You’ve finally saved enough for that new sweet ride. It’s beautiful, comfortable, and turbocharged, so you know it goes hard. Or maybe you’ve added a turbo kit to your current car because you wanted her to have a little more get up and go. Either way, congratulations! Turbos are great fun and a wonderful addition to any car (we’re not biased or anything, but since you’re already here, we’ll presume you agree).
Unfortunately, they’re not indestructible, so you do need to take extra care of your investment if you want to keep her happy and have optimal performance for years to come. That’s why we’ve put together this list to help you avoid unnecessary issues.
Mistake 1: Going Without Proper Protection
You’ve probably already been told that there are certain things a turbo MUST have, even though they’re technically optional. A blow off valve is one of these items. While it may seem odd to have an aftermarket part as a requirement, ensuring you have the best blow off valve fitted to your turbo can save you a lot of time, money, and pain. These nifty valves provide protection for your turbo and engine by releasing excess pressure from your system, so going without is very much a “proceed at your own risk” operation.
Mistake 2: Pinching Pennies On Fuel
Most turbocharged vehicles recommend a higher RON fuel than standard unleaded – make sure you adhere to this. Your engine is designed for the higher rating not just because the manufacturer wants you to spend more at the bowser, but because running a lower quality fuel than what is recommended can cause a whole host of issues, especially in a turbocharged vehicle.
Mistake 3: Running Cold
Although we’ve all been guilty of taking off as soon as we turn the key at some point or another, most manufacturers recommend that you give your car time to reach a suitable temperature before hooking drive and taking off. Cold oil isn’t great for the performance or lifespan of your engine, and it isn’t very good for your turbo either. You can do some pretty nasty damage if you try to pull too much power before your car is warmed up, so it’s always best to let her sit for a bit, or at the very least, avoid putting your foot down until she’s reached a suitable temperature.
Mistake 4: Attempting Your Own Maintenance
Servicing your own car and components may seem like a good money-saving idea at the time, but unless you’re qualified, there’s a high chance that what you save will turn into debt pretty quickly. Cars – especially high-powered ones with modified systems – require things to be done a certain way, and something as simple as bumping a sensor can cause performance issues or even disable your vehicle depending on how important that tiny piece of plastic is to your car’s computer. Sure, you might be able to change the oil and air filter, but is it really worth messing with your turbo for what’s probably going to be a negligible saving anyway? Stick to the basics when tinkering with your car, and let the professionals handle the rest.
If your car is turbocharged, it’s safe to assume that she’s also your pride and joy. Staying far away from the mistakes in this article will help you keep her happily running in top shape for years to come, saving you a ton of stress in the process.