As we drastically had lost power and torque over the last two month, we checked the turbo and the air filter system frequently. We found two urgent problems: first a broken intake gasket and second critical development of damage and oiling to the impeller. We decided to replace the turbo to avoid further critical damage.
As we know from Mathias (Trac&Mog) the turbo of heavy Sprinter 519 tends to die when the milage is over 150 thousand Km, in our case it is 182 thousand, so no real surprise!
As we could not get the spare turbo in South Africa, we needed to import all necessary spares from Europe, thanks to the massive support of Mathias of Trac & Mog in Austria. This time the shipment using DHL Express was very accurate and the spares arrived ahead of schedule in Pretoria.
Again Lionel from LAS provided us immediate and perfect support in changing the turbo. It was about two days of concentrated work, the hardest part was to dismantle the old turbo from the engine.
Now we are on the road again, the engine feels very good. Power and torque is perfect and the engine runs smooth. On Monday we will do a final check and some other minor adoptions on the camper, then we are off in direction of Mozambique!