Date: Mon, 28 Jun 1999 12:52:00 GMT
From: (Peter Wilkins)
Subject: Re: Turbo Care

On Sun, 27 Jun 1999 14:06:16 -0000, "J Cameron" <> wrote : >Before I purchased a Saab 9000, I've never had a turbo engine. I really >enjoy it but am looking for some tips to extend its life. > >A friend of mine told me to let it idle to "cool down" after extended use >such as climbing and twisting around the Rockies (naturally giving me a >tremendous adreline rush!) > >Anyway, If anyone has anymore tips on care to extend the life of these >deliciously expensive turbos, feed 'em out. > Well, when I collected my 9-5 I asked the dealer the same questions. He said just to forget that there was a turbo under the bonnet and it would probably outlast the piston rings. Letting it idle for a while to cool down the turbo used to be necessary for the high boost ones which used to glow red-hot after a strenuous session, but apparently is not needed for the low boost models. I still reckon it's not a bad idea though, if you have just climbed the Matterhorn or something similar on full throttle. -- Regards, Peter Wilkins (

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