Turbo possibly blown in car - scrap?

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in N. Ireland
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in N. Ireland
Think the turbo has finally just blown in my high miler VW.

I drove to the shop this morning no problem, then when I started it up to go home there is no power under the accelerator, I was able to get home at about 5mph...

May be time to scrap? It has a full tank of diesel in it also... not sure what to do. I do have breakdown cover than can take me to a mechanic etc, but then after that I am at their mercy.

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  • CEON44CEON44 Forumite
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    I know VW among other cars have a "get me home" mode. When something goes wrong the car is restricted in power/speed etc to get you home. Doesnt have to be fatal though and could be something simple. Obviously you need to get it looked at
    I started out with nothing......And still have most of it left:p
  • motorguymotorguy Forumite
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    CEON44 wrote: »
    I know VW among other cars have a "get me home" mode. When something goes wrong the car is restricted in power/speed etc to get you home. Doesnt have to be fatal though and could be something simple. Obviously you need to get it looked at

    +1

    I'd be getting it checked out by your local, trusted mechanic.

    A blown turbo isnt necessarily fatal. On a VW they can be bought refurbed for a few hundred.
  • tommietommie Forumite
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    It`s just gone into limp mode.


    Are you sure it`s the actual turbo not a blown turbo pipe?


    If its the turbo a refurbed one will sort the problem, the engine itself will be ok.
  • qwert_yuiopqwert_yuiop Forumite
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    What age is your car? It may be past the point of economic redemption.
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  • Zola.Zola. Forumite
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    So.... I didn't go into work this morning as I planned to nurse the car to the nearest garage... when I started it up it was entirely back to normal!?
    The drive to the shop yesterday is only about 1/4 of a mile, could the very short trip have caused some sort of minor stutter?

    I probably still need to get it checked out, but the car drove as good as ever for the 10 mile drive to work just now.
    "Save like a pessimist, invest like an optimist" 
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  • BigAl94BigAl94 Forumite
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    There's something not right - take it to a mechanic to get fault codes read.
  • homeboyhomeboy Forumite
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    I think the same happened to my old Pathfinder. Engine warning light came on and I couldn't go higher than 20mph. It would go away but come back again. It has something to do with colder weather. The mechanic said something about a sensor in the clutch. Good luck.
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    ballyblackballyblack Forumite
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    edited 16 November 2018 at 8:35PM
    probably not Turbo.

    If it fails you will know.........could be as simple as a sensor somewhere.....get it checked by a competent mechanic

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  • thetopethetope Forumite
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    If you're in Belfast, take it to Walsh Motors in Andersonstown -VW specialist and not hard to pay. They can plug the car into a laptop and find out what's wrong. I have had something similar happen twice, one was a glow plug (cheap fix), one was an injector (not so cheap).
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