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Top 3 Ways To Keep Your Turbocharged Cars On The Road Longer

Top 3 Ways To Keep Your Turbocharged Cars On The Road Longer
Turbochargers, many people have heard of them, but not many people can explain them. There are many different sizes and shapes of turbo-chargers, but there purpose will remain the same - to bring more air into the engine. The best way to think of a turbo is like a big fan, but instead of blowing air it consumes air and squeezes it into the engine. A turbocharger is also much different from a fan in that it is made almost entirely of metal and spins usually between 100,000 and 200,000 RPM's. Turbochargers constantly have fresh oil running to them to keep them lubricated and cool. Having a colder turbo means less wear on the moving parts and in turn means higher longevity and lesser loss of performance over use. There are several simple things to do to ensure a happy life for a turbocharger.
1. The number one thing you can do to keep your turbo running a long time is change the oil. If you change the oil sooner than recommend and use some of the premium oils, it will keep the turbochargers lubricated and cool, which is key.
2. Another good idea is a "blow off valve" or recirculation valve; some cars come standard with them some do not. Even if they come standard its smart to purchase an aftermarket one if you are planning to modify your car for more power. What these valves do is prevent turbo surge. Turbo surge is what happens when the throttle is closed and the turbochargers are still boosting. Something that is spinning as fast as a turbo cannot stop and start instantly every time the throttle opens and closes. So what happens if you do not have some kind of venting valve? The air created by the turbo will hit the closed throttle and turn around and start coming back where it came from which is very bad on your turbo and will almost confuse it between shifts. With a recirculation or blow off valve, it will vent the unused boost without damaging the turbo.
3. One of the easiest ways for you to increase the life of your turbo is letting your automobile warm up before you drive it and cool down before you shut it off. If you are wondering why it's important for you to let the car warm up. When oil is cold, it's very heavy and thick, and will not lubricate like its designed to which is never a good thing when something is moving as fast as a turbo. Are you wondering why you should let the engine cool down before you turn it off? Think of your oven. Let us say you just turned off the oven because you were baking something, just because the oven is now off does not mean its OK to reach in and grab the racks. It is going to stay extremely hot for a while, and it is the same with your turbochargers. If you just shut off your motor what is going to happen is the oil circulation is going to stop and your turbo is still extremely hot and the oil left in there is just going to sit and boil and bake which is extremely hard on your turbo. If you do not like sitting in your car waiting for it to cool down, it will keep your car running until the desired temperature is reached then it will shut itself down.

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