How does a turbocharger work? Let’s talk about it in simple terms. This video is sponsored by Standard Motor Products.
Turbo performance can only be impaired by mechanical damage or debris. Sponsored by Standard Motor Products.
The majority of turbocharger failures start with a code and a check engine light. This video is sponsored by Cardone.
No matter the symptoms or damaged parts, the root cause of the failure must be diagnosed and resolved. Sponsored by Cardone.
Extreme temperatures cause the oil circulating through the turbocharger oil feed line to burn. The coked oil buildup restricts oil flow, which leads to turbocharger failure. The oil line may appear fine externally.
Honeywell Turbo Technologies is using its experiences in racing to fine-tune the performance and durability of its turbochargers. The company pushes its motorsport turbo applications to the absolute limit on roads and racetracks around the world, with the aim of improving its products.
The power that a naturally aspirated engine can make is limited by its displacement and how efficiently you can make it breathe with cylinder head, camshaft and induction system modifications. The engine can only inhale so much air because the atmospheric force that’s pushing air into the engine is only 14.7 lbs. per square inch at sea level. To make matters worse, atmospheric pressure decreases with elevation. Air density also decreases with temperature because hot air is thinner than cold air.
When you hear the name Cummins, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Most of the time, if you have any knowledge of trucks, a Dodge truck is the first thing that comes to mind. The Cummins diesel engine has always had a great reputation for reliable diesel power. Though the Cummins diesel engine can be found in many applications, it seems to obtain most of its credit from drivers of over the road trucks.
Back in the 1990s, GM wasn’t making too many waves in the diesel truck market. The 6.2L and 6.5L engines had been around for sometime, but they were no match for the release of the Cummins 6BT in the Dodge truck in 1989 and the Ford Powerstroke in 1994.
With the ability to increase fuel economy by up to 20% on gas vehicles and up to 40% on diesel vehicles, manufacturers have resorted to turbochargers to compensate for lowered engine displacement. Additionally, the improvements on turbocharging technology have increased the number of turbocharged vehicles on American roads. Some turbocharger manufacturers have even projected the number of turbocharged vehicles in the U.S. to quadruple in the next five years.
In recent years, the primary driving force behind engine innovation has been the never-ending quest for better fuel economy with little or no sacrifice in performance. Government regulations and rising fuel prices are forcing automakers to develop new technologies and powertrains that squeeze more power out of every drop of fuel while producing less pollution and greenhouse gas (carbon dioxide) emissions.
As gas prices remain high this summer driving season, Honeywell Turbo Technologies says it is working with auto manufacturers to meet the increase in demand for affordable and fuel-efficient downsized turbocharged engines.