Fault Finder

There are three main reasons for turbo failure:-

Lack of lubricant

Ingestion of foreign objects

Contamination of lubricant

These problems must be addressed before the fitting of a replacement turbo.
All repairs carry a full 12-month warranty as with all new turbochargers.

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Technical Articles - Turbo Faults
Lewis Fairburn

Compressor Wheel – Major Impact Damage

Compressor Wheel – Major Impact Damage Here, you can see three compressor wheels with varying degrees of damage to the blades. This kind of damage is fairly common, and caused when a foreign object (like a stone or piece of metal) enters the compressor on the air inlet side. In cases where you find major

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Technical Articles - Turbo Faults
Lewis Fairburn

Compressor Wheel – Corrosion Damage

Compressor Wheel – Corrosion Damage This is a common problem with turbos that are attached to pieces of equipment that are stored outside, like marine turbos and those attached to outdoor generators. The problem is that prolonged exposure to the elements and water causes a build up of corrosive materials (and rust). Apart from causing

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Technical Articles - Turbo Faults
Lewis Fairburn

Compressor Wheel – Minor Impact Damage

Compressor Wheel – Minor Impact Damage This example illustrates the damage that can be caused by inadequate or faulty air filtration. It’s a common problem and in these examples, small pieces of dust, dirt and grit have been able to enter the turbos on the air inlet side. Over time, these particles have begun to

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Seal Plate Damage – Corrosion 1
Technical Articles - Turbo Faults
Lewis Fairburn

Seal Plate Damage – Corrosion

Seal Plate Damage – Corrosion In this image, you can see a seal plate with the tell-tale signs of corrosion damage. On a new, undamaged back plate, the surface would be smooth, but here, corrosion has caused the face of the seal to become pitted, worn and roughened. This kind of problem is fairly common

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Technical Articles - Turbo Faults
Lewis Fairburn

Seal Plate Damage – Excessive Play in Bearings

Seal Plate Damage – Excessive Play in Bearings Here, the seal plate has been damaged by excessive play in the journal bearings (also known as thrust bearings). On the face of the plate, you can clearly see that the bore has been chewed and worn down by the bearings. On the rear of the plate,

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Technical Articles - Turbo Faults
Lewis Fairburn

Seal Plate Damage – Excessive Wear of Bearings

Seal Plate Damage – Excessive Wear of Bearings If the thrust or journal bearings become excessively worn, then they can cause damage to the seal plates like in the example pictured here. When bearings become worn, this allows the rotor assembly to float on its axis. In turn, this allows the back face of the

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