Common Problems Encountered
There are many problems which you could encounter, these may show through an engine warning light, smoky exhaust, loss of power and even total engine failure. We have summarised some of the main common turbo problems into a handy list below:
- Air filter blockage – blocked air filters cause debris such as stones, leaves and other contaminants entering the engine area and causing damage
- Damaged turbo – this covers a “multitude of sins”, but once a turbo is damaged it will become problematic for the owner, which could show a number of symptoms
- Lack of oil quality – high-quality oil is needed, which is changed regularly, failure to do this will increase contaminants and damage the engine
- Low oil level – a lack of oil as with all engines can cause catastrophic turbo engine failure, this could be due to consumption or the presence of leaks
- Obstructions in exhaust system – although not directly a turbo issue as turbos need gases from exhausts any obstructions in the exhaust system will have a “knock-on effect” and consequences
Costs and Complexity of Repair and Replacement
Turbo repairs will vary enormously, but between £500-£1000 (including labour) can be assumed if you use an independent garage, costs will rise if you use a main agent. This is, of course, assuming that the turbo can be repaired, in many cases the only option is a turbo replacement.
Buying a new turbo is usually out of the question; but may be advisable on newer vans (but these are often under warranty anyway). Second-hand turbos can be bought but choose your garage/mechanic wisely. It’s impossible to advise exactly how much this would cost as there are too many factors between makes/models and also costs depend heavily on who is completing the work.
With any turbo repairs/replacement related parts usually also need replacing, e.g. filters, sump, turbo pipes, vacuum pump, etc.
Sell a Van with Turbo Engine Failure to We Buy Broken Vans
As we have said turbo engine failures are very costly and, in many cases, write a van off due to repairs being uneconomical. If this is your situation, your van still has some value though as we pay fair prices for vans with turbo engine failure.
Sell your van today by calling 0121 285 9859 (landline) or by mobile on 07582 859 859 (where you can send text messages too). Many vans are bought and paid for by us within two days.
Other van faults
Fuel Injector Problems
The main issues affecting fuel injectors involve them becoming blocked and with deposit build-ups.
We Buy Broken Vans regularly buy vans with ECU issues – it’s “bread and butter” business for us.
Timing Chain Problems
We can save you the headache of paying for expensive timing chain replacement and associated costs.
Wiring Loom Repairs
With an unknown diagnostic bill and repair costs, many owners turn to a business like ours to sell a van complete with its wiring loom faults.
Engine Management Warning Light
We will buy your van at a fair price even if there is an engine management light showing.
Low Oil Pressure
We are happy to buy vans with declared oil pressure faults and do so on a regular basis.
There are many reasons for gearbox failure, but you can always speak to us for a cost-effective solution to buy your broken van.
One of the problems with DPF’s is that the problem seems fixed but then re-occurs, which is irritating to be back at square one.
A van with a faulty differential just can’t be safely driven. In older van models particularly, the repair/scrap equation tends to lean to scrap.
Fuel Pump Problems
You may decide you want to repair your van with a broken fuel pump, but if it all seems like too much hassle we are here to help.
MOT Failure Vans
If your van fails its MOT, a driver can be fined up to £2,500 and given 3 penalty points for driving a van with “dangerous” faults.
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