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What to Do If You Have a Turbocharger Failure in Your Car


What to Do If You Have a Turbocharger Failure in Your Car

Cars equipped with turbochargers benefit from increased power and efficiency, but what happens when the turbocharger fails? In this guide, we will walk through the symptoms of a turbocharger failure, what you should do when it occurs, and tips to prevent future issues.

Signs of a Turbocharger Failure

Detail the various signs that might indicate a turbocharger is failing, such as reduced engine power, increased oil consumption, excessive exhaust smoke, and a loud whining noise from the engine.

Immediate Steps to Take

1. Don’t Ignore the Warning Signs

Explain the importance of not ignoring the warning signs and seeking professional help to avoid further damage.

2. Reduce Speed and Load

Advise the reader to reduce the speed and avoid heavy loads to lessen the strain on the engine.

3. Check for Oil Leaks

Detail how to inspect for oil leaks as they are a common cause of turbo failure.

4. Don’t Force the Engine

Advise against revving or pushing the engine hard when signs of a turbo failure are noticed.

Assessing the Damage

Explain the steps to assess the damage. Suggest consulting a professional mechanic who can conduct a comprehensive diagnosis of the turbo system.

Turbocharger Repair or Replacement Options

1. Repairing the Turbocharger

Discuss the option of repairing the turbocharger, and under what conditions this might be recommended.

2. Replacing the Turbocharger

Detail the process of replacing the turbocharger, why it might be necessary, and what it typically involves and costs.

Preventing Future Turbocharger Failure

Share tips and suggestions for maintaining the turbocharger to prevent future failures, such as regular oil changes, using the right type of oil, and allowing the car to warm up before driving hard.


Summarize the key points of the article, reiterating the importance of recognizing the signs of a turbocharger failure, taking immediate action, and consulting with a professional.

FAQ Section (Optional)

Consider adding a Frequently Asked Questions section at the end of the blog post to address common queries readers may have, such as “How much does it cost to replace a turbocharger?” or “Can I drive my car with a failing turbocharger?”

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