Keep Your Audi 200 Quattro's Turbo Engine Charging with These Tips
A quick look at the Audi 200 Quattro won't reveal too much. Compared to the other sedans in its class, this car didn't feature racing stripes, a muscular exterior, or a sport body kit. For many, it was a regular-looking sedan but for Audi fans, its power was under its skin. It featured the Quattro all-wheel-drive (AWD) system and a sport-tuned turbo-charged engine, which can run its competitors in circles around the Autobahn. The 200 Quattro was a smooth, classy, and precise sedan. Given its 2.5-liter beast of an engine, here are some maintenance tips to keep it charging.
- Change your driving habits.
Your driving habits can affect your car engine's turbo charger. After starting the engine, avoid stepping on the accelerator and revving the engine. Let the engine run on idle for 10 seconds before revving the engine. This lets the engine oil reach the turbo charger and lubricate it properly. Cold engine oil is sloppy and sticky. Give the engine enough time to properly warm up. The oil will thin out and lubricate all the engine's parts, including its turbo charger. Let the engine accelerate steadily to reduce stress on the turbo charger's parts. Also, avoid stepping on the gas or revving the engine before turning off the engine. This will starve the turbo's turbines of oil, which will wear them prematurely. Change your driving habits if you want your car's engine to last longer.
- Regular oil change is essential.
Oil is the lifeblood of your engine and turbo charger. Lubrication helps keep them working efficiently. The right type of oil also helps minimize early wear and friction between parts. Check the engine oil's levels and make sure there is enough oil for lubrication. Avoid using low-grade or cheap oil when servicing your car's engine. This type of oil can't protect your engine from corrosion, damage, and premature wear. Choose high-grade engine oil recommended by your car's manufacturer. It will properly lubricate your engine and turbo charger's moving parts. Consider having an engine flush before an oil change. This will clean the system of sludge and other contaminants stuck on its parts. The importance of regular engine oil change can't be overstated.
- Clean the engine's fuel system.
Your car's fuel filter is responsible for distributing the necessary fuel supply to its engine's turbo charger. If it starts to experience irregular fuel supply while running, it could wear out and break down prematurely. Turbo chargers are one of your engine's sensitive components, which need proper attention. Clean the engine's fuel system, especially its fuel filter to keep it running smoothly. Flushing it with fuel system cleaners can help remove dirt and debris. Have its fuel filter changed every 40,000 miles to keep the system clean. Turbo chargers add stress to the fuel system and proper maintenance is always top priority.
- Check the turbo charger and engine for leaks.
Just like any engine part, your turbo charger may develop leaks over time, and it's important to check it for leaks. It may lose boost charger and cost you precious power over time. Spray the system with a mixture of soapy water to see if the turbo intake has leaks while the engine is on. If bubbles are present, deal with them promptly to avoid permanent damage to the system.
Don't let your Audi 200 Quattro's turbo-charged engine go to waste. Keep these tips in mind for a worry-free driving day.