Got a dirty or sticking Turbo? Sticky turbo vanes? Want to avoid replacing your turbocharger?
Our diagnosis and 3-step engine carbon cleaning is your best option!
Why does it get clogged up? Turbochargers are used to increase engine efficiency and performance. Using exhaust gases to spin a centrifugal compressor the turbocharger compresses and forces more air into the engines combustion chambers than would be achieved in a naturally aspirated engine i.e. at atmospheric pressure. This is known as forced induction. Unfortunately, these exhaust gases that are used to power the turbo are dirty and hot so over many thousands of miles carbon builds up is a natural occurrence causing the turbo to over / under boost and the vanes to stick.
This leads to symptoms such as poor engine performance, lowered fuel efficiency, engine management warning lights and the limp-home-mode being activated (restricted performance), lowered fuel economy and rough idling. We have a great wealth of knowledge and specialise in the diagnostics and cleaning of the turbo. This includes live data analysis using dealer level diagnostics equipment that we include in all our turbo cleaning services.
How do we clean the Turbo? Firstly we’ll use our dealer level diagnostics equipment to assess the engine management error codes and complete live data analysis. Then assuming the vehicle is fit for cleaning we use a 3-stage carbon cleaning system that includes our world-leading Hydrogen carbon cleaning and our unique chemicals. This means in the majority of instances there is no requirement to remove the turbo for cleaning or reconditioning and assuming it’s just clogged up / dirty this should resolve the issue. On completion of the job, which takes approximately 45-60 minutes, we’ll reassess the engine management system and reset any fault codes.
Other issues reasons a Turbo may not be operating correctly
- Unspent fuel and poor fuel atomisation leads to clogging of the exhaust, especially the DPF or Catalytic Converter. This leads to negative pressure on the turbocharger causing loss of performance and power. As this problem manifests it can lead to noisy and unbalanced turbochargers which will shorten their lifespan as well as white exhaust smoke and a high oil consumption.
- Splits in hoses that carry the compressed air from the turbo into the engine have a split or disconnected hose that causes a turbo boost leak.
Extend the Turbocharger lifespan
Just like all moving engine components, the turbo is lubricated by oil so first and foremost it’s critical that the manufactures recommended oil changes, using the correct oil grade, are adhered too.
It’s important to understand oil only works well as a lubricant when it’s up to operational temperature (usually between 190 and 200 Fahrenheit) so warm the engine up before hard acceleration will reduce wear and tear.
Don’t turn the engine off immediately after it’s been driven hard. Doing so will over a period of time cook the oil, this thickens it into a ‘sludge’ which would then clog all the oil channels leading to excessive wear on the turbo bearings. We recommend leaving the engine to run idle for a minute or two at the end of each journey. It sounds obvious but using the correct gear selection to reduce the workload placed on the turbo.
Cleaning your Turbo
There are numerous ways to clean or replace the turbo with varying prices.
The costliest option is a set of a completely new replacement part. Most mechanics will recommend this – Why? It’s generally their only solution. The price of a new turbo will vary dependant on brand and type but on average expect to be quoted anywhere between £500 and £1,500. An alternative to this is a reconditioned turbo which can be as much as half the price of a new one.
Then there’s our service, the most cost-efficient option, we’ll even clean your full air side of the engine at the same time!
Preventative cleaning starts from as little as £89.99 (for a car)
If your vehicle has a turbo related issue and therefore requires further assistance to resolve the problem there is no better alternative than a skilled UKCC technician supplying our 3 or 4-stage carbon cleaning services.
From just £149.99 (for a car). The advantages are:-
- Our Mobile Carbon Cleaning Technicians come to you
- Potentially no expensive parts
- No disassembly is required, therefore no expensive labour
- Completed in an average of 45-60 minutes so no requirement to leave your vehicle with a garage for days on end
- We are fully insured to complete this service at the roadside or wherever your vehicle is located
If you require further information please visit our Carbon Cleaning FAQ’s section, contact your local technician or our HQ team on 01293 769495 to discuss your requirements, or use the inquiry form below and we’ll get back to you at your convenience.
Click on the following links to view our other engine cleaning services – Carbon Cleaning | DPF | EGR Valve | Oxygen Sensor | Intake Valves | Spark Plugs | Catalytic Converter | Intake Manifold and Swirl Flaps | Fuel Injectors | Smoky Exhausts