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decided to keep these as my winter wheels and not order a replacement, I will just order something completely different for a summer setup. I am loving the general g-max, thanks for the recommendation!

Does anyone know if the turbo has a sensor to read boost level on a stock cpu? I have a program that should be showing whatever is being input to the cpu but only thing that doesnt seem to be working is the boost level, wondering if I have to buy a sensor or gauge setup...any ideas or recommendations? thanks in advance
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you couldnt out run a golf cart.
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Vag com should read it. idk if the lite version reads boost, but anyways..

definitely invest in a boost gauge. Its just a great thing to have, and is a dead give away if you have a boost/vaccuum leak.

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ordered a CiM vent boost gauge and just my luck now having some issues with the turbo...I was driving in first and it felt like the boost kicked in early and hard and since then it seems to not be noticeable, from approx 1500-4500 rpm I hear a constant whine and really has no kick to it like it did before. I am new to turbos any ideas what the cause could be and/or has anyone experienced this before? no CEL or any indicators
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You either have a massive boost leak or the turbo could be going...

Is it just a louder version of the turbo whistle, or more of a screaming noise?

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Im thinking its a boost leak or maybe a DV issue, the turbo is definitely still working just not 100% now and not as strong, Ill check it out after I get the gauge installed, car still drives fine besides that.
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sounds like a boost leak


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Hey where is this website? To preview wheels? I've been looking for one


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so past few weeks issues keep popping up. ABS and traction control light keep coming on and my brakes started to act up last week, I could feel some resistance or grinding when applying the brake, then on the way home from the east bay one day combined with the brake issues the engine started to overheat at the toll booth, not by much(+10-20deg) but still scared me, It was fine once you start rolling but at idle no bueno. I called precision motorworks and made an appointment as soon as I got home, just took it in yesterday and here is the diagnosis;

-rear shocks blown/leaking oil
-ABS module needed some wires to be re-soldered
-(as I feared)Seems to be original timing belt/ect
-Fuel system needs cleaning
-Oil leak from the valve cover and cam tensioner
-needs new spark plugs
-Oil leaking down onto the coolant flange has caused a coolant leak

I was quoted $140 to diagnose the ABS system, $60 for a 32 point inspection.

After speaking with Jeff the service manager here is the damage;

$140 - waived diagnostic fee but same fee applied for repair
$280 - 2x rear shock replacement (bilstein)
$136 - fuel system cleaning
$300 - new coolant flange
$478 - new valve cover gasket, new cam tensioner gasket, new plugs.
$1221 - new timing belt, water pump w/ metal impellers, new thermostat, drive belt and whatever else a timing belt job entails.
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Approx. total = $2500


These prices include labor and I was told this was a worse case estimate, usually the work can be done quicker and in that case I would be paying a bit less.

all the work done comes with a 12 month warranty, the bilstein shocks have a lifetime warranty and were cheaper than OEM, on a good note, no boost leak, DV/wastegate/turbo are all in good shape.

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You look to be getting hit with double labor costs, they are book valuing your repairs even though removal of some things makes it easier to access others. I would ask for a detailed labor log and price by hour spent, not estimated replacement logs.


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You look to be getting hit with double labor costs, they are book valuing your repairs even though removal of some things makes it easier to access others. I would ask for a detailed labor log and price by hour spent, not estimated replacement logs.
Yeah I thought the same thing and was told a few items have overlapping labor and this was just worse case estimate, I will definitely ask for a detailed log when I pick up the car, and hoping it will be less than the estimate
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Fuel system cleaning? Thats a joke. I hate reading about vehicle repair shops. Its criminal. I hope they are using oem parts. I would be finding some friends with tools and know-how and buy them pizza and drinks and bang all that out in a weekend.

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its been a while but here is a small update, installed this boost gauge today....

last week the car started overheating in traffic and when I got home I noticed some noise coming from the rear wheel so I took it in for a check up, it turns out the caliper/piston was actuating/getting stuck when it shouldnt be, they recommended a new caliper. The overheating issue wasnt really figured out, they noted the lower radiator hose was colder than and also found a small leak from the radiator, recommended replacing the radiator and the coolant temp sensor(fan switch) then recheck for overheating issues. estimate I was given was $1271 which I laughed at in my head and told them I couldnt afford it...I am kind of pissed as I had this shop go over and replace so many things within the past three months you would think they would have noticed these issues before when I had all the other work done, I feel like they are just trying to nickle and dime me so I have decided to start doing a lot of my own maintenance and repairs or I will take it to people I can trust and wont be marking things up ridiculous amounts. /endrant lol
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its been a while but here is a small update, installed this boost gauge today....

they noted the lower radiator hose was colder than and also found a small leak from the radiator, recommended replacing the radiator and the coolant temp sensor(fan switch) then recheck for overheating issues. estimate I was given was $1271
Caliper seizing stinks, dealing with that myself right now. the lower rad hose being cold tells me your thermostat is stuck closed or not opening right, replace that first for $40 and then think of other things downstream.


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Caliper seizing stinks, dealing with that myself right now. the lower rad hose being cold tells me your thermostat is stuck closed or not opening right, replace that first for $40 and then think of other things downstream.
Ah yeah shitty, what is the deal with your caliper problems? Im guessing mine are just due to age/wear and tear. Planning on changing all the rotors and pads anyways so I might just splurge and grab both new rear calipers for peace of mind. I thought about the thermostat issue as well but they just replaced it when I had the timing belt done, I wonder if they are just beating around the bush not trying to admit thats the problem lol could the temp sensor possibly be a culprit?
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