Last night when driving in second gear i noticed the boost was not building smoothly as usual so i left my foot out of it to discover i had blew out a big cloud of blueish grey smoke. Which i believe is oil
the car is pretty much stock with an Ohio rusting body Iv'e never thought it was worth putting money into a rust bucket. But after pulling off the inlet pipe to the turbo and i can feel a half inch to an inch of shaft play I'm assuming my turbo is blown. Car still runs and does not smoke when idling but probably does when driving. i had my buddy rev it up for me while i stood behind it and it did not put out smoke until he let off like the throttle. i drove it to work and babied it today checking the oil before and after and it did not lose any but I'm not gonna keep driving around after i felt the shaft play.
the reason for this post is i had looked on craigslist and no one has a stock turbo for sale or even an evo III. I'm from Toledo Ohio and there is not dsm shop in town anymore but I'm keeping my eyes open for a bigger turbo. or possibly a cheap ebay turbo and not trying to push much boost from it.
i was looking for advice if the 1g turbo was bigger or something or possibly if anyone knew a good re manufactured turbo or should i be bending over at the junkyards, or a rebuild kit?
I'm trying to keep this as cheap as possible but some more horsepower would be fun.