Today I spent a few hours playing with my new parts.
I took the driver’s side turbo off, separated it from the exhaust manifold and I bolted the new passenger side turbo up to the passenger exhaust manifold.
One thing I am a bit curious about, the turbo has a divot that looks to be intended for exhaust manifold clearance. The turbo housing appears, however, to be a few degrees off and is making contact with the manifold. I will need to recheck this once it’s on the car to make sure the turbo is clocked correctly.
Passenger side turbo is off… and took much longer than expected (which I should start to expect).
One more thing I surely would have found crazy frustrating if the engine wasn’t out of the car. In order to take the passenger turbo completely out there are a number of fluid lines which need to be disconnected. For some of the bolts it’s impossible to get normal-sized tools in to reach them (and I only have normal-sized tools). To get the turbo loose I cheated by loosening the housing and rotating it to gain better access. I wouldn’t recommend this, however, if you’re not planning on replacing or rebuilding your turbos as you could damage them.
I also started putting the accessories back on the front of the engine. I need a new idler wheel for the accessory belt, so am not completely done with that part of the refresh.
All the seals are done, so it’s time for the valve covers to go back on. After double-checking the torque on all the bolts I applied gasket sealer to the recommended corners, put on fresh gaskets and then put the valve covers back on.
Moving from the top of the engine to the front I put on the new timing belt tensioner and idler roller. I’ll confess, getting the timing belt back on was much more of a chore than expected. There is not much space around the shroud, so the belt has to slide in perfectly straight or it binds up. There is no slack in a new belt so it was a struggle to get in. I’m not sure I would have been able to do this with the engine in the car.
Along with putting in the timing belt I replaced the crank bolt. I found it fascinating that the bolt actually stretches from the torque applied to it during it’s time in the engine.
If you are doing your own timing belt, I found the ECS guide was an excellent reference. Print it out and have it on hand to supplement whatever manual you are using.
To close out the day turned my attention to the passenger side turbo and loosened the exhaust manifold.