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Save yourself stress on Transit turbo replacement

By autotech-nath on November 2, 2017

Ford Transits are workhorses, so when a customer’s Transit comes into the workshop for a turbo replacement, you know they’ll want it back on the road as soon as possible. BTN Turbo has issued a Critical Instruction specifically for this job, produced from its extensive research and feedback.

The turbo used on the Ford Transit 2.2, 2.4 and 2.5LD and the equivalent Land Rover engine is a robust unit, but like all turbochargers it relies on a constant supply of oil. If that supply fails, the turbo bearings quickly suffer irreparable damage and the turbo will fail. The Critical Instruction advises how to minimise this risk.

When replacing the turbo on these engines, best practice is to replace the oil strainer and oil feed pipe. Remove the sump and clean it, then fit a new oil strainer and oil feed pipe. After 100 miles, change the oil and filter again to deal with any carbon build-up in the lubrication system.

Most failures of this turbocharger are caused by abrasives in the oil system or a restricted oil feed. Replacing the old oil feed pipe and strainer with new parts helps ensure the turbo receives the quantity and quality of oil it needs to protect it and maintain performance.


It’s worth remembering that 95% of all turbo failures are caused by oil related problems – oil starvation due to a restricted flow, contamination from foreign bodies and the wrong grade of oil being the main offenders.

The Transit turbos covered in BTN Turbo’s Critical Instruction are just some of several units that are particularly prone to blockages in the turbo oil feed pipe. The supplier now offers a range of oil feed pipes that should be fitted when replacing a turbo on these vulnerable applications.

Over 2,500 part numbers are available, with more than 18,000 turbos in stock, ready for next-day delivery. BTN Turbo is a leading UK distributor for all the major manufacturers, including Honeywell Garrett, which are the original factory fit on Ford Transits. Every turbo from BTN Turbo is 100%
OE, either brand new, remanufactured by the original manufacturer or remanufactured in its workshops using entirely OE parts and assembled to OE spec.

Phone: 01895 466 666



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