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.

Compressor Wheel – ‘Mouse & Nut’ Damage 1
Technical Articles - Turbo Faults
Lewis Fairburn

Compressor Wheel – ‘Mouse & Nut’ Damage

Compressor Wheel – ‘Mouse & Nut’ Damage You couldn’t make this one up. One of our customers had parked their car up for winter and during this time, some mice had taken refuge in the airbox. When the customer came to use the car again in the spring and started up the engine, some nuts

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Compressor Cover Damage – Scoring 1
Technical Articles - Turbo Faults
Lewis Fairburn

Compressor Cover Damage – Scoring

Compressor Cover Damage – Scoring This image illustrates scoring out of the compressor cover profile, and occurs when excessive wear and movement in either the thrust bearing or journal bearing (or both) causes excessive movement in the rotor. In turn, this causes the compressor wheel to rub against the compressor cover, scoring out the profile.

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Compressor Cover damage – Corrosion 1
Technical Articles - Turbo Faults
Lewis Fairburn

Compressor Cover damage – Corrosion

Compressor Cover damage – Corrosion In the image, you can see corrosion damage to the seal area and inlet of the compressor cover. This type of damage is extremely common with Porsche units as, with the turbos sited so low down on the vehicle, they catch all the road debris that gets flung up from

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Wastegate Actuator damage 1
Technical Articles - Turbo Faults
Lewis Fairburn

Wastegate Actuator damage

Wastegate Actuator damage Faulty or damaged actuators are the cause of many of the turbo problems we see at AET, but they can be easy to overlook. The wastegate actuator acts as a pressure relief valve, which ultimately controls the boost output of a turbocharger. It works by holding the wastegate shut until the required

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Compressor wheel damage – Overspeeding 1
Technical Articles - Turbo Faults
Lewis Fairburn

Compressor wheel damage – Overspeeding

Compressor wheel damage – Overspeeding In these images, you can see that the back of the compressor wheel has become rippled and pitted, which are early signs of damage caused by overspeeding. Overspeeding damage like this occurs when a vehicle’s engine causes the turbo to spin faster than it is designed to. This excessive speed

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Compressor wheel damage – serious overspeeding

Compressor wheel damage – serious overspeeding Here’s a more serious example of overspeeding damage – in this image, the compressor wheel has actually exploded into pieces due to extreme overspeeding! Damage like this can be caused when a turbo spins so fast that it starts to bend the turbine shaft at the thrust shoulder. In

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