You already know that your engine likes to breathe, sure we all do but there are ways to make it breathe easier. One of these ways is by stuffing as much air as possible into the engine’s “throat.” You’re forcing the induction and to do that you’ll need a turbocharger. Turbochargers are like magic some say! Witchcraft happens and you go faster.
Our friends at Engineering Explained cover the basics in great detail in the video below covering not only what you shouldn’t do but also why. One of the many important parts that is often overlooked. So let Turbo Dynamics go through with you now the 5 things you should never do in a turbocharged vehicle.
1. DON’T RUN YOUR CAR IMMEDIATELY
Firstly, don’t run your vehicle straight away after you turn it on. Your engine needs to warm up properly, but more importantly it’s the oil in this case that needs to come to a proper operating temperature.
2. DON’T SWITCH OFF IMMEDIATELY
Secondly, make sure you don’t switch your car off right away after spirited driving. If you let everything cool down, you have consistent oil temperatures circulating through your engine components and that’s a good place to shut everything down.
3. DON’T LUG YOUR ENGINE
Lugging your engine by travelling slowly is a bad idea, but by putting your vehicle in a higher gear you should be alright. This puts needless strain on a number of parts.
4. OCTANE FUEL – DON’T USE LOWER THAN RECOMMENDED.
Something you may know already, don’t use lower octane fuel than what’s recommended. Most often an engine with a turbo is running at lower compression rate, it needs the higher octane fuel to prevent knocking & other issues.
5. IF YOU HAVE A LAGGY TURBO – DON’T MASH THE THROTTLE
When exiting a corner that is! Now this one comes down to your car’s setup and of course your driving skill. If you accelerate and it takes a bit for your turbo to spool up, you’re going to have a shot of power when you don’t want it. If you’re not pointing in the right direction & the wheel is turned, you may end up with more understeer or a little bit of oversteer when all you want is a clean line.