RA Rodeo 3 litre Turbo Diesel

Submitted: Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 19:49
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Hello all,
I drive a 2004 RA Rodeo with a 3 litre turbo diesel engine, it has 150000 klm on the clock and I have owned it since new. It is serviced every 10000 klm without fail.
Is there anyone that can tell me the life expectancy of the turbo is as I have just discovered a small amount of oil in the pipe that runs from the inter-cooler to the throttle body. Is this something I should be concerned about? I think that pipe is supposed to carry clean air only. Is the turbo worth rebuilding or are they disposable. One turbo business here in Brisbane told me that they are disposable as a new one cost only $1200. Is there any other options available like a turbo upgrade?
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Reply By: muddy1 - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 21:14

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 21:14
Had a similar experience myself with oil in the hose but there has been no problem with the turbo to date. I would think they have been generally reliable in the Rodeo. It might pay to wipe the intercooler hose clean from time to time but it seems some oil mist can gather there.
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Follow Up By: Mark & Jacqui - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 21:45

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 21:45
Thanks Muddy1 it seems everything souds ok.
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Reply By: Member - RobnJane(VIC) - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 21:15

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 21:15
Hi Mark and Jacqui,

Most/all turbo charged engines will have some oil evident in hose/piping on the clean air side of the turbo.

This will normally be more of a 'mist' that when let sit will form a trickle in any hose or piping removed.

Unless the engine has started using oil, or has performance issues, ie drop in power, higher fuel consumption then I suggest what you see is normal.

Some people also modify the engine breather so it is routed way from the inlet, and this can help reduce the total amount of oil evident, however this then means the vehicle is no longer compliant to emissions requirements.

If everything else seems normal I would leave it as is.

A turbo should live the life of the engine, if maintained (scheduled engine oil & filter servicing and good start up and shut down practices) and operated properly.

These are general comments only as I don't have specific Rodeo experience, however unless someone advises of a series issue the above may be useful to you.



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Follow Up By: Mark & Jacqui - Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 21:50

Thursday, Jul 22, 2010 at 21:50
Thanks RobnJane,
As I said in my post, I service the vehicle regularly. I believe my start up and shut down procedures are all good. It sounds like everything is normal.
Thanks again....
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Reply By: OREJAP - Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 00:33

Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 00:33
Hi Mark & Jacqui, I drove two Jackaroo 3 ltr diesels through the course of my employment with a Govt agency they were a 2001 & a 2003 models. I don;t know if they are the same motor or not but just watch any change in the temp of the motor I had these two vehicles just self destruct for no apparent reason. They were regularly serviced every 5,000km & the tappets done at 20,000km. They both expired at 25,000km & 37,000km. Apparently the only slight warning the motor was going to blow (according to a Izuzu mechanic is a fluctuation in the temp gauge possible weeks before "she blows" Sorry to be the bearer of bad advice but it's the truth. I thought the Jackaroo was a great vehicle especially the motor until those incidents. Regards
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Follow Up By: Isuzumu - Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 06:32

Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 06:32
They are different motors Jackaroo 4JX1 and the 2004 Rodeo 4JH1TC.
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Follow Up By: newhue - Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 06:33

Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 06:33
Jackaroos have a different donk to a Rodeo. The diesel in the Jackaroo has quite a reputation for not being the most reliable unfortunately.
The 3lt turbo in 03-06 Rodeo's is a reliable motor, particularly if serviced like you say Mark. I too have a Rodeo and believe the oil vapour is noting to be concerned about.
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 10:07

Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 10:07
The "engine" in the jackaroo was bullet proof.....but the injection system wasn't.....the only 4x4 to have caterpillar sourced type injectors that use engine oil pressure to operate them..

My Jack always had oil sitting in the bottom of the intercooler....maybe had more to do with the recirc hose feeding into the inlet rather than a turbo issue !!

Blocked off the EGR valve and it ran better and cleaner ..
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Follow Up By: Mark & Jacqui - Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 19:23

Friday, Jul 23, 2010 at 19:23
Thanks for all the input guys.....

Mark and Jacqui
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