View Thread: Turbo Tips


A-Tech
For all you turbocharger fans out there...

you all love the the little bastards, I know you do, but think about this. Your turbo spins up to about 100,000 rpms... now, everytime you start your car up, do you ever sit around and wait for the engine to build up oil pressure before taking off? If not, then do it, 30 seconds is all it takes everytime you start your car and you can be saving your turbos driveshaft bearing alot of wear. If you get that thing spinning without lubrication is creates alot of wear. Now, when you park your car, do not just shut it off and get out. Sit there and idle for 30 seconds or so also, because when you shut your car off, that turbo doesnt stop spinning, it will sit there and spin for a good minute or two, might as well let it have lubrication and cooling from the oil while it does that. Most turbo wear occurs because of this.

Sorry for the bad grammar and rambling but I figured I could contribute somehow.

SLP Addict
Think about just doing that can save u 2-5k so u dont have to raplce the turbo....................

mustangdriver
Interesting! I'll let my wife know that she should do that to reduce wear.

87 Supra Turbo
PD, you should check with VW to see if there is any way you can install a turbo timer without voiding your warranty. Save ya the wear when you just don't have the time to sit with the car while the turbo spins down.

SLP Addict
I think it would be best just to sit with it, or if you live in a nieghberhood thats nice, just go inside leave ur car running, check ur phone calls, and then go turn it off.

911GT2
I personally wouldn't do that no matter where I lived.

Rotary Boy
and then god said, let their be turbo timers.
and it was good.

Sia Bani
Originally posted by Rotary Boy
and then god said, let their be turbo timers.
and it was good.

exactly! Turbo timers and my compustar remote start alarm are the best combo! I let my N/A baby warm up before I take it out, so you turbocharged abusers should too.

87 Supra Turbo
Frankly anybody who doesn't let their car warm up a bit before taking off are :crazy: and they should be :behead: then I would be :clap:

A-Tech
actually, I do not think a turbo timer would matter at all. I do not have one, but dont those measure boost? not the rpm of the shaft. It can be making no boost and still spinning at 20,000 rpms or so. Still follow my tips if possible.

911GT2
Originally posted by A-Tech
actually, I do not think a turbo timer would matter at all. I do not have one, but dont those measure boost? not the rpm of the shaft. It can be making no boost and still spinning at 20,000 rpms or so. Still follow my tips if possible.

A boost gauge measures boost. A turbo timer keeps your engine running for a little while to let oil flow through your turbo and cool it down. If oil is left in a hot turbo, it will bake.

A-Tech
ahhh ok. But if a turbo runs with no oil... it gets baked itself.

Sia Bani
Originally posted by A-Tech
ahhh ok. But if a turbo runs with no oil... it gets baked itself.

you're not understanding. Basically it could be called, "timer for your engine to run an extra 2 mins while you lock the doors and go about your business." but instead, it's called a turbo timer because of its purpose and it definately sounds cooler.

Your car is on, you're not there, it turns off after a given amount of time.

A-Tech
no no, I got it. But he said that hot oil is bad, and I said that a hot spinning shaft is bad too....

Sia Bani
Originally posted by A-Tech
no no, I got it. But he said that hot oil is bad, and I said that a hot spinning shaft is bad too....

haha :confused:

A-Tech
oooh well, conversation over! =)

Sia Bani
Originally posted by A-Tech
oooh well, conversation over! =)

well, your fault! :flame:

SLP Addict
:confused: ummmmm ok

911GT2
Originally posted by A-Tech
no no, I got it. But he said that hot oil is bad, and I said that a hot spinning shaft is bad too....

And without a replenishing oil supply, the oil cooling the turbo will bake and cause horrible carbon deposits.

Les /Vipers Rule
It is not a good thing to let a car warm up for too long before you drive it. This is especially troublsome if its cool and damp. Obviously in the winter you will let it run for a minute or so longer, but all modern cars are designed to get up to proper pressure in about a minute or two. Then it is better for you to apply a load on the car easily for a few minutes. Thus allows all parts of the car including the drive train etc. to warm up more evenly.

But you should let the car idle for about a 1/2 minute with a turbo, if it has reached a hot operating temp. This will reduce the oil on the bearings from coking on the turbo due to its high heat and extend the life of it.

Finally turbo cars should have their oil changed quite often and use a good oil filter.