Has your car got a turbocharger? The good news is that your car has more power, the bad news – you have a problem on your hands. An overall number of cars with a fitted turbocharger is constantly growing. We advise how to care for your car to avoid splashing out on a vehicle technician. Modern cars often have devices fitted that increase engine power such as superchargers and turbochargers. The purpose of both is to pump as much extra air as possible into the combustion chamber of the engine. When mixed with fuel this increases the engine power. Turbo reconditioning, turbo replacement, turbo repairs: https://www.bestturbos.uk/
Two different devices, similar result
Both, a turbocharger and a supercharger have a rotor that supplies extra air into the system. This is the only similarity between the two devices.
A supercharger, used in Mercedes among other cars, is a type air compressor powered mechanically by either a belt, gear, shaft or chain connected to the engine’s crankshaft, whereas a turbocharger’s power is provided by exhaust gas produced during the combustion process. Therefore, the turbocharger system is more effective as it forces more air into the engine that translates into increased power and efficiency.
Both devices and systems have their pros and cons but whilst driving the difference is noticeable almost immediately. An engine with a supercharger allows to maintain a steady power increase, starting at lower revolutions . A turbocharger on the other hand helps achieve a higher torque at lower revolutions that gives a more dynamic effect- that is why we feel as if it thrusts us into the driver’s seat.
An interesting fact is that to eliminate the flaws of both systems they are very often used together. Supplying the engine in a turbocharger as well as a supercharger prevents the effect of a turbo gap i.e. lower torque when a higher gear is applied.
Turbo more troublesome than supercharger
Operation of a supercharger is not complicated and almost maintenance-fee. It does put pressure on the engine; however, if we exchange an air filter and a belt drive regularly, we stand a good chance that it will serve us well for a long time. The most common fault, however it still happens very rarely, is a problem with the bearing rotor. The supercharger then requires reconditioning or fitting a new device.
The situation is different in a turbocharger. On the one hand, it does not apply extra pressure on the engine as is propelled by the combustion energy. However, on the flip side the high temperature produced during the combustion process weakens the turbo and contributes to turbo failue further down the line. Therefore, it is vital to allow the turbocharger to cool down before switching the engine off in a turbo car. Otherwise, it may cause a wide range of faults such as play in the bearing rotor and oil leaks in the system. In such cases the only solution is to fit a new turbo or recondition the old one.
Turbocharger service- new or reconditioned turbo?
Instead of fitting a new turbocharger that can be quite expensive, it is possible to recondition the old turbo to lower the cost of service and parts.
To illustrate it with an example a new turbo to Land Rover costs £1800 and a reconditioned one £450 excluding labour costs.
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