Holden Cruze Turbo Problems?
The Holden Cruze was a compact sedan with 3 Australian Turbocharged models.
A 1.4L and 1.6L Petrol and the 2.0L Diesel model.
This article focuses on the 2 Petrol models, but you can find more information on the diesel 2.0L Holden Cruze / Captiva Turbocharger here.
Unfortunately the Holden Cruze (first introduced in 2009 and ending in 2016), was beset with problems.
Soon after introduction, transmission problems, coolant system issues such as leaks and thermostats and overheating, gave the Cruze one of the lowest consumer report scores in the compact car market.
As a result it suffered from product recalls.
Despite this, in Australia the Cruze became popular.
The turbocharged petrol models were fuel efficient and boasted a decent feature list for the market price point.
The petrol models are originally equipped with a pneumatically-actuated Garrett (1.4L) and BorgWarner (1.6L) turbocharger.
But the 1.6L turbocharger in particular were prone to overheating due to coolant hose leaks.
Where we see Holden Cruze Turbo Problems
However, in practice, the reason we see Holden Cruze turbo problems, is due to the turbocharger design.
They have a very small impeller wheel diameter (A/R), or Area over Radius.
This gives faster spool-up providing faster boost response at the low end (and less at the top end).
Consequently they may feel more enjoyable to drive, but turbocharger wear can increase.
In all turbocharged applications, it is critical for clean oil to flow into and exit the turbo freely.
And this is even more crucial in small turbos that spool-up quickly, like the those fitted to the Cruze.
If oil flow into the turbocharger is even partially blocked or the quality of the oil is poor, the turbocharger will have a reduced service life, or will completely fail.
Engine oil breaks down over time and use under heat.
Carbon deposits can build up and block narrow flow passages such as the turbocharger oil feed pipe.
To prolong turbocharger life and prevent Holden Cruze turbo problems, make sure the service intervals are adhered to, or even reduced.
If you need to have a new turbocharger installed, make sure the oil feed pipe is at minimum ultrasonically cleaned.
Or better replaced with a new oil feed pipe.
And replacing a Turbo should be done by a dealership or qualified mechanic with experience in turbocharger replacement.
They should follow the Best Practice Steps for Turbocharger Installation.
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