Turbocharger Bearing Failure

The engine's oil lubricates the turbocharger. It's vital to change the oil and coolant at recommended intervals because old and contaminated oil will surely damage a turbocharger's bearings. Today's turbochargers spin over 100,000 RPM. That's incredible! These speeds, combined with the hot exhaust spinning the turbine wheel, create substantial heat.

Turbocharger bearing failure.

The engine's cooling system removes this heat. It's why many manufacturers recommend cooling the turbocharger by idling the engine for a minute or two before shutdown. When the engine is shut down immediately after an average drive, the oil will harden, and little pieces will get into the bearings causing turbocharger bearing failure.

When the bearings are faulty, a whining sound will result. It will also damage the shaft and housing. As the bearings wear, the blades on the turbine and compressor wheels can get damaged from the excessive end-play.