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c0rrup
10-20-2010, 01:49 PM
I am shipping my turbo out to get it rebuilt, and wondering if I will have a hard time taking it out and reinstalling it? Is there any tips I should make note of before going to take it out?

Thanks.

gfro1234
10-20-2010, 01:53 PM
I am shipping my turbo out to get it rebuilt, and wondering if I will have a hard time taking it out and reinstalling it? Is there any tips I should make note of before going to take it out?

Thanks.

chances are that if you have to ask (just like I did a year or two ago) it's gonna be a lot more complicated than you thought. good luck

prizmatik
10-20-2010, 02:10 PM
Make sure you label everything well. I have removed a turbo from the B5 3 times now, the hardest part has always been the 3 bolts holding the catalytic converter to the wastegate, especially the bottom bolt. Also, use penetrating oil on your exhaust bolts to help free them up. How much is your rebuild going to cost?

MOtown A4
10-20-2010, 02:12 PM
its really simple. 3 bolts into the manifold, 3 on the exhaust housing (may be difficult to get to. use planty of PB blaster and a universal socket joins and extensions) oil and coolant return lines, oil and coolant feed lines, disconnect from the intercooler and the TIP and you're home free. something i would do to give yourself a little more room to work with is to remove your airbox and other stuff on that side of the engine bay.

bigblue
10-20-2010, 02:16 PM
I think theres a bracket that holds the turbo as well under it. Unless thats only on the b6

khj677turbo
10-20-2010, 02:37 PM
If I can change a turbo at age 17 with little previous mechanical skills, you can too!!!!

Audi Skate Snow
10-20-2010, 02:43 PM
Here read this http://www.a4mods.com/index.php?page=webcontent/pages/apr3.html

it is not hard at all and you cant interchange things so dont worry about labeling stuff... maybe just the n75 hoses so you dont put on backwards.

c0rrup
10-20-2010, 04:06 PM
chances are that if you have to ask (just like I did a year or two ago) it's gonna be a lot more complicated than you thought. good luck

Yeah, I'm, not actually doing the work, my grease monkey mechanic friend is, I'm sure it will be no problem for him I just wanted to get an idea how it will be.

@prizmatik, I am paying $350 for it to get rebuilt. The stock k03 turbo is $1200.

flynnr
10-20-2010, 04:21 PM
you are getting boned^

c0rrup
10-20-2010, 04:25 PM
you are getting boned^

$350 for a rebuild too high? Where else do you recommend I get it rebuilt?

Thanks.

bigblue
10-20-2010, 04:41 PM
You could get a gpopshop ko4 for 750... and it'll bolt right in...

Audi Skate Snow
10-20-2010, 04:42 PM
ahah ill sell you my k03 in the garage for 100 bucks

c0rrup
10-20-2010, 04:47 PM
ahah ill sell you my k03 in the garage for 100 bucks

I heard not all k03s fit in audi a4s or something, it has to be the correct (exact) model?

If nothing is wrong with it, sure.

bigblue
10-20-2010, 04:59 PM
Well there are different models... but with vw/audi ones the difference is transverse mounted engine vs longitudinal. a gti/jetta turbo won't fit but a passat one will... and an a4 one will fit another a4 but a tt turbo won't

thenofjboy
10-20-2010, 05:00 PM
[QUOTE=c0rrup;5804638]Yeah, I'm, not actually doing the work, my grease monkey mechanic friend is, I'm sure it will be no problem for him I just wanted to get an idea how it will be.

now is the PERFECT time to learn, its really not that hard at all. you should have your friend instruct you what to do step by step, you'll appreciate later on. Get some PB blaster & start soaking those nuts/bolts

also, $1200 for a KO3 is crazinessss....."maybe" thats the the dealer charge, who knows, but you can get a BIG TURBO for less than that. If the same people who are rebuilding your turbo told you a new KO3 goes for $1200, id seriously start looking elsewhere.

FYI - this KO4 is going for $695 soo that should give you an idea how over priced the stock KO3 from who your talking to.
http://www.ecstuning.com/Audi-B5_A4-FWD-1.8T/Search/KO4_Turbo/ES1884484/

what company are you talking to that might do the rebuild?

prizmatik
10-20-2010, 05:16 PM
I just checked last week, the dealer wants $1300+tax.

c0rrup
10-20-2010, 05:27 PM
Yes that was the dealer price. GPopShop told me $350 for the rebuild. If Audi Skate Snow's turbo came from a b5 a4 then sure I'll buy his if it's in good condition / not too many miles.

Jman25
10-20-2010, 05:51 PM
photos! take pics of everything as you go, it will help when putting back together.

biketsai
10-20-2010, 05:53 PM
Just follow the DIY's. Make sure you have swivels and a set of allen sockets to make things easier. The hardest part for me the first time was removing the turbo bracket. PS: You can find a used K03 or K03s for $100-150, check your local junkyards too.

Chris

flynnr
10-20-2010, 06:17 PM
Just follow the DIY's. Make sure you have swivels and a set of allen sockets to make things easier. The hardest part for me the first time was removing the turbo bracket. PS: You can find a used K03 or K03s for $100-150, check your local junkyards too.

Chris

this.

NeedingAnAudi
10-20-2010, 06:38 PM
Well there are different models... but with vw/audi ones the difference is transverse mounted engine vs longitudinal. a gti/jetta turbo won't fit but a passat one will... and an a4 one will fit another a4 but a tt turbo won't

Eeeehhh your half right. S4 ko3's don't bolt up to the a4 downpipe, the exhaust housings has 4 studs on an s4 as compared to only 3 on the a4. Ask me how I know..... [headbang]

thenofjboy
10-20-2010, 06:51 PM
^ ouch - live and learn

the junkyard is always a good idea but who knows what you getting yourself into..it will probably last but for how long?? its hit or miss. You could always rebuild it yourself & then send it away to be balance if needed. I think Gpopshop balances them for $65 but check their site.

also, do you have any desire for more power? its going to take some more $$ but now would be a good time. you dont have to go crazy & spend the world but there def some choices out there...Talk to your buddy that was going to help with turbo change, im sure he has some knowledge and or experience...

c0rrup
10-20-2010, 06:58 PM
I have no desire for more power, I only have the desire to have no blue smoke coming out the exhaust, haha. I have to replace the pulley tensioner aswell so cannot spend too much on one thing. :)