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How To Make The Most Of Your Turbo Engine
1. Use Ethanol-Free Fuel: I would recommend using 91 octane regardless of how you drive. Try experimenting with both and see which one is more efficient if you are not convinced. A sensibly driven engine using 91 octane should be able to easily outweigh the added costs of using premium fuel while having more power on tap and keeping the inside of your engine cleaner.
2. Adjust Your Driving Habits: As you may have noticed, turbo engines behave and respond much different from NA. You may notice some turbo lag when stomping on the pedal. Because of this, I recommend to always roll onto the throttle in one linear motion rather than stomping on the pedal, as this gives your turbo more time to spool resulting in better response. You may also notice that even though you have the pedal all the way down to the floor, the engine will not shift at the 6000RPM redline. This is because the stock tune is optimized to make healthy torque in the lower RPM, meaning the engine will run out of breath past 5000RPM. Plus, Turbo engines run rich at high RPM's to protect the engine internals from the heat and stress of the turbo, so always short shift at least 500-1000RPM even if you are racing. If you tune your ECU, you will notice that the engine pulls harder to redline.
3. Allow Engine To Cool After Hard Driving: Never turn the engine off right after driving it hard. Always allow the engine to idle for a couple minutes before shutting off to cool the turbo.
4. Good Ol' Italian Tune-up: Don't be scared to bring the RPM's up from time to time! This will keep your injectors clean as well as limit the amount of carbon build-up on your intake valves. Carbon likes to form when the temperature in your intake valves fall below 400F, so an occasional stint of hard driving helps bring the temps of your intake valves up thus limiting the amount of carbon build-up.
5. Drive Highway At Least 30 Minutes A Week: The more you drive highway, the better. There are many benefits to highway driving, but mainly this helps keep fuel dilution of your engine oil low.
6. Use Fuel System Cleaner Every 50,000Miles: This, along with some hard acceleration is a great way to keep your fuel system and injectors clean.
7. Oil: I would recommend using Motul, Liqui Moly, Pennzoil Ultra Platinum.. - to name a few top-notch oils. Stick to Mann oil filters. Don't be scared to use 5w40 if you drive in a hot climate. Change oil more often if you drive in the city.
8. NEVER Idle Your Engine: The less you idle the engine, the better. It is especially bad if you just started the engine and It is running rich/retarding the timing to help warm up quicker. Just drive off right away, and drive normally until the engine is fully warmed up.
Last edited by Get Inline; 08-10-2018 at 12:08 PM.