Test your BMW single turbo N55 motor the easy way!
This Boost Leak Tester kit mounts the inlet pipe of your turbo that lead to your turbo's compressor inlet flanges. The turbo intake hose that wraps around the top/back of the motor is removed and the turbo inlet flange is exposed which is where you will install the boost leak tester. You'll be able to test from the turbo to the motor checking all leak points in between, including intercooler, clamped connections, throttle body o-ring, intake manifold, divertor valves and the many random potential leak points.
Note* the turbo inlet flange where you will clamp the boost leak tester on is plastic and take caution not to over-clamp the boost leak tester on this flange. That being said, use low pressure to start testing the system and work your way up to 15 psi.
The top-mounted threaded boost gauge to easily read the pressure in the system while testing without having to run into the driver's seat to read the boost.
This is an important tool that every turbo car owner needs in their arsenal of tools. It is going to keep the turbo healthy by eliminating leaks in the boost path.
Design Features & Whats Included:
- Billet aluminum CNC'd and anodized with tire valve schrader port and 1/8" npt threaded gauge port
- High quality silicon coupler
- Boost Gauge - Stainless steel shock-proof glycerin-filled. Range 30 PSI/ 1 Bar
- (2) Stainless Steel T-Bolt Clamps with teflon lock-nut
- Faulty charge air coolers (leaking through various cracks)
- Intake Manifold cracks
- Turbocharger outlet pipe leak
- Charge air cooler piping
- clamped connections
- divertor valve leaks from diaphragm or boost lines
How do I know if I have a Boost Leak?? Common Symptoms are:
- P-codes, Check engine lights, system too rich
- Loss of power
- Poor Fuel Mileage
- Typically the boost target will be lower than what is expected by the tune
- Boost onset could be erratic
- Slower than normal spool-up
What happens to the turbo charger if there is a boost leak??
Any leak will cause the turbos wheels to over-spin and result in bearing to wear out eventually causing shaft play! This happens faster with larger leaks. This conditions then allows for the turbos wheel tips to make physical contact with the turbo housing. Its over for your turbo at that point!
Simple Steps to Use the Boost Leak Tester:
- Remove the intake hose/pipe off your turbo chargers inlet
- Install the boost leak tester onto the turbo chargers inlet and secure with the T-bolt clamps
- Pressurize the boost leak tester with an air compressor and a tire inflation tool. The air compressor should be a minimum of 2 gallon volume. The larger the compressor, the more capacity you have to fill the engines charge pipes. A bike pump or electric pump will not supply enough air fast enough to fill the system
- *Caution! - When filling the system, start with a low pressure around 5 PSI. Recommended to regulate the compressor to a lower pressure and only increase if filling is too slow. The boost gauge reading indicates how much compressed air is in the charge pipes. The boost gauge allows you to read the bleed rate of charge pipes when you remove the pressure. It is normal to see pressure loss average of 1psi every second. Faster bleed rate at higher pressures and slower bleed rate at lower pressures
- Listen for leaks. Use soapy spray if necessary to identify smaller leaks.
- Fix any leaks points and then retest. Increase by 5psi up to the normal operating boost pressure.
- Go out and Boost! Enjoy the restored power from your engine!