Turbo Failure: What Can I Do?
July 19, 2016 at 11:10 AM
Turbo failure can be alarming. Before you replace your turbo, however, know that the cause of turbo failure is nearly always elsewhere; in fact, less than one percent of turbo failures are due to a manufacturing problem with the turbo itself.
Identifying and quickly correcting this can save you the time, hassle and financial expense of a complete turbo replacement.
TURBO FAILURE: WHAT CAN I DO?
In ninety percent of cases, turbo damage is oil related. This can mean anything from oil starvation to contamination or full-blown leaks. In most cases, using the right oil will treat your turbo, preventing failure and helping to maintain the smooth running of your vehicle.
To ensure a clean engine, always use fresh, high-quality oil. For engine specifics, consult your engine manufacturer. Oil checks should also form a part of your service checks. Carry these out at regular intervals; both too low and too high oil reserves can damage your turbo in various ways.
TURBO FAILURE: COMPLETE OUR DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST
If you experience turbo failure, the best course of action is to book a service from a professional garage. To find out for yourself whether your turbo has failed as a result of a faulty turbo or oil-related incidents, consult our diagnostic checklist:
NOTICEABLE SMOKE, OR UNUSUALLY HIGH OIL CONSUMPTION
- Check for blockages in air filter
- Check you’re using the recommended oil for your engine
- Check the condition of your hoses and joints
- If oil or carbon deposits are found in the exhaust manifold or turbine inlet, check the functionality of your lubrication system
- Check the condition of your air intake system
- Check the condition of your fuel injection system, including its adjustment
- Check the vehicle ECU is properly updated
- Check the condition of the exhaust system, catalyst, and DPF, ensuring they’re not blocked or damaged
- Check EGR valve is functioning properly
WHAT HAPPENS IF TURBO FAILURE CAUSES ARE NOT ELIMINATED?
Failure to eliminate the cause of your turbo failure can lead to lasting damage and broken turbochargers. Depending on the specifics of your turbo failure, your turbo can experience high friction, cracks, extreme wear, shutdowns and bearing damage. All of this will eventually require a costly turbo replacement.
Carefully assess the condition of your turbo to determine whether turbo failure is a result of damage, faulty parts or a simple oil-related issue. Turbo failure doesn’t have to be costly; by looking after your vehicle properly, you can help ensure a long-lived, functioning turbo.
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