OK - well it's finally happened. It's been on it's way out for a long time but holding on grimly....
The K04-022 has died on the S3. Still boosting OK at the moment so drivable, however, is spunking out more oil than BP's whoopsie.
Took off the hot side charge pipe hose to the intercooler last night and found a rather large amount of smoke coming from it. Cold side piping was literally coated in a film of oil as far as I can see it. TB is brown. Smoke on overrun. Etc etc.
It's all bad basically.
However, on the plus side, this would appear to be the time to replace with a hybrid turbo me thinks. Everything else is now in place thankfully, and just in time to be fair.
Requirements will be the turbo itself, injectors and suitable map. That's it. Aside from parts for changing.
Plan is to take the head off. I don't care what anyone says, changing a K04 with the head still on on your drive is near impossible, and would be no fun AT ALL. So off comes the lid!
Am beginning prep to be bent over by the bank manager AGAIN, funding this project won't be easy, but it's a necessary evil.
So watch this space. I have booked the last week of September off (27th onwards) to get this done - I have loads of holiday left to use up anyway at work.
And so it begins....