lower water return line)
- Long ratchet extensions
- 8 or 9 " long hog nose pliers (to remove the lower clamp on the oil return-line)
- Turbo oil line gasket
- New crush washers (for the water return-line)
Step 1: Remove battery,intake pipe from the turbo. You do not have to remove theairbox, just the tube to the turbo.
Step 2: Loosen hot-side pipe clamp from the turbo.
Step 3: Loosen/remove the bottom hose from the hot-side pipe that attaches to the intercooler.
Step 4: Remove hot-side pipe from theturbo - 2bolts at the bottom of the engine close to the oil filter. If you need to get enough clearance to drop the hot-side pipe, remove thewideband 02 sensor. The hot-side pipe has to move back and then down to get disconnected from the turbo. A quick spray from the top of silicone spray at the hose at the turbo helped to slide this off.
Step 5: Remove the bolts. It's about 2-3 feet of extension needed to get to the bolts at the bottom of the turbo for the oil return-line.
Step 6: Remove the lower coolant-line bolt (5/8) from the back of the turbo. Once this is removed, it is easy to get the oil return line out.
Step 7: Lift up the heat shielding on the oil-line, use the hog-nosepliers to grip and slide up thehose clampon the line at the engine.
Step 8: Move the top of the oil-line towards the back of the engine after the lower clamp is off, and slide the bottom of the oil-line off the standoff on the engine.
Step 9: Clean old gasket off. Take your time and do this right. Check the bottom of the turbo and get any gasket stuff off there. Install new gasket. You may use copper gasket spray on both sides. This helped hold the gasket onto the oil-line and made installation easier.
Step 10: Reinstall oil line. Do not forget to reinstall the heat shield around the rubber hose. Use a good torque wrench on the bolts at the bottom of the oil return.
Step 11: The water return-line has little clearance for a torque wrench. Try to get a feel how much force it may take to remove the line and then use good judgment when tightening it.
Step 12: Reverse all the other stuff. From 02 sensor, hot-side pipe, hose to the intercooler, and turbo intake.
It may seem hard but it's just remove parts and reinstall parts process. Make sure that the water return and oil return are installed and torqued properly. This may take you at least an hour under the car trying to carefully twist the oil return out of the way of the water line. It was a very easy project once the water line has been removed - take thecoolant lineoff! This means that you have to get new crush washers for that line, but that's a few bucks for making this an easy fix. Few more reminders when getting a superb gasket, do not use silicone on gaskets, clean and replace the oil line to eliminate blockage, always check oil pressure and supply to the turbo, and always use a fresh and correct grade oil and oil filter. Always prime the turbo with oil before running the engine.