Should I change the turbo?


Asked by Sep 05, 2014 at 01:16 PM about the 2001 Saab 9-5 SE Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 2001 Saab 9-5 station wagon shows small puffs of blue smoke on start-up. Otherwise,
it runs without any problem. Body in good shape; no rust.

3 Answers

Tom Demyan

It's probably not the turbo, have the car looked at by your mechanic who can offer a solution. A small amount of blue smoke is nothing major and could be worn valve seals in the engine. I hate replacing parts on a whim.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

Hi Tom: Thank you for your reply. My Saab mechanic of more than twenty years (the 9-5 station wagon is my 4th Saab) thinks the blue smoke is due to worn out seals in the turbo. This vehicle has 153,500 miles. Nevertheless, I think it's worth to check the valve seals if he hasn't done it yet. I'll let you know. Thank you again, Tolo M.

Tom Demyan

OK, you didn't mention that you had it to a Saab mechanic. I would tend to trust him, but always good to get a second opinion.

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