The more time you drive your automobile with a bad turbo, the more harm it will do to the engine. Your turbocharger repair will also be more expensive than it should be as a result of this. Although you can drive with a blown turbo, it is much better to stop driving it and bring it to us to get the turbo fixed or replaced. The longer a blown turbo is left unattended, the more harm it does to the car’s engine.
How do I know if my diesel turbo is blown?
A turbocharger, commonly known as a turbo, is a sophisticated device that increases the power of an engine. Many automobile manufacturers now use turbos to give the same power seen in larger, more powerful cars while allowing consumers to enjoy the financial and environmental benefits that come with having a smaller engine, thanks to the implementation of UK emissions rules.
Turbos, despite being meant to last as long as the car, are susceptible to deterioration over time. Find out what causes turbo failure and what you can do about it in the sections below.
How does a turbo work?
Your engine generates power by combining fuel and air. Adding extra air to your engine is one of the simplest methods to boost its power while keeping your operating expenses low. Your turbo does this by spinning an air pump with the exhaust. This air pump forces more air into your engine’s cylinders, resulting in a significant increase in horsepower.
What causes turbo damage
- Engine oil is required for the effective operation of your turbo. A lack of oil, the incorrect grade of oil, or poor quality oil will cause carbon deposits and impurities to build up in the engine, causing abrasive damage to the turbo. To prevent this buildup, we recommend using a high-quality, 100% synthetic oil.
- The age and mileage of the vehicle. Although turbos are built to last the life of the vehicle, they do have the potential to wear down over time. This could be due to the quality of the turbo that was initially installed, or it could be due to how hard you drive the car.
- Seals that are cracked or worn out. Oil will seep into the exhaust system due to damaged seals between the compressor and the engine, forcing the turbo to work harder to increase air pressure.
What to do if you have a blown turbo
If you suspect you have a blown turbo, have it checked out by a trained technician as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more harm will be done, and the cost of repairing the problem will increase.
We provide a Diagnostic Check for £49.99 at Halfords Autocentres. To diagnose and advise on any necessary repairs, our ATA-trained specialists use state-of-the-art automotive diagnostic test equipment. If your turbo needs to be replaced, you will be given a detailed quotation before any extra work is done. After that, our crew will install the proper Original Equipment (OE) turbo for your car.
What happens when a diesel turbo fails?
When a turbo breaks, the oil seals on the rotor shaft are frequently the first to fail. This draws engine oil into the inlet tract, allowing the engine to run on its own oil.
What does a bad turbo sound like on a diesel?
Loud noises: If your vehicle’s turbo is malfunctioning, you may hear whining or screeching noises. So, if your car is running and you hear a loud whining sound that gets louder as the problem persists, you’re most certainly dealing with a turbo problem.
Can you still drive a car if the turbo goes out?
My 2009 Audi A4’s turbocharger stopped operating. Is the car capable of functioning without it, and is it being harmed as a result of being driven? Gabriella
Your turbocharger is a turbine/fan device that is powered by the exhaust gases from the engine and is designed to increase the pressure of incoming air into the engine. “Forced induction” refers to the employment of a pressure boost to improve engine efficiency and power output. The most basic failure of a turbocharger is an air leak, which prevents pressure from increasing, or a malfunctioning waste gate actuator, which is part of the control system and can create an under- or over-boost state.
The vehicle will still run without an effective turbocharger, but it will perform poorly, and your decision could have serious consequences.
Complete failure is likely if the fault is with the oil supply or internal components. As it fails, the engine will inadvertently consume all of the shards of the explosive event, resulting in a complete financial calamity.
On this one, you should err on the side of caution and fix the vehicle. This is one of those situations when it’s a good idea to shop around for the best deal.
Can a turbo be repaired?
Yes! Almost all turbocharger problems may be fixed in the right hands. It’s more vital to figure out what’s wrong with the turbocharger and how to fix it. Here are a handful of important repair recommendations to keep in mind when diagnosing turbocharger issues.
What happens if turbo is not working?
When a turbo fails, the parts usually end up in the intercooler, along with a lot of engine oil. Smaller fragments enter into the engine if it is not shut down soon, contaminating the engine once more with engine oil. The engine can literally “run away” on the spilt oil. A new turbo for a Capri costs between $500 and 600 dollars.