Isuzu Turbo Diagnostic Tips

Model Year Trucks 2007-2010 Isuzu N-Seines and GMC W-Series

Diesel Engine 5.2L (4HK1), Equipped with Diesel Particulate Filter

2007-2009 Isuzu F-Series and GMC and Chevy T and C Series

 Diesel Engine 7.8L (6HK1) Equipped with Diesel Particulate Filter

2011-2015 N-Series Truck

Equipped with a 5.2L (4HK) or a 3.0L (4JJ1) Equipped with Diesel Particulate Filter

Isuzu trucks are equipped with a closed PCV system. The purpose of the closed PCV system is to keep harmful blow-by gas from entering the atmosphere. Unfortunately, blow-by gas production and air intake demands do not always match which allows oil vapor from the crankcase to enter the intake system. As a result of the closed PCV system allowing blow-by gas entering the intake system, there is a lot of unnecessary turbo replacements. Oil in the intake system is common with the closed PCV system and is not an indication of a bad Turbo

Isuzu turbochargers are equipped with a dynamic seal (not rubber). Boost pressure on the compressor side and the exhaust pressure on the turbine side keep the lubricating oil inside the turbocharger center housing. A reduction in pressure on either side of the center housing will allow oil to pass into either the intake or the exhaust side of the turbo. When diagnosing oil in the engine complaint it will be necessary to determine the source of the pressure reduction.

Complete inspection procedure can be found at:

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