Should you repair or buy a new turbo

A turbocharger enhances the power of your car as well as its overall efficiency. Because of various environmental issues, big engine cars are now being substituted with smaller turbocharged engines. 

Your vehicle will not necessarily have a single turbocharger. Many high-performance cars now use two or multiple turbochargers.

There is no doubt that turbochargers increase the performance of your car. However, you must watch out for some common problems with your turbocharger so that you can resolve this before making the choice to buy a new one or have it repaired.

Some of the problems you should watch out for in your turbocharger include:

  • Poor acceleration

  • Lack of power

  • Loud siren type noise

  • Increased oil consumption

  • Excessive exhaust smoke

When you discover any of these problems with your turbocharger, the first step is to have the cause of the problem examined by a specialist. This will tell you whether to buy a new one or to repair the current turbocharger.

Some of the common reasons a turbocharger develops faults include:

  • Heavy usage

  • Old age (wear and tear)

  • Poor oil quality leading to carbon deposits

  • Cracked or poor seals

  • Leaking pipes

  • Not allowing the turbo cool down before switching off the engine

  • External substances entering the turbo

Whether to repair a turbo or to buy a new one is sometimes a tough decision to make. With a proper diagnosis of the nature of the problem your turbo is having, you can easily make up your mind.

In most cases, a turbocharger can be repaired, unless the outer housings are damaged. It is important that you get a warranty in case the turbo fails again.

When it comes to the fitting of a turbo charger, you should use the service of a professional turbo centre such as Turbo Care, where they back all turbocharger repair-work with a warranty.

Balancing your turbo correctly is critical in the proper functioning of it. If not done correctly you might need to replace your turbo sooner than expected.

Always remember that if you need to repair your turbocharger, you should take it to a turbo specialist who will dismantle it. They will examine individual parts such as the turbine-wheel-and shaft, the compressor wheel, bearings, bearing-housing, compressor housing, and turbine housing. This is important to find the reason your turbo is not performing. The worn parts will be replaced by the turbo specialist and your turbocharger will be as good as new.


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