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Maintenance, replacement and repairs for your turbo

Submitted by SamuelArthur
Wed, 3 Apr 2013

It is important to ensure that your turbo charger is in good nick so there are various steps you can take to check this. Turbo chargers can be found in many cars and while they offer improved performance, they do need to be well looked after. A turbocharger lubricated regularly with clean oil at engine pressure can have a long life without any visible signs of wear on the bearing journals. However, if no oil is supplied to it, or dirty oil, even for a brief period of time, the unit will have a shorter life.

A common problem with turbochargers is that oil passes by the oil ring seals which can create a cloud of blue smoke which comes from the exhaust. This is because the only route for the oil is to dump it into the exhaust because the oil drain inside the unit could be plugged up with coke and burnt oil deposits. It is vital to drain away oil from the turbo faster than oil is being fed into it.

A good way to prevent this is to maintain your vehicle by changing the oil every 3,000 miles and letting the turbo cool after heavy driving conditions. Otherwise you may get this oil leak and you will need to check your turbo or even repair or replace it. There are many services out there which can help you replace or repair your unit or you can do so yourself as long as you have some mechanical skills.

If you wish to do it yourself you will need to remove the turbo charger from the manifold and place it in clean space to work on it. You will need to clean all the parts once you have removed them and this will pay off in the long run especially if you use fine grit. You will need to rinse and clean all parts thoroughly and then soak them.

If you are doing your own turbocharger repairs you will need to follow instructions very carefully but you can get them online or with turbo repair kits. Alternatively you can go into a garage for turbo replacement. Actually repairing or rebuilding a turbocharger need not be a huge hassle and it can be done in an afternoon, so you need not worry about it. You can also find out about suppliers who can offer kits or help you find somewhere to repair it by looking in ‘Turbo' magazine or any similar guide.

Turbocharger repairs are vital to ensure that your vehicle has a long life overall and you can also keep costs down by being in the know about what parts and tools you will need. This is especially helpful when buying kits as sometimes these will include parts you won't use but still cost you more. Once you have tried to repair your turbo yourself and done what you can you can then think about turbo replacement if your turbo has suffered some serious damage.


As industry experts in turbochargers, Midland Turbo offer turbocharger repairs and replacement under the guidance of highly trained and experienced staff. You can visit their website to buy your new turbo.

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