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What You Need to Know About Holden Captiva Turbo Failure

The Holden Captiva Turbo

The Holden Captiva is a medium-sized crossover SUV originally developed by Daewoo, the South Korean manufacturer. Since 2006, Chevrolet has been using the moniker to sell the vehicle in most markets of the world, including the U.S., Europe and Asia. It uses General Motors’ GM Theta platform, just like its smaller cousin, the Opel Antara. The Captiva is a global vehicle, found badged as a Daewoo Winstorm in South Korea and the Holden Captiva in Australia.

The Captiva is offered with a few engine options: a 2.0 liter VCDi turbocharger diesel, a 2.2 liter VCDi turbocharged four-cylinder diesel, and three other gasoline models. The well-known 2.4 liter Family II four banger, a 3.0 liter SIDI V6, and the newest 3.2 liter Alloytec V6. The diesels are most popular in Europe, the gasoline four-cylinders take the cake in the U.S., with the Australian built Alloytec V6 naturally taking the top spot in Australia. The first generation was in production from 2006 to 2011, at which time it received a rather major update to bring it more in line with Chevrolet’s standards at the time.

How Reliable Is The Captiva Turbo?

The Holden Captiva is a generally trouble-free SUV, with minimal issues and problems reported by users. It’s also susceptible to some mechanical issues like all other vehicles on the road however, and the main one seems to be the turbocharger. The issue is only present on the diesel variants, as none of the gasoline engines have a turbocharger strapped to them. A Chevrolet Captiva Turbo failure is one of the biggest things which can go wrong with it, but don’t panic. It’s not as common of an issue as you might think. Most of the defective vehicles were taken in by Chevrolet and Holden as part of a recall and had a Captiva Turbo Replacement performed in warranty, so the few lemons which suffered the issue have been fixed.

Some Common Causes Of Turbo failure

1.  Insufficient Oil

Several things can cause Captiva Turbo failure problems, some more frequent than others. Usually, the damage is the result of insufficient oil and subsequently, lubrication. Just like the engine, the turbocharger needs a constant flow of clean oil. Any inconsistencies and it can easily malfunction. A buildup of carbon deposits can form, causing abrasive damage to the inside of the turbo, reducing its overall efficiency as well as causing damage. Changing the oil and the oil filter regularly can stop the problem from creating in the first place. Using fully-synthetic oil helps too.

2. Excessive Speeding

Another possible culprit is over-speeding. The turbocharger works by increasing pressure in the engine, by means of utilizing exhaust gases to spin the turbine inside and force more clean air into the cylinder chambers. Any sort of leaks, cracks or poor seals force the turbo to work harder, to achieve the same amount of pressure as it would have had it not been damaged. This reduces the efficiency and effectively, the turbocharger’s longevity.

3.  Foreign Objects

Foreign objects are unlikely to be the cause of a turbocharger failure, but they are nonetheless a possible cause. Broken engine components, small stones, dust particles, dirt and even leaves can find their way into the turbocharger, wreaking havoc. They usually entre via the turbine inlet or the compressor, but that’s mostly the case with older cars equipped with a dated turbo.

What To Do When Your Captiva Turbo Needs Replacing

The turbocharger is a vital car component susceptible to wear and tear, so don’t be surprised if it breaks after a certain amount of miles, regardless of how it was maintained or driven. Finding Replacement Turbocharger parts for the Captiva is relatively easy. The fact that it’s so widespread, present in nearly every market makes the entire ordeal more than bearable. Parts are not only easy to find, but relatively affordable as well.

Replacing the turbocharger is a difficult job, and not something everyone can do at home. It has to have the right boost controller, be wired correctly to the ECU and have the entire oil drain/serve lines mounted in the right order, delivering a constant oil flow. If any one of those fails, your brand new turbocharger might go down the road of the old one. We recommend having an authorized dealer or reputable mechanic shop carry out the procedure.

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