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Old 4th December 2007, 16:28   #1
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Hi, my family owns a Chevy Tavera since the past 3 years. The car has been running exceptionally well & has clocked close to 200,000 Kms in these 2 years.
However to our utter dismay, I have discovered that the Turbo has gone Kaput... The problem is there is seepage of oil in the turbo. Every few days we have to get the damn thing cleaned & things get fine till it starts smoking again...
I inquired with Chevy & they told me some funny reasons like fuel quality being the main cause of the failure of the turbo.
Has any 1 of you faced a similar problem on their Tavera or any other car for that matter? What is the remedy besides replacing the whole thing?

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Old 4th December 2007, 19:02   #2
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Still under warranty?

you will need to rebuild you turbo. yours might be the chevy thts run this much hence you turbo will need a rebuild. Turbos are required to have a rebuild after xx kms...depending on turbo design

So rebuild is the way to go i guess.
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2 lakh KM in 2 years.A LAKH KM A YEAR.Is that even possible?
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well a tata exec told me once that for any turbo you need to let the car idle for a few mins at the end of the day to let the oil drain out otherwise the next day it will clog the turbo.
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The turbo seals are blown and you need a rebuild. At 2 lakh kms, you should not be complaining.
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2 lakh KM in 2 years.A LAKH KM A YEAR.Is that even possible?
On an average 8333 kms a month and 275 kms a day. Quite possible with a commercial vehicle.

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At 2 lakh kms, you should not be complaining.
Absolutely. Forget turbo, our Indigo started cribbing about smallest of things at 50k.
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Old 5th December 2007, 14:41   #7
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Error - My earlier post should have read 3 years instead of 2 .
How does one go about re-building a Turbo? The guys at Chevy told us that the Turbo has very delicate parts (read fans) and cannot be repaired in any way. The cost for a new one was 1.25 Lacs since this was an older model. The new car comes with a Turbo which cost a mere 40,000 compared to the older one.
Warrant has expired... so no chance of free replacement.
Lastly... I am not complaining... In fact we are very happy with the kind of reliability provided by the Tavera.
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2 lakh KM in 2 years.A LAKH KM A YEAR.Is that even possible?
my alto last year on 3 august when i came back had around 24k on the odo

and today after a year and 4 months it has done 1.70lac km
so its possible

and the smoke happened with my n1 turbo engine rite before it got siezed
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Can't the new turbo be fitted with some "Jugaad". You will save 80K
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Do some quick-fix cover up job on the turbo and sell the car!! That's the best way out! Spending 1.25lac on a 3yr old Tavera is not worth it at all!!!
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Do some quick-fix cover up job on the turbo and sell the car!! That's the best way out! Spending 1.25lac on a 3yr old Tavera is not worth it at all!!!
And off-load the problem onto an unsuspecting owner? Thats not necessarily in the best of spirits, is it?
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Do some quick-fix cover up job on the turbo and sell the car!! That's the best way out! Spending 1.25lac on a 3yr old Tavera is not worth it at all!!!
With each of your thoughts you build the world you want to live in. Congratulations, you are making a hell for yourself.
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As far as I know the Tavera runs a Isuzu Panther engine (JA-1L) would reccomend that you try and source the turbo from Indonesia or if you could give me the turbo's model number could help in finding a replacement turbo specification for it.
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GUYS!!! I ain't no earth hating terrorist! was just a suggestion!
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Damn, I am surprised to see that nobody sells a turbo rebuild kit in India. Might want to try contacting the manufacturer. Its just a bunch of seals and bearings.
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