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 Correctly installed turbos make significant contributions to performance, fuel efficiency and emissions control, but incorrect fitting can have serious, potentially harmful consequences, including ECU conflict and major engine damage. Turbochargers now entering the Aftermarket are extremely complex and require specialist skills for trouble-free installation.

Automotive turbochargers, are providing the technology auto makers need to achieve the next generation of U.S. fuel economy standards. Turbos allow manufacturers to downsize from larger engines to smaller ones which are more fuel efficient, have improved emissions and still maintain the performance characteristics American consumers want.

An exhaust gas turbocharger is essentially an air pump that utilizes the engine’s exhaust gas energy to drive a turbine wheel. The turbine wheel comes attached to a shaft, the shaft is coupled to a compressor wheel and the two wheels function in unison. Functionality is simple, the exiting exhaust gas energy induces the turbine wheel, as the turbine rotates so does the compressor wheel. Both the turbine wheel and compressor wheel have an inducer and exducer. The compressor wheel inducer and exducer function in the same manor as the turbine but in reverse order. The compressor wheel inducer takes in ambient air and the exducer pressurizes that air and forces it into the engine.

Locating the turbocharger identification number is the first step in the replacement process. The identification number is typically found on a small metal badge riveted to the compressor housing or center cartridge of the turbocharger. Its also common on late model turbochargers to find the identification number etched in the compressor housing cover.

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