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How to extend your turbo lifetime

Regular Oil Maintenance

Any car owner knows that engine oil is crucial for preserving the car’s integrity. Turbos are no 

different. The engine is made up of multiple components to power the vehicle at incredibly high 

speeds. The engine block along with the turbocharger processes heat and pressure in forced 

induction to achieve a constant flow throughout the turbine fan. Use high-quality synthetic engine 

oil to ensure these parts are properly lubricated throughout the engine block. Ultimately, you need 

engine oil for your turbocharger. Check if yours has an oil reservoir built into it to circulate oil 

throughout the device. Otherwise, use high-quality synthetic oil and change it every 5,000 miles 

or based on the recommendation in your owner’s manual.

Warm Up the Car Before Driving

Another turbo preventative tip is to warm up your car before driving. Since the turbo connects 

to the engine which then powers the vehicle, you must warm it up, especially in cold climates. 

This is because engine oil thickens when in cold temperatures. It won’t flow freely around the 

engine bay, and thus it won’t lubricate each component thoroughly, causing wear and tear. 

When warm, this oil thins and lubricates each engine part. Fortunately, it does not take long 

for the engine oil to warp up and thin out. After you start your car, sit idly for approximately 

ten to fifteen minutes. This should warm the engine oil enough to circulate throughout the 

system. Drive cautiously for the first ten minutes. You’ll limit the strain you put on the oil 

pump and prevent wear on the turbo system. You should also wait a few minutes before 

going full throttle, as this allows the turbo to reach its optimal internal temperature.

Cool Down After Driving

The same idea holds true for after your drive. Many people fail at this, but simply allowing

your car engine to cool post-drive can preserve your turbocharger. Turbos produce a lot of 

heat given their purpose as a forced air induction combustion chamber. This can cause 

residual heat to boil the oil pan and build up carbon particles. Corrosion and premature 

engine wear are at risk, along with future trips to the mechanic. Start to get into the habit 

of sitting idly as your car engine cools for a few minutes. This should cool the turbo 

sufficiently enough so you can turn off the car and avoid boiling the engine oil.

Treat Boost Gauges Cautiously

Something many car owners can do to make their turbocharger last longer is be cautious 

with the boost gauges. Boost gauges indicate manifold air pressure and boost pressure in 

the internal combustion engine. Turbos are engine-driven air compressors that provide 

various degrees of boost to the engine. The boost gauges indicate a power band within

 the range of boost pressure that aids in the driving performance. With that, boost gauges

 also show any excessive pressure not generated when modified, based on either OEM

 or aftermarket standards.

Today, turbocharged engines rely on serious performance tests. They sustain their 

performance for an extended duration and length without difficulty. When checking 

your boost gauge, be wary not to overshoot your turbo’s capacity. While it can reach

 record acceleration, this also stresses the turbo and engine altogether. Keeping a

 moderate acceleration and speed throughout your drive will help extend the turbo’s 


Switch to a Lower Gear

Alternatively, try switching to a lower gear for greater fuel efficiency. Assuming you

 can control the gear shaft of your vehicle, you can spare the turbo all the work 

when switching to a lower gear like with a manual transmission. Lower gears

 reduce the number of times you need to maximize boost pressure. They also

 reduce the stress on your engine’s power band. Specifically, this is the number 

of revolutions per minute where it’s most efficient. Lower gears increase the

 longitude of the power band and allow greater performance for a longer drive

Less stress on the engine further ensures less throttle than would typically be 


Perform Your Own Repairs

Finally, turbo repairs may be inevitable, but you can save yourself time and 

money if you do the repairs yourself. These relate to the crankcase ventilation, 

intake and exhaust restriction, and compressor surge. With crankcase ventilation,

 oil returns to the crankcase where excess pressure can affect the aerated oil. 

Excess pressure may impede proper drainage, thus causing issues. Likewise, 

the intake and exhaust restrictions can change. The greater the heat on the turbo,

 the greater the chance of failure that can arise. Running a less restrictive intake 

can help reduce this wear and save you money on long-term maintenance.

 Don’t neglect the compressor surge, as this can also ruin your turbocharger. 

This valve can malfunction, thus prohibiting proper air compression. Once this 

happens, pressure forces much stress on the compressor wheel and causes

 further stress on the turbo’s components. If needed, disassemble and rebuild

 your turbocharger from scratch. Clean every inside and outside housing diameter,

 exhaust housings, and any other components you suspect of malfunctioning, 

replacing them as needed.

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