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Volvo S40 Oil Leak From Turbo Return Pipe Seal

Volvo S40 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Engine Affected: 1.9L 4 Cylinder Turbo

Average Mileage: 98,733 mi (21,369 mi - 135,000 mi)


The turbocharger return pipe seal may develop an oil leak. The leak can begin very small, but will eventually progress into a large leak. Our technicians recommend having this repaired at first signs of leakage.

  • Visitor, , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 119,000 mi

    It was spraying oil and was smoking it did it for a while before i figured out that is was actually that o ring on the bottom of turbo return pipe where it goes into the block. Finally, no more smoke or big puddles of oil everywhere

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  • Visitor, , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 135,000 mi

    oil leak started a few years back - mechanic says it could be the turbo oil return seal

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  • Visitor, , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 88,500 mi

    Problem: Oil leaking into the turbo. Solution: Get a new turbo and pay $2000 becuase i don't know enough not to get ripped off.

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  • bralan, , 1.9L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 21,369 mi

    Oil leak noted by technician
    Replaced turbo oil return seal

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