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Warming up and cooling down the engine: Engine handling
Bartek Bartoszewicz
Tuning Professional

How to increase the durability of your engine

Of course, an engine should always be treated with care. However, this is even more important when you increase the performance of your engine. This is because extreme forces such as heat, friction and other forces affect the engine.

To get the most out of your engine for as long as possible, you should therefore follow the tips on this page. This will ensure that all new parts are run in properly. This includes warming up the engine and, of course, cooling it down. Your newly built racing engine will thank you for it!

High speeds and rotating into the speed limiter are extremely harmful

The higher the engine speed, the greater the stress and thus the wear. This means the service life of the engine becomes shorter with increasing speed or an increased frequency of high speeds.

This is why you should always warm up and cold start your engine

With a cold start of the engine, in particular, various components, e.g. pistons, bearings, and lubricants, are not yet at operating temperature. Therefore high speeds (above 3,000 rpm) must be avoided in the warm-up phase. Only starting from an oil temperature of over 80°C can the engine be brought to higher speeds. The oil temperature should not exceed 110°C. The ideal measuring point for the oil temperature is in the engine block and not on external points such as the oil cooler, for example. The cooling water temperature is equally important. You should always keep an eye on it, and it must not be in the red range.

A proper cooling down phase of the engine is also crucial. Especially at warm ambient temperatures and/or after fast driving, e.g. on the race track, the engine should not be switched off directly! The engine must initially be cooled down by driving in the lower speed range and/or by idling the engine. Both the oil and the water temperature should be brought to a level of approx. 80°C before the engine is switched off. Among other reasons, this is done to protect the internal components as well as the turbocharger and avoid damage caused by overheating (idling heat), for instance.

This also means that driving short distances (e.g. five minutes to the bakery) is harmful for any engine since the operating temperature is not reached. The installation of a pre-heating system is recommended here, so as to shorten the warm-up phase. Engine starts at low outside temperatures must always be avoided.

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Launch control, anti-lag, water injection, acceleration race, and other play toys

A number of features are available in order to boost engine performance or improve the response of the engine or turbocharger. They include, among others, launch control, anti-lag, water injection, etc. All these functions are extremely harmful to the engine and other components. In no time they can result in unforeseeable damage, up to the total failure of the engine. They originate from car racing, where engines and race cars have been built exclusively for one race. In-car racing, peak performance is retrieved in a very short time. Money is usually no object, and engines and vehicles are completely replaced by new components after the race.

Service intervals must be shorter

In tuned engines, the usual wear parts such as spark plugs, engine oil, ignition coils, bearing shells, cam belts, or chains must be replaced earlier. The stress on these components is significantly higher with increasing engine power, so their service life is also quite a bit shorter. We recommend having the engine serviced at the latest after 5,000 km.

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Bartek Bartoszewicz
Tuning Professional
His first car was a Polo Mk1 with a 40 Weber twin carburetor and 129 PS (95 kW). His second was an Audi 50. Today Bartek tunes Lamborghinis to 1000 PS (735 kW). Even as a young boy, Bartek disassembled vehicles and put everything back together better. He wrote his high school diploma with oil on his fingers. The trained automotive mechanic with a focus on engines and gearboxes was determined to go into motorsports. In his 10 years in Formal 1, he supervised 73 races, including as engine mechanic for Ralf Schumacher at Toyota. Since 2010, he has dedicated himself fully to his company BAR-TEK® and helps his customers to bring VW and Audi engines to peak performance.
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Manfred Zeller
18.09.2023, 18:54 Uhr
Ich hatte Euch gebeten, einen Artikel oder Anleitung zum Einwintern von Saisonfahrzeugen zu veröffentlichen. Was ist zu beachten. Öl wechsel vorher oder nachher ? Leider habe ich keine Antwort erhalten .
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02.04.2024, 06:25 Uhr
Hallo Manfred, mit etwas Verspätung gibt es nun einen passenden Beitrag zu dem Thema:
Ralf Heyden
15.12.2022, 07:31 Uhr
Hallo liebes Bar-Tek-Team, ich würde gerne wissen in wie weit ich generalüberholte Turbolader „einfahren“ sollte? Gibt es hier besondere Augenmerke zu beachten? Beste Grüße Ralf
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11.04.2024, 14:14 Uhr
Hallo Ralf, das wichtigste ist in erster Linie, das der Turbolader, vor dem ersten Start genug Öl in der Rumpfgruppe hat. Dieses Öl kann vor dem eigentlichen Einbau, oder aber noch besser durch Öldruckstarten an alle relevanten stellen des Motors gelangen. Danach erst den eigentlichen Motorlauf machen. Dann den Motor schön warm fahren... dann kanns losgehen;-)
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