Even cars with a meticulous oil-change history are not immune to turbocharger oil starvation as fresh oil alone is not enough to prevent it. Most of the failures we see are because oil starvation when the banjo bolt filter clogs and cuts off lubrication. Eventually, the turbo will fail and cause severe damage within the intake tract of your motor.
The Audi A4 had the distinction of being the first vehicle from the Volkswagen Group to be powered by the now legendary 1.8 liter 20 valve turbocharged engine which has gone on to be used in nearly every model line from each of Volkswagen’s major brands. If you think about it, there probably isn’t a day that goes by where you don’t see a car powered by one of these engines. In fact, Volkswagen is still producing it to this day while it continues to provide motive power in all of their brands as well as their industrial offerings. There’s even a version that is used in the FIA Formula Two Championship capable of 450hp!
Halfway through the 2007 model year, Dodge replaced the venerable 5.9 24v Cummins diesel with a new 6.7 liter model, in order to keep up with the ever-increasing competition from Ford and GM. In addition to a massive power increase, this also brought the Ram up to emissions standards not scheduled to go into effect until 2010, three years later than it was released. With small updates, this engine is still in production in Ram heavy-duty pickups today.
The 2016 Honda Civic Turbo represents a major change for an established platform. This is the first Civic ever offered in factory trim that also features a boosted engine of any kind. Previous versions of turbocharged or supercharged Civics were only achieved through the aftermarket or Honda’s race teams. This is, in fact, only the second try Honda has made at equipping a production model with a turbocharger, the first being the Acura RDX (more on that from the perspective of a parts professional later). Being only their second attempt, the stats aren’t unimpressive: 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque and 15.3 second quarter mile out of a 1.5 liter turbocharged engine
With a general trend towards raising emissions standards both domestically and internationally, the consensus among automotive executives over the past few years has been to prioritize fuel efficiency over performance.
Turbochargers are one of the most complex components of an automobile. Much mystery surrounds the turbocharger. It's somewhat of a “mechanical monster” to most people - even those folks that actually own a turbocharged engine. And that's somewhat surprising; after all, turbochargers are pretty slick pieces of machinery. They do totally cool things to an engine -- namely, provide more power output for a better overall driving experience.
If your car’s current power output isn’t all it could be – or should be – you don’t have to be stuck in neutral forever. Most people have their car “turbocharged,” which gives added pep to any engine. What is a turbocharger? In the simplest sense, it’s a turbine-type device that forces air into the engine’s combustion chamber. With this added intake, there is a corresponding surge in overall power. We’ll look at the most common method of turbocharging in this blog.
If you like cars, you’ll love turbocharged cars. Turbochargers bring extra horsepower and better performance to any engine. Ask anyone who has driven a turbocharged car, and the reaction is near-unanimous: “If I could drive a turbo every day, I would!” Yet few actually do. And even fewer drive the type of cars you’ll read about below.
Although the supercharger was invented only a few short years before the turbocharger, they’ve come to represent the familiar poles of technological innovation. The supercharger, with its elegant simplicity and ubiquitous applications in everything from lawnmowers to jet planes, stands for the tried-and-true. The turbocharger, seeming more clever than smart, plays the overeager disruptor. It’s time to settle the great debate: turbocharger vs supercharger—what does the future hold?
Turbochargers are some of the coolest parts inside of cars. They increase power. They make an awesome sound. There is a movie starring a snail and also an American Gladiator named after them. I think we can all agree that it doesn’t get much cooler than American Gladiators. The only thing better than having a turbocharged car, is having a twin-turbocharged car.
Yes, turbos are great but we must also realize that these performance enhancers have a dark side. And what drives these parts to the dark side? It is not Darth Vader. The answer is, bad installation or improper driving.