Tim's Turbos Blog

3007, 2016

5 Biggest Mistakes When Dealing With A Leaky Turbocharger

Is your turbo leaking oil? It could have an incorrect mounting orientation or an improper return line size. Learn about the biggest mistakes people make.

806, 2016

Turbo Controls Part 2 – Actuators, Wastegates and Controlling Turbo Boost

In the second part of our series on turbo controls, we cover actuators and how they work with your turbo wastegate to control rotor speed and boost pressure.

306, 2016

Turbo Controls Part 1 – Wastegates, Actuators, Solenoids

In the first part of our series on turbo controls, we cover wastegate setups, actuators, and electronic solenoid controls. We also show how a malfunction can cause low boost pressure and power loss.

2204, 2016

Turbo Component, Shaft and Assembly Balancing

Learn about three different types of balancers - single-plane, dual-plane, and VSR - as well as turbo balancing techniques and what it looks like when a turbo component is properly balanced.

1603, 2016

What To Look For When Buying A Used Turbocharger

Buying a used turbo might seem like a good deal at the time, but that purchase might cost you more than you think. We'll show you the types of damage to look for and what to avoid.

102, 2016

How To Properly Disassemble A Rusty Turbocharger

It's very easy to damage the turbine or housing when taking apart a rusty turbo. We show you how to disassemble it without damaging the fragile parts within.

1612, 2015

Does Your New Turbo Leak Oil?

Does your new turbo leak oil but you don't know why? We walk you through why you may have an oil leak after installing a new turbo and how to prevent it.

411, 2015

Are Brand-New Turbo Parts Balanced?

One question we are asked a lot is about brand new, in-the-box turbo wheels and parts - do they come balanced? Most of the time, yes, but not always.

210, 2015

Holset Turbo Identification

Do you have a Holset turbo or found one for sale and are not sure the description matches how it appears? We show you how to identify common Holset turbochargers and discuss strong and weak points, upgrades, and common modifications made to this popular turbo.

109, 2015

Simple Way To Measure Your Turbo Wheel

Do you need to replace or upgrade your turbo wheel? You'll need to know the diameter when you order a new wheel. We show you a simple way to measure this with a caliper and basic math.