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Turbo
Without hearing the sound, I can't really give you any sound advice. I can however give you a diagnostic path to follow. If you can recreate the sound while sitting still, then the first order of business is to locate...
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Turbo issues with boost
Hi thanks for writing in. The Land Cruiser turbo diesel from that era uses a mechanical waste gate to bypass the exhaust around the turbine when the boost pressure reaches maximum. It should be a quiet and smooth action. It's...
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Car runs rough and had sudden power loss
Hi there, thank you for asking about your 1983 Nissan 280ZX. It is actually possible that it is a fuse issue. However, the fuse holder is on the circuit board for the digital dash and is a bit sensitive. If...
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Type of engine oil
Thanks for writing in about your 2015 Hyundai Veloster. Yes, this should always be used when stated by the manufacturer. Turbocharged engines create a lot of power which generates heat and stress. Synthetic oil has the properties in it to...
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Poor gas mileage
Turbochargers are for producing more power from a smaller size engine. Fuel economy is not maintained when a turbocharger is used. Turbos only operate under a power request of the throttle position. They introduce more air into the engine, and...
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SUV lurches forward with acceleration
Hello. The first thing that I would do is to find out if the dealer has any technical service bulletins relating to your current problem. If there is a technical service bulletin related to your problem, you may be able...
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Turbo wastegate stuck closed. Need solution.
Hello. P2261 is the code for an issue with the vehicle's turbocharger bypass valve, also known as the wastegate. If the computer detects an issue with the wastegate circuit or signal it will activate the Check Engine Light in order...
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I got a code P0191 for the fuel rail pressure and a code P0237 for turbocharger boost.
Hi there. When the battery was arched, the power surge had went through the vehicle and caused some circuits to fail. If right after the power surge happened and now you have a code for the fuel pressure and the...
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Turbo blow off valve
Hello. The "blow-off-valve" or BOV, is a pressure-release valve designed to prevent over-pressurization of the engine, not the turbocharger itself. While hearing some of the sounds a turbo-charged engine makes while running through the gears is a most pleasant experience,...
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Do I need to replace the turbo?
Hello. There are several reasons why your car might be low on power. Some of these are related to the turbocharging system: lose high pressure hoses, blow-off valve control hoses, and circuitry (regulates the amount of boost to the engine...
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I have a 2001 Saab 93 turbo automatic and it keeps stalling. Once it does, I have to wait about 20-30 mins to restart.
Hi there. Check the spark plugs and see if they have been replaced. The plugs in your engine are designed to last between 80,000 to 100,000 miles. Replace the spark plugs if they have not been changed. If the symptom...
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My turbo will sometimes work and sometimes will not work.
Hi there. The wastegate actuator is not functioning correctly or the boost sensor is not working making the turbo boost properly. Check the wastegate actuator hose and see if its broken and listen for leaks when you drive the vehicle....
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How to increase power without adding turbo?
Hi there. There are many ways to increase power to your vehicle without adding a turbo or supercharger. You could change the exhaust manifold to a exhaust header and gain more power. You could change the intake to have air...
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Loss of power in 1st gear
Hi there. Adjusting turbo boost for this engine is a compromise at best. Setting boost to be optimal for 3rd, 4th and 5th gear (without over-boosting) means 1st and 2nd gear don't get that much boost. Stepping up boost for...
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car is barely picking up speed from stationary position to 3rd gear
Hi there. Check the turbo on the engine. With the loss of power until the vehicle is driven normally after 100 meters and the lack of power going up steep hills, the turbo could have failed causing the engine to...
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EOT 250 degrees normal driving while ECT is 194 degrees
Hi there. Check the turbo and make sure that its functioning correctly and you have good boost. If the turbo is working properly, then there may be a plugged catalytic converter on the exhaust system making the engine overheat. This...
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DPF filter is not working and turbo works but will not kick in.
The turbo could be working but not feeding to the engine for a leak in the intake hoses on the inner cooler. Check all of the hoses on the inner cooler and see if there is a split or if...
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Loss in boost pressure.
Check the wastegate on the turbo and see if its causing the turbo to drop off the pressure. The tube from the turbo to the wastegate could be leaking and causing the pressure to be lost. If you need further...
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Hello there, I was wondering if I would need to add a manual transmission if I add a twin turbo to my automatic car.
I recommend keeping your transmission in your vehicle that it is designed for. If you plan on putting in a Twin Turbo setup, then the transmission will hold up to the changes. Automatic transmissions are designed to take more abuse...
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Hello there, my 2005 BMW 525i is not starting but its cranking. I've also noticed clicking sound near at the turbo.
Hi there. If the fuel pump relay is getting hot, then check the condition of the fuel pump when the key is on. If there is no sound at the fuel pump (like a hum), then the fuel pump maybe...

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