Turbo replacement do’s and don’ts

Replacing a car’s turbo can be a tricky job. Whether you’re replacing the turbo for an upgrade or you’re replacing it because the previous one has failed, there are a couple of do’s and don’ts to take note of. Follow these turbo replacement do’s and don’ts to ensure that the replacement is a smooth process

Turbo Replacement Do’s

  • Allow the engine to run until it is hot, then turn it off and drain the oil.

  • Get rid of the old oil filter and disconnect the oil feed pipe.

  • Unscrew the exhaust from the turbo.

  • Take out the old turbo, either through the top or bottom of the engine compartment.

  • Compare the old and new turbo to be sure they are the same.

  • Connect everything that you removed from the old turbo to the new turbo.

  • Drop some engine oil into the turbo oil compartment.

  • Fit a new oil filter.

  • Start the engine and then turn it off shortly after to check for leaks.

  • Leave the engine to idle until it reaches the right temperature.


Turbo Replacement Don’ts

  • If your turbo is problematic, do not start the replacement process until the issue is diagnosed.

  • If your turbo has failed and oil was found in the pipework, do not let the engine run until hot.

  • Do not install the incorrect turbo.

  • Do not reuse the old oil filter.

  • You must not start the turbo if it is not lubricated.

  • Don’t use the wrong oil.

  • Don’t rev your engine when checking the new turbo for leaks.

  • Do not leave your engine running for long when checking for leaks.

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