HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR TURBO

Car (South Africa) - - TECH -

Al­ways ser­vice your en­gine ac­cord­ing to the ser­vice sched­ule, pay­ing spe­cial at­ten­tion to the spec­i­fi­ca­tion of oil. Fix en­gine prob­lems im­me­di­ately, in­clud­ing in­take and boost leaks. As good prac­tice (al­though not strictly needed with modern wa­ter­cooled tur­bos sup­plied by elec­tric wa­ter pumps), let the en­gine idle for a minute af­ter hard driv­ing. When a turbo fails, find the root cause be­fore re­plac­ing the unit. Re­quest the turbo oil-feed pipes to be re­placed when a turbo change is re­quired (or af­ter 100 000 km), as a coked sup­ply line has the same ef­fect as choles­terol to ar­ter­ies. Never dry-start a new turbo. En­sure the proper lu­bri­ca­tion pro­ce­dures are fol­lowed when a new turbo is in­stalled.

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