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Audi Turbocharger Replacement by CarHavn

Updated: Sep 1, 2023

Don't fall for the overpriced franchised dealer for this big service!

1. What is a turbocharger?

The turbo is a marvel of technology - it allows more performance to be extracted of an engine with better fuel economy. The downside is that it is a wear item - due to its construction and delicate parts, it will need to be replaced eventually.

From the diagram above, the parts that generally fail are the bearings, the wheel, and the shafts. You see, the turbo spins are very high speeds all the time, so naturally those internal parts are subject to tremendous wear and tear.

2. Popular Audi Models with a Turbo

Most 4-cylinder and 8-cylinder Audi engines have a turbo. The cylinder EA888 engine in all of its generations feature one. The 8-cylinder engine has 2, one per intake.

4-cylinder Audi models with a turbo: A3, A4, A5, A6, Q3, Q5

6-cylinder Audis generally have a supercharger, which is more solid and tends to last longer - but it needs regular service.

3. Symptoms of a Failed Audi turbo

  • Diminished performance - you'd feel the car is lethargic, especially at higher RPMS

  • A check engine light on, either sporadic (when the turbo begins to fail) or permanent (when the engine computer detects a certain number of failure events during a specific timeframe)

  • Code P0299 stored in the engine computer (PCM - Powertrain Control Module). This can be read by any generic scanner. A more sophisticated scanner will give a sub-code, such as:

01 Engine Electronics 1 problem exist

1.P029900 Turbo/Super Charger Underboost Passive/Sporadic

4. Parts

Audi (like most German manufacturers) doesn't make their own turbos, contrary to what the Service Advisor at the overpriced franchised dealer will tell you. They source it from BorgWarner, a trusted manufacturer from Germany. They also provide turbos for other brands, like MINI and Land Rover. That's the brand we always use.

It's important NOT to use a re-manufactured or cheap knock-off turbo - those never last, leading to duplicate labor or engine damage.

The correct job needs also:

  • Oil and coolant lines and gaskets

  • Bolts and studs, clips, nuts

  • Flange gasket

  • Fresh LiquiMoly 5W40 oil and purple coolant

  • LiquiMoly turbocharger additive - used to protect the turbo as the first spins will have no oil or coolant. This increases the longevity and reliability of the new turbo.

5. The Job

This is a pretty complex job best left to a trained mechanic. It entails putting the car in service mode, removing engine cover, catalytic converter, air box, clips, crankcase ventilation system, oil and coolant lines, and more.

A final inspection for air/oil/coolant leaks and erasing of the codes with a Euro specific scanner ensures a great result.

6. The Result

Done right, a new turbo job will result in an immediate increase in performance to your Audi, and that P0299 code will not come back!

This is a typical review:

"CarHavn changed my turbo charger on my 2013 Audi A6 for me and I am genuinely happy with the experience, efficiency and communication during the process of the repair. Ramiro was very knowledgeable and professional throughout the whole process. He even made sure to keep me updated with the process with the claim filed through my extended warranty. I would recommend CarHavn to everyone." - Kearin C.
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