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The service notes call to remove the engine but that seems a bit extreme. Is it possible to remove the turbos while the engine is still in the car? If so, are there any tips or tricks on making it a bit easier?

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Yes, it is definately possible to remove the turbos with the engine in situ. It is not a pleasant job, but there is no need to remove the engine just for the turbos.

If you don

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Thanks Mike. There's no corrosion so it would be hard to justify sacrificing the coolant lines :D although penetrating oil is def a good idea,

'03.5 Final Edition Esprit ~ 5.7lbs/hp

mildly modded - 430rwhp, 353rwtq

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plus: you have to fabricate some 'special' spanners, as there is not much space to loosen the pipe connections from water/oil. An ordinary open-end spanner does have to big sides (that will be an limitation on move angle from side to side..) . It does help if you also use an blow torch to heat the connections up (the steel overlays with treats..) . And if all fails just melt dose bloody bastard nuts of from the studs !

good luck!!

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Ok, oil lines and coolant line were straight forward but the turbos seem to have washers with a tab that's bent up against one side of the hex nut. How do I deal these?

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'03.5 Final Edition Esprit ~ 5.7lbs/hp

mildly modded - 430rwhp, 353rwtq

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use a long stiff and sharp screwdriver, and bend them up (mostly, on older cars those will fall apart ->rust...) .

same system is used on the manifold/head (just if the time comes that you want to do some work on here , bud those are made of sheets from stainless steel ... . )

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Yes I did. It wasn't too hard. I did have to make a tool to remove the coolant lines. Bending the tabs wasn't hard with a long screwdriver. The only problem was the front inside nut on the right turbo. I had to cut the nut off and replace the stud. Other than that, pretty straight forward.

PS: I called you earlier but the call didn't go thru; RE: EGR.

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