Q: I am looking to Turbocharge my 2008 Chevy Cobalt with manual transmission.

asked by on October 14, 2016

I am looking to add a turbo to my 2008 Chevy cobalt with manual transmission. I don't know much about cars or how i should go about it. Any insight or advice will help. Thanks.

My car has 123000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.

Hello. It is indeed possible to turbocharge this vehicle. Adding a turbocharger will definitely increase your horsepower. The main thing you need to keep in mind is that this will put added stress on the engine. Due to the mileage you have, the added stress can cause failure of many of the internal parts of the engine. If you add a turbocharger at this mileage it can last for a while but it is important that you are vigilant as to an engine failure. Unfortunately there is no way to predict this. Before installing the turbo I would do a compression test to see how the engine is internally and if it is fine then you can install this. If you want to have the compression tested on your car, consider YourMechanic, as certified mechanic can come to your home or office to do this test.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

transmission repair

The transmission tag ID on your present 4WD transmission is "1TAD" (you'll see the tag under a bolt or riveted onto the transmission). However, the transmission that was used on the rear wheel drive only version of your truck has...

Carburetor backfiring and won't hold cold start.

Hi. It sounds like you are having some carburetor problems. Im going to guess you have a Holley or a Edlebrock. They both have been known to have many problems. I finally decided to get rid of my Holleys and...

Car shakes when I apply brakes doing 45mph or more and even when I don't apply brakes around 60 mph 2005 Chevy Equinox

Hello - you likely have multiple problems here: one of which exaggerates the others. Given your mileage, your front struts are likely worn. This is important because the tire imbalance you feel at 60 mph (without braking), and the vibration...

My car is overheating. The engine fan does not work unless the air conditioner is running.

Many vehicles have two separate fans. 1 fan is used for the engines radiator. The other thing is used only when the air conditioning is running. The fact that a fan kicks on when the air conditioning is running as...

Windshield wipers not spraying fluid just clicks.

Hi there. What you are describing is an indication of either a clogged washer fluid tube or a faulty washer fluid motor. The best way to diagnose this problem is to have a professional mobile mechanic come to your location...

I just put in a fuel pump and its still not starting and its not the fuel relay what could it be?

Hello, thank you for writing in. When it comes to no start and stalling issues, you want to start with the simple stuff. Make sure your batter cables are perfect, the new battery is fully charged, and make sure the...

Fuel problem

From the symptoms described, I would say that we are definitely experiencing fuel problems with your Chevy Blazer. There can be a few things keeping fuel from reaching the engine, such as a blown fuse or a bad fuel pump...

Ac blowing hot air. 2011 Chevy Equinox

Hello. Thanks for writing in about your 2011 Chevrolet Equinox. An AC that blows hot air can be caused by a few things. If the vehicle used low cold air, but over time began to blow warm, it may be...

Replaced brake pads, but tires sqeak when I stop

One common mistake that can be made when replacing brake pads is forgetting to spray the brake rotors down with brake cleaner before installing them. This applies to new and used rotors: New rotors have a sticky adhesive...

Related articles

The Best Used Cars to Buy If You’re an Athletic Coach
If If you are an athletic coach, you need a used vehicle with tons of room to transport gear. Once in awhile, you may have to take a player or two along with you as well. What this means is...
The Guide to Legal Car Modifications in California
ARENA Creative / Shutterstock.com California has a variety of laws that govern the modifications you can make to vehicles driven on the roadways. Whether you are altering your current vehicle or are moving to the state, make...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban
The The 2012 Chevrolet Suburban offers large amounts of space to carry around a growing family or to transport supplies to your favorite camping spot. It is available in heavy duty and half ton models. Key Features The 1500 Suburban...