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Turbine Failure - Foreign Object Damage

Foreign object damage in a turbocharger occurs when any object enters through the air inlet or exhaust inlet. This can significantly impact the turbocharger's performance and cause serious damage. Here are common causes of foreign object damage:

  • Damaged Hoses: Small particles can enter the turbocharger through cracked or damaged hoses.
  • Faulty Air Filter: If the air filter is damaged, low quality, or missing, debris can be drawn into the air intake.
  • Debris from Previous Turbo Failures: Remnants from a previous turbocharger failure can be sucked in and cause further damage.
  • Broken Engine Components: Fragments from damaged engine parts such as valves, pistons, or injector tips can enter the turbocharger.
  • Leftover Items During Servicing: Items such as bolts, nuts, washers, or rags left in the intake pipe can be sucked into the turbocharger.
  • Exhaust Gas Particles: Coke and other particles from poor combustion in the exhaust gases can cause damage.
  • Ice Formation: Ice can form in low-temperature conditions and cause damage if it enters the turbocharger.

Preventing foreign object damage is essential for the longevity and proper functioning of your turbocharger. Regularly inspect and maintain air filters and hoses, and ensure the intake and exhaust systems are clear of debris during servicing.