What to know about theOil Return Hose:
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Turbochargers offer a great boost to the performance of small engines, enabling you to get “more bang for your buck.” Though, they need a number of parts in order to work appropriately. The oil return hose make sure that your turbo stays greased during operation and that the used oil will go back to the engine, where it will be filtered and recirculated. However some oil return hoses are made of stainless steel or braided stainless steel, most are made of heat resistant rubber. The oil return hose is subject to temperatures well above 600 degrees fahrenheit throughout normal operation, and this figure is even greater during hard runs. Because temperature-induced wear and tear on the hose is significant, the hose will harden, dry and crack over time. They can be tough to remove, and brittle hoses can break. If this happens during operation, oil will spray out of the hose, and the turbocharger (not to mention the engine) will be spoiled from inadequate lubrication.
Facts to Note:
Oil return hose condition should be evaluated during basic upkeep.
The most common types of damage for oil return hoses are cracking, bulging and buckling.
How to Fix:
The vehicle is lifted and held on jack stands and the oil and filter detached
The oil return hose is removed
The new oil and filter is fixed and vehicle is started and tested for leaks
The vehicle is removed from jack stands
The vehicle is started and checked for oil system operation
For both your engine and your turbocharger to functionproperly, they must be supplied with a continuous stream of engine oil. If the engine oil return hose is spoiled, serious consequences will result. Work with one of your expert mechanics, capable of keeping an eye on all of the hoses and belts under the hood during normal maintenance, to change those hoses well before any issues become serious.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to changethe Oil Return Hose:
Bulges in the hose
Brittle or hard feeling hose
Importance of this service:
Without operational oil return hose, both your turbocharger and engine will be compromised in the worst-case scenario. The best prevention method is to work with your experienced mechanics, who will deliver ongoing upkeep. By conducting consistent inspections, the mechanic will notice any signs of degradation on the oil return hose and change it if necessary. If your hose is cracked, bulging or otherwise spoiled, we recommend having it replaced straightaway.