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Old 11th January 2014, 16:58   #1
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My 2009 i20 turbo is leaking oil. There is one or two drops of oil leak right below the front end of the engine when the car is parked over night.
Initially the service adviser informed that the turbo oil hose needs to be replaced, but later after examining they informed me that the turbo oil seal is slightly leaking and that the turbo needs to be replaced. The service adviser took the initiative to inform me about getting the turbo refurbished, as the new one would cost 65000/- plus taxes. My queries
1. How soon should I get the turbo refurbished or replaced ? As per the service adviser, the leak is minor right now.
2. Is it advisable to go for refurbishing the turbo? If it's advisable, are there any good turbo refurbishing guys in Bangalore who can refurbish i20 turbo?
3. If I have to go for a new turbo, should I go through Hyundai service centre or will this turbo be available in the open market? Hoping it would be available in the open marker so that it would be gentle on the pocket, as Hyundai is ripping my pocket apart quoting 65000/- plus tax.
I just want to check all the options available before going for replacing the turbo, as I intend to keep this car for many more years. I keep all my cars for at least 10 years.

PS:Moderators, searched the form for i20 turbo oil leaking issue and could not find any. If I have missed out, please move it to the right section. Thanks.
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Old 11th January 2014, 17:22   #2
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Default re: Hyundai i20: Oil Leak from the Turbo

Please refer this thread.

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/long-t...ladakh-19.html

PM Anand for more details
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Old 12th January 2014, 14:00   #3
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Default Re: Hyundai i20: Oil Leak from the Turbo

- If the dealer knows a reliable shop which can overhaul the turbo, please go ahead. They usually will offer some kind of post repair warranty also. Yes they can be refurbished if one has access to genuine repair kits.

- If the leak is minor (no major oil consumption) and turbo performance is not getting affected, you can delay the repair.

- Check at JC road if they can supply you a OE turbo and if it gives you a major saving. If so then its worth buying it and getting it installed at dealer or even another reputed garage.
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Default Re: Hyundai i20: Oil Leak from the Turbo

Check which make turbo your vehicle has, if it is TEL you can try their service center in JC Road, Bangalore. The new vehicles have Honeywell turbos which are also available in the after-market. It is important to identify the cause of leak before going for turbo replacement. VNT/VGT costs a bomb for replacement. I suggest try driving vehicle for few kilometers around your area and see whether there is any oil leak, the way you have mentioned the problem it should not be a turbo issue.
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Default Re: Hyundai i20: Oil Leak from the Turbo

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My 2009 i20 turbo is leaking oil.
Houston, could you please mention the odo reading and also usual driving conditions / habit. Not specific to the issue you are facing, however guess this will help in others preventing the issue.
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Default Re: Hyundai i20: Oil Leak from the Turbo

Just a thought

What happens if you keep driving as it is.... if there is not too much oil loss is this a real issue (safety /reliability wise)
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Default Re: Hyundai i20: Oil Leak from the Turbo

To keep it simple, the bearings of a turbo are dependent on oil, so in relation to the performance of turbo. So as long as you take care of oil level no problem but oil leak in a turbo happens on turbine side and compressor side due to different operating conditions which affects the performance of turbo in long run. It is better to identify the cause and fix it.

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Old 13th January 2014, 16:52   #8
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Default Re: Hyundai i20: Oil Leak from the Turbo

Thanks for your PM, sorry I was out for a few days. I am sharing my response to your PM on this thread as well:

As F150 already pointed out, I have refurbished turbo on my Tucson. it was done in Feb 2013 and it's been working fine. Car has done 17,000 km on the refurbished turbo including a 6000 km Ladakh trip. If you have read the details on my thread, I got it done in Pune and there should be shops in Bangalore too. As I understood from the Turbo guy, there are various levels of failures:
1. Leaking seals - can be refurbished. The refurbishing kits contain seals and bearings that can be very easily replaced.
2. Scoring/damage to the turbine/compressor wheels or the shaft: they inspect the damage and if it's within acceptable limits, you can live with it. They can also fine grind the shaft to restore it's balance, etc.

More importantly, PCV valve can leak. As you can read my story, after refurbishing the turbo, I still had oil in the intake so we replaced the PCV valve and it completely fixed the problem. The PCV for Tucson is very economically priced (Rs. 200 something).

What's the mileage of your car?
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Default Re: Hyundai i20: Oil Leak from the Turbo

I believe if you have the product code you can straightaway get a new one from Garret Turbo (a Honeywell brand). If you source it directly through them it costs almost half I believe.

1.5 and 1.6 CRDI Verna uses the Garret Turbo, I am quite sure for 1.4 also it should be the same brand.
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- If the dealer knows a reliable shop which can overhaul the turbo, please go ahead. They usually will offer some kind of post repair warranty also. Yes they can be refurbished if one has access to genuine repair kits.

- If the leak is minor (no major oil consumption) and turbo performance is not getting affected, you can delay the repair.

- Check at JC road if they can supply you a OE turbo and if it gives you a major saving. If so then its worth buying it and getting it installed at dealer or even another reputed garage.
Sorry for the late response.

Checking with the dealer if knows an reliable shop who can refurbish the turbo. Yet to hear from them.

- As of now the oil leak seems to be minor. The turbo seems to be working fine.

- Checking if anyone can supply OE turbo.


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Check which make turbo your vehicle has, if it is TEL you can try their service center in JC Road, Bangalore. The new vehicles have Honeywell turbos which are also available in the after-market. It is important to identify the cause of leak before going for turbo replacement. VNT/VGT costs a bomb for replacement. I suggest try driving vehicle for few kilometers around your area and see whether there is any oil leak, the way you have mentioned the problem it should not be a turbo issue.
Have asked the service adviser to advise the make of the turbo with the part number. Let me drive around and see for oil leak as you have suggested. Service adviser informed that the turbo is leaking, will have to go back and check exactly what is the problem and from where the oil is leaking


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Houston, could you please mention the odo reading and also usual driving conditions / habit. Not specific to the issue you are facing, however guess this will help in others preventing the issue.
ODO reading is 64000 kms. Home - Office commute in B'lore which is 60 kms per day 6 days a week. Bangalore-Shridi-Bangalore once a year and quite a bit of highway drives thrown in between.

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What's the mileage of your car?
It has done 64000 kms

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I believe if you have the product code you can straightaway get a new one from Garret Turbo (a Honeywell brand). If you source it directly through them it costs almost half I believe.

1.5 and 1.6 CRDI Verna uses the Garret Turbo, I am quite sure for 1.4 also it should be the same brand.
Checking with the dealer on the make of the turbo used in my 2009 car.
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Default Re: Hyundai i20: Oil Leak from the Turbo

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...they informed me that the turbo oil seal is slightly leaking...
Very typical of Hyundai to officially recommend a complete replacement even for a leaky oil seal.

You should get the unit taken out and the oil seal attended to by a specialist repair shop outside. May not need a complete overhaul if it's just an oil seal leak.
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Very typical of Hyundai to officially recommend a complete replacement even for a leaky oil seal.
You should get the unit taken out and the oil seal attended to by a specialist repair shop outside. May not need a complete overhaul if it's just an oil seal leak.
Luckily my service adviser was to one who informed me about getting the turbo refurbished. He is yet to get back to me on who would refurbish i20 turbo in B'lore. Been checking on who could refurbish i20 turbo in B'lore and till now no success.
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Been checking on who could refurbish i20 turbo in B'lore and till now no success.
Houston, you certainly have a problem on your hands, not the least of which is the service advisor from Hyundai Service.

If I may suggest you to take the car around to some recommended outside places, which have been reviewed by others on TBHP-Directory. One of them may be able to hook you up with someone who can service the turbo.

Here are a few threads to help get you started:
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/bangal...s-adugodi.html (Automotive Garage - Bangalore Motor Works (Adugodi))
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/bangal...bangalore.html (Automotive Garage - Automechs (Koramangala, Bangalore))
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/bangal...bangalore.html (Automotive Workshop : Sejal Motors (Bangalore))
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/bangal...bangalore.html
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/bangal...bangalore.html (Automotive Workshop - SSS Auto Care ( HSR Layout - Bangalore))
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Default Re: Hyundai i20: Oil Leak from the Turbo

Need some urgent help guys. My i20 diesel is 2 yrs old and has done 18k kms. When I sent it for servicing to kun hyundai, adyar, chennai and told them that there is excessive smoking; they called back saying that tuebocharger is leaking and has to be replaced. When I told them that the car is underbwarranty, theynkept giving me arbit answers and have now told me that they have replaced gadkets, oil rings etc and that you drive for 2 months and if still smoke comes, we will replace the turbo under warranty. What do I make of it all and what should I do? My i20 is under wa4ranty till mar-15.

My car is lately giving me incity mileage of 8-10 kmpl. Is leaky turbocharger the issue? Btw, the smoke is black smoke.

Looking fwd to your help and suggestions.
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^^ If there is a problem with the turbo & the car's within warranty, it should be replaced & not repaired as done in your case. I would suggest pulling the leash on the service center & checking what really had been the issue in your car & what or why they did what they did.
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