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Category Archives: Turbos

2002-2008 Subaru Turbocharger Failure

The reliability of many Japanese cars is legendary. In fact, Subaru has one of the most well-deserved reputations among manufacturers for building vehicles with robust drivetrains, strong engines, and well-handling chassis. But that’s not to say that every Subaru that leaves the factory is designed perfectly. Today we’ll be talking about one such problem that…
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1996-2002 Audi A4 1.8t Turbocharger Problems

More than 20 years ago, Audi introduced the A4, a brand-new model that completely revitalized the brand and firmly established the Volkswagen Group as one of the leaders in cutting-edge automotive engineering. While the A4 was new to the Audi line-up, it continued the lineage of the venerable Audi 80 and was built upon a…
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2007-2012 Dodge Ram 6.7L Cummins Turbocharger Problems

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…
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Boosting Engine Performance Turbocharger Upgrades and Other Critical Areas to Focus On

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. Despite never-better results from the racing world, consumer vehicles tend to deemphasize the gains in power engineers have been able to achieve with the latest…
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The Ultimate Turbocharger Diagram

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…
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Want to Turbocharge Your Car? Here’s How!

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…
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5 Turbocharged Cars You Wish You Could Drive

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…
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Turbochargers vs Superchargers: The Great Debate

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…
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