Car Turbos, Dorking, Surrey

What is a turbocharger?

A turbocharger is a turbine-driven induction device that is designed to increase an engines efficiency and power output put forcing more air into the engine. The turbo charger draws in outside air, compressing it, before sending it through a component known as the intake manifold at great pressure.

So what does this mean? 

Essentially what this means is that more air can be passed in to the engine. And with the correct mixture of injected fuel, create more power. Most modern diesel vehicles are fitted with turbo chargers as standard, and most high performance petrol vehicles will be equip with a turbocharger to increases engine power output. In recent years, manufacturers have been fitting their lower capacity engines with turbochargers as a way of increasing power output without changing the size of the engine and without affecting fuel consumption, making them appealing to younger, first time drivers as a cheaper way of insuring a vehicle.

What happens when my turbo goes wrong?

There are a few noticeable signs that your vehicle’s turbo has or is going wrong. There issues are mainly performance related but there are a few to listen out for. These include:

  • Sudden loss of power
  • Lack of acceleration
  • Vehicle burning excessive oil
  • Excessive exhaust smoke (usually darker in colour)
  • Engine management warning light
  • Loud whining noise whilst driving

Why is my turbo faulty?

There is a number of things that can cause issues with a turbocharger. Most commonly, age, wear and tear and mileage will play a part. This is because for every second your vehicle is switched on, the turbo charger is working, albeit quietly until accelerating. Typically, a turbocharger will perform without fault for anything between 100,000 and 150,000 miles. Although there has been many occurences of a fault arising prematurely. Other causes of turbocharger issues are:

  • Carbon deposits within the engine
  • Cracks in the turbocharger shell
  • Propellor failure
  • Failing/worn out/leaking seals

If the turbocharger were to fail whilst driving, the vehicle would drop in to ‘limp mode’, dramatically reducing the vehicle’s power output, as well as bringing on the vehicle engine management light.

Why use Tutts of Dorking?

At Tutts, we have the advantage of having both fully trained, experienced technicians, as well as modern intelligent equipment designed to aid and complete repairs on vehicles to the highest of standards. Our fair price promise will also add the advantage of knowing you will always be paying the best price for any maintenance or repairs your vehicle may need. Don’t hesitate to contact us today. We are always ready to help.

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