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Old 07-10-2012, 10:11 AM   #1
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Default Boost leak tester - just IC pipe work or complete intake system?

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When I fit my built engine I want to make sure I have no boost leaks, I have made a boost leak tester and tested it to 25 psi and the tester holds pressure no problem.

I am happy testing the IC pipe work from the turbo outlet to the inlet manifold, but I have read on other car forums that they test the complete intake system by attaching the tester to the turbo inlet and pressurising the whole system slightly above your required boost PSI.

I was just wondering if anyone has done this and has any advice ie can this cause any damage to the turbo seals or anything else on the engine?

All advice appreciated......
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Entire stupid intake stupid.

From compressor inlet onwards

Also test to 50psi because ut is easier to hear leak and u will find future failure spots more easily.
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Thanks for the info........
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What do u want?
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What do u want?
Is that directed at me?
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No the persons msg got deleted. Scammer i believe.
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Oh OK, this full boost test has me baffled, surely all the compressed air will rush out of the open exhaust valves? I have tested the inlet pipe work from turbo outlet to TB and its holding 30psi so thats ok, but i really want to test the inlet manifold as well....Confused........

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Well there's a chance that you'll test on an overlap angle but from memory there isnt much on stock cams.
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Thanks for that, so get #1 cylinder at tdc before doing the test?
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What's the risk of 50 psi busting your i/c?
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unless you are going to run 30psi, why would you bother testing that high?
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unless you are going to run 30psi, why would you bother testing that high?
Far better to test at a higher pressure than you will be running, any potential issues will show.....
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Does anyone have an answer to this:

do you put #1 cylinder at tdc before doing the full intake boost leak test?

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I'd imagine a bit before or a bit after. At TDC the intake valve will be opening and exhaust valve closing.
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Cheers bud, appreciate the advice.....
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Does anyone have an answer to this:

do you put #1 cylinder at tdc before doing the full intake boost leak test?

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I'm 99% sure that you can't do a 'full-intake' boost test without unbolting the intake cam, since at least one cylinder is going to have the intake valves open regardless of where you have the crankshaft sitting.

Test IC pipes from the throttle body coupler to the compressor inlet. If you think you have an intake manifold leak, test it with ether, starting fluid, propane, or the smoke from a cigarette. All of that is way, way easier than opening the valve cover, unbolting a cam gear, and unbolting all the cam caps.
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Just seal the exhaust pipe with a banana.
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Right but the exhaust valve should be closed so it still wont leak.
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Look just hook the damn thing up

Forget all the valve tDC bullshiz.

Just pressurize the motherfukker and you will hear leaks. Yes air will go past valves but that is ok.

you will still find leaks.

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Right but the exhaust valve should be closed so it still wont leak.
Then you're just doing a leakdown test though, and unless his motor has perfect leakdown (doubt it) it defeats the entire purpose of a boost pipe test.
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