Car turbos are most commonly associated with diesel and high performance vehicles, but they are also increasingly being used in petrol cars as a method of improving engine efficiency and performance.
The principal behind a turbocharger (or, simply, a ‘turbo’) is simple. When your car’s engine runs, it sucks air in through the air filter, which is then mixed with fuel and ignited, creating the power that drives the engine. This ignition process creates waste gases which escape through the exhaust system. A turbo uses these gases to spin a turbine (essentially, a propellor) and this turbine is then used to push more air into the engine than it would naturally suck in. As a result, your engine can burn more of the air/fuel mixture than it otherwise would, generating more power. Turbocharing is increasingly popular in everyday petrol cars because it allows more power to be generated from smaller engines, without increasing fuel consumption and emissions to the level of an equivalent larger engine.
While the principle of turbocharging is easy to grasp, in practice a turbo is an advancec component with a large number of high-speed moving parts. Fault symptoms include blue/white smoke when accelerating, reduced power, a high-pitched whining noise when accelerating or, if you have one, reduced boost showing on the boost gauge. If you’re looking for car turbo repairs in your local area, we can help. We work with a network of over 7,000 mechanics across the UK to help you find a low cost, reliable service. The process is simple:
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