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Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Jan 01, 1989

Dear Tom and Ray:

I drive a 1987 Dodge Shadow with a 2.2 liter turbocharged engine and standard transmission. I would like to know the best way to drive the car to maintain the engine. Is using the turbo charger bad for the engine?

RAY: Do this experiment: Find a large football player, preferably overweight. Stand with your back to him, and tell him to take a running start from 20 to 30 feet back and throw himself at you. That's how the crankshaft of your engine feels when the turbo charger kicks in. But you do what you think is best.

TOM: With turbo charging, you're not getting "something for nothing." The extra power comes at the expense of additional wear and tear on the engine. The less you use it, the longer the engine will last. Ask Joe Theisman.

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