August 2020.- In the decades the automotive industry has been searching to be more efficient with its emissions, turbo engines have been a practical option to have low-compression engines without losing the vehicle’s power.
“Inside a regular engine, or aspired as it is known, a mix of fuel and air is produced, and it generates an explosion whose energy moves the car. What turbo does is help air have more pressure, thus its richer in oxygen which produces a higher power explosion,” explains Esteban Durán, Post-sales Manager of SAIC Motor, manufacturer of MG.
Among the models that come with this type of propeller we have the MG 6 (1.5T) fastback and the SUVs MG RX5 and MG HS, both with 1.5T and 2.0T option.
The following tips help having a better care of turbo engines, prolonging their life, and diminishing possible future maintenance expenses.
Take a minute. Engine’s lubrication system works when the car it’s on. A suggestion when turning on the vehicle is to give the car at least a minute (especially if the vehicle is too cold), so the engine grabs the necessary temperature and its oils flow better.
Pay attention to the accelerator. It’s best to get rid of the habit of stepping on the accelerator when turning the engine on. This action pays greater stress to the engine before it’s completely lubricated and is no longer necessary to do so in current vehicles.
Start relaxing. Go easy with the accelerator pedal for at least 15 minutes. Avoid paying unnecessary stress to the engine by overstepping the accelerator when you start the car and go. Same as in the previous tip, it’s best to let the engine grab the temperature it needs before demanding more of the vehicle.
Keep the maintenance. It’s very important to follow the service schedule to know the oils moving inside the engine are in good state. Same advice applies to engine filters, that keep oil free from combustion generated pollutants.
Watch out for rpm. Internal parts of the propeller are under an extra load if you over-demand the engine at low revolutions (for example, 1,200 rpm).
Take a moment when it’s over. Same as the first tip, it is suggested to give the engine a minute before turning the ignition key off. This means, stop the vehicle, and leave the engine on, especially if the car was demanded, as for instance, once you have driven on highways or roads. Since it helps the engine oils to give one last turn, instead of suddenly stopping in a high temperature engine.