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Category Archives: Turbocharger

K03 vs K04 Turbo for the Audi & Volkswagen 1.8T

What’s the last time you saw an Audi on the road older than a first-generation A4? The B5-chassis A4 was a turning point for the brand, and it’s probably the reason Audi is still around today. It was also the first vehicle to use the 20v 1.8T engine, which soon found its way to the…
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What is a T3/T4 Turbo?

The T3/4 is a common hybrid turbocharger for custom, high-performance applications. There are different turbine/compressor wheel and bearing options available, but the one thing they have in common is the use of a Garrett T3 exhaust housing, and a larger T4/T04 compressor housing. The smaller exhaust housing (hot side) retains the responsiveness of a small…
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How to Identify Your Duramax Diesel Engine Code

For the 2001 model year, General Motors finally replaced the Detroit Diesel 6.2L and 6.5L turbodiesel V8’s they had been using for 20 years, with a new 6.6L V8 developed in-house with Isuzu’s heavy truck division. The new engine was much more powerful than before, being developed from the beginning for turbocharging, and using Bosch…
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Ford 7.3 PowerStroke Turbo Buyer’s Guide

The Ford 7.3L PowerStroke diesel engine has legendary reliability, but since these trucks are around 20 years old and most of them have 200,000 miles or more, a few repair bills here and there are to be expected. One of the most common repairs for a 7.3L is turbo replacement. The turbo isn’t designed to…
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Chevy Cruze 1.4 Turbo Issues

Because of today’s stricter fuel economy and emissions standards, more mainstream vehicles are turbocharged. As this technology trickles down to economy cars, turbo failure becomes more common, since more vehicles are equipped with turbos and many of them are “everyday” economy and family cars which usually get driven more than the sports and luxury cars…
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Dodge Neon SRT-4 & Chrysler PT Cruiser Turbo Failure

The Dodge Neon SRT-4 was introduced in 2003 as a direct response to the Subaru WRX, Ford Focus SVT and other sport compacts which became more popular in the wake of the Fast and Furious movies. Much like the base Neon became the foundation of the Chrysler PT Cruiser, the SRT-4 (fans will be quick…
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Will a Turbocharged Car Save Me Money?

January 18, 2013 - We all know cars with turbochargers cost more to buy than cars without turbos, usually around $500 to $2,000 more. However, does buying a car with a turbocharger save you money in the long run? In the past, turbochargers were used to increase performance and were added to cars which already…
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Why is an Intercooler so Important to a Turbocharged Car?

The internal combustion engine found in today’s cars is basically the world’s most mass produced heat pump. It converts what are basically the remains of dinosaurs into heat through the process of combustion. The combustion is used to force the pistons in the motor downward creating a torqueing motion on the crankshaft. This motion is…
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What is an Electronic Actuator for a Turbo Wastegate

Many cars, trucks and SUVs on the market today are going with more fuel efficient small engines. There are many theories of how to make these motors more efficient, some use a supercharger and others use a turbocharger. With a turbo come many different options of how to control the boost levels and what the…
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