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Firstly let's find out why turbo chargers clog up or accumulate deposits. Strictly speaking a turbo is essentially driven by exhaust gases. These gases are the end product of the combustion process and contain particulates, hydrocarbons and even oil that has found its way into the system. These particulates build up on the hot side of the turbo. Carbon deposits may also build up on the waste gate, this creates problems for the turbo actuator in controlling boost. The waste gate could then possibly stick, this means the solenoid that controls the actuator is affected as it's trying to draw more current than it's capable of. The ECU recognises this condition and shows a warning light, therefore putting the vehicle in limp mode.

The most common issue for diesel engines is the build-up of carbon deposits on the variable vanes mechanism this then results in sticking or complete seizure. This then creates either an under-boost or over-boost effect usually resulting in an engine warning light showing and tripping the limp home mode, this will restrict the vehicle to low power and 2.5k to 3k RPM. This can be very frustrating when trying to get somewhere.

How and why do turbochargers gather carbon deposits in the first place?

1. Accumulated deposits in the fuel system and combustion area will ultimately result in a much lower quality of combustion resulting in additional hybrocarbons that will deposit in the post combustion areas such as the turbo charger.

2. Stop start driving and/or short trips will eventually take its toll, this is because the engine is unable to reach anywhere near the sufficient temperature to optimise the quality of combustion and/or help burn off existing carbon deposits.

How to remove carbon build-up

Over the years there have been many different opinions on how to remove carbon deposits. Firstly, a mechanic will more than likely tell you that you need to replace your turbocharger due to a carbon build-up, this is not true and can be fixed.
Many people have tried the "Mr Muscle Oven Cleaner" technique, we can only urge people not to do this as it can have catastrophic effects by seriously damaging the cold side of the turbo.

It is much safer to use a turbo cleaner and to spray it directly into the turbo, there are a number of turbo cleaners on the market to use that are much cheaper than buying a new turbo and much safer than using a unorthodox method.

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Why Diesel Turbo Cleaner?

Diesel Turbo Cleaner is a specially designed set to solve problems of diesel engines in a fast and efficient way such as contamination and seizing of the variable geometry of turbos and catalysts caused by carbon residues. Ideal for all diesel engines with Variable Vane Turbos.

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Diesel Turbo Cleaner, Automotive Brands Building, Unit 30, Bidavon Industrial Estate, Bidford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire, B50 4JN



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