Unsteady boost - Subaru WRX Forum
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post #1 of 1 Old 05-07-2013, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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Unsteady boost

I apologize if this is a topic that has been covered in huge detail, but I have no idea what to call this.

When I go WOT the turbo spools up but does not stay up. It varies from say ~15psi to ~9psi and back and forth. I can do it in 2nd through 5th gear (5 spd). I don't try to repeat this often but occasionally it will spike higher for a second. Should be running closer to 19psi.

hoses - no leaks
compressor side of turbo occasionally has a small amount of oil pooled up.

There are a lot of checks I need to do. This is my first turbo car.

I have:
2002 wrx 2.0l
grimmspeed boost control solenoid
AVP intercooler + blow off valve
Catless exhaust
has been tuned before
no recent changes.

May or may not be related but I do occasionally get a lean condition check engine light that comes on and off every once in a while. I have a wideband sensor in and, while the car does idle lean, it cruises at 14.7 and appears to have the proper startup enrichments. Also it tends to smell like a 2 stroke pretty often.

Thank you for reading this lengthy post. If you have any idea what this might be or be related to I could use a direction to search. Thanks again! ..any other info I'll gladly provide.
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