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Essential Tips to Keep in Mind When Replacing a Turbocharger

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Think your car needs a new turbocharger? If so, you want to do the installation on your own. To help you work through the process successfully, take a look at these tips.

1. Always Start With a Thorough Diagnostic

To ensure that the turbocharger really needs to be replaced, you should start with a diagnostic of your vehicle. That way, if something else is causing the issue, you can narrow in on that instead, and you can leave the existing turbocharger in place.

2. Make Sure the Turbocharger Is Clean

Before removing the turbocharger, you should do another check to make sure that's the issue. In particular, look over your existing turbocharger for debris or excessive dirt. That can clog up the manifold and prevent it from working correctly.

3. Make Sure You Buy the Right Turbocharger

If you conclusively decide that you need a new turbocharger, you need to ensure that you buy the right one. Websites and stores that sell turbo accessories generally have a wide range of inventory. Get the model number of your existing turbocharger and match that up with the new one you buy. Alternatively, make sure the turbocharger you order works for your make and model of car.

4. Keep the Turbocharger Clean Before Installation

As you prepare to put the new turbocharger in your vehicle, make sure to keep it clean throughout the process. To do that, you may want to keep it in the box as long as possible. If you get it out and set it on the garage floor or even on a shelf, dirt or debris may stick to it. That will still be there when you put the turbocharger in your motor, and that can prevent it from working correctly.

5. Use All New Filters

The filters that engage with your turbocharger directly affect how well it works. When you are getting a new turbocharger, you should also invest in new filters. This applies to air, oil and fuel filters.

6. Examine Hoses Closely

Just as you put in new filters, you may want to put in new hoses. At a minimum, check your hoses for damage. Make sure they don't have any holes or unusual wear and tear. Also double check how they are connected. If you see issues, invest in new ones.

To get more tips about installation and turbo accessories, consult the instruction manual that comes with your turbocharger.