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Old 04-06-2009, 09:37 PM
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I have a 1999 saturn sc2. I bought a t3 turbo off of a 99 audi a4. Im just beginning to run my oil line now. I never done a turbo before and i was just wondering if theres a easy way to find out if your turbo is reciving oil and if its getting to much or not enough. Hahaha im such a noob!

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And just for the record the pvc pipe was just a guide for the real intercooler pipes! haha
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im probably being real annoying by now and probably wont get any replys
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lol im new to this turbo thing so my car will probably blow up anyway..
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I have seen a few guys use a clear section in their drain line for testing... You could also just put the drain line in a bucket and turn the motor over without letting it run.
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Originally Posted by darkhorizon View Post
I have seen a few guys use a clear section in their drain line for testing... You could also just put the drain line in a bucket and turn the motor over without letting it run.
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put in an oil pressure gauge that sits in the engine bay.
get one with no wires needed.
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Originally Posted by gtokidd View Post
I have a 1999 saturn sc2. I bought a t3 turbo off of a 99 audi a4. Im just beginning to run my oil line now. I never done a turbo before and i was just wondering if theres a easy way to find out if your turbo is reciving oil and if its getting to much or not enough
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1st off, I'm thinking if that turbo's off an Audi/a4 it's a KKK k03. In fact, I believe you can see the triangle with the 3 k's inside of it there on the compressor housing. The reason I mention it is because, I'm running a K03
on my set-up, and I put a .060 restrictor in the oil feed line. Here's a way that you can see exactly how the oil is coming through. Get it all the way set up on the car, complete with the oil feed line installed, then run a piece of drain line (1/2 inch anything) from your turbo drain fitting down into a small pan. Cap the drain input at the pan so you don't kick oil out of the pan fitting.
Make sure you car is topped off with oil, of course. Now start the car and let it idle, that oil line will pump about a half a quart out of the car into that little catch pan within about 30 seconds, now quick, shut the car off.
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if you were just a little patient you would have gotten your answer with out all the fuss you caused
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Well, my turbo's a rear mount so I was really concerned about whether it was getting oil or not so I modified a glass fuel filter by removing the filter and drilling out the holes a little larger. I then installed it on the return line just before it returned to the motor as seen in the photo below. My feed line has a 1/8" brass needle valve to regulate oil flow. I can adjust it while I watch the return to regulate the amount of flow I want, works great.

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