Hello MarkHi Peter, Mark here we met at Ravenshoe CP a few weeks back, hows the trip going?
Hello Snerlo,Hi Peter,
I actually had this issue with one of my turbo actuator arms a couple of months ago. In my favour though was the fact that the arm had dropped onto the underbody plastic shield and hadn't vibrated off, luckily. It was found because I noticed that all of a sudden when you put your foot down it was like stuttering until it got up to around 3k revs per minute. Luckily I was only a couple of days out from a service which is where they found it. I drove around for about a month following the service while my mechanic searched to find a solution to the little split pins which had obviously dropped off or rusted off or whatever. As long as I was on light throttle duties it wasn't going to hurt the car. After about a month of trying my mechanic actually had me come back in and they managed to use something to sort of manufacture a split pin solution. I was advised that had I lost that actuator arm, I was going to be up for a new turbo because they don't seem to just sell the arm as a part, so I am really hoping for your sake that VW Australia come to the party and assist you. Please let me know how you get on.
Thanks SnerloOK mate. No worries. Hope you have some luck. The problem with them though is that they have two very slight bends in them. They are not perfectly straight. Not sure if that makes a difference or not as I am far from an expert on them.
I did hear that the V10's had a similar problem and that there was a replacement part and new clips but from what I was led to believe, it was different from our V8's.