A turbocharger, commonly known as turbo, is designed to make your vehicle more powerful by forcing air into its combustion chamber. Installing this component in your car will improve its performance as well as speed. However, just like any other component in your car, the turbo may pick up a problem or two down the line. Your turbo may fail due to a number of reasons including debris build-up, carbon deposits, cracks and faulty seals, and even the normal wear and tear. It's imperative to know when your turbo starts failing so you can plan for the necessary repairs and avoid high expenses. Here are the warning signs that your turbo is failing.
The primary function of the turbo is to improve the power of your car. Therefore, lack of overall power is the first obvious sign that something is wrong with it. There are a lot of things to watch out for when it comes to sluggish performance. First, you may notice that the car isn't accelerating as fast as it usually does. It may also struggle to reach its top speed, or it won't reach that speed at all. Also, your car may be slow to respond. Have a mechanic check the turbo as soon as possible. If you ignore the problem, you may soon end up with hardly any acceleration at all. That's why acting quickly is crucial.
A Smoking Exhaust
Excessive and irregular smoke from your exhaust is another indicator that you could be dealing with a problematic turbo. In most cases, the smoke will be caused by a crack in your turbo housing that may result in oil leaking into your exhaust system and producing not only excessive but also irregular gases. The smoke could be blue or grey in colour, so watch out for that.
Increased Consumption of Oil
If you are finding yourself having to refill oil more than the usual, the most possible culprit would be an oil leak. An oil leak can be a sign of a range of other problems one of which is a failing turbo. The turbo needs oil to function properly and if it starts leaking probably due to a crack in the housing or seal, your car's oil consumption will increase. Even if the turbo is not the problem, you still need to take the car to an auto shop for the real problem to be identified and fixed.
For more information, contact your local car service.
Welcome to my little road on the web. I'm Sara Rowley and I'm simply crazy about motor vehicles and driving! I have taken my family of four boys all the way from Townsville to the Cape. We also followed the path of Burke and Wills to the Dig Tree. Of course, I've garnered a little bit of knowledge about vehicles and how they operate. There aren't many mechanics on the Strzelecki Track! However, I mostly avoid problems by getting advice from experts and finding the best maintenance services to keep my vehicles in tip-top shape. Consequently, my friends and family are always picking my brain about where to go when they want to buy a new vehicle or get repair work done. I thought it would be useful to keep this blog so that everyone who loves motor vehicles can share their joy and knowledge.