As vehicle manufactures are required to improve CAFE (corporate average fuel economy) standards, they look to a host of technologies to meet government mandated targets and still produce enough engine power. One of those technologies is forced air induction. In familiar terms, this means using turbochargers and superchargers to force more air into the engine. More air can convert to more power from a relatively small engine to deliver advantageous fuel economy. This is the reason we see more turbo and supercharged engines on the market.

Turbochargers use exhaust from the engine to spin an impeller that compresses the air sent to the engine. Superchargers are driven by a belt connected to the engine’s crankshaft. Chargers that are powered by an electric motor are on the near horizon.

These turbos and superchargers spin at very high RPMs. Their bearings require a steady supply of clean oil for lubrication and protection. A bit of oil sludge blocking that passage can burn out the bearings. The best thing you can do for your turbocharger or supercharger is to change your oil on-schedule. You should always use a high-quality oil recommended by the manufacturer, and only use synthetic oil if stated in the owner’s manual.

These engines experience extra pressure in the engine as the fuel and air is compressed. Using fuel with too low an octane rating could cause premature detonation, which can lead to expensive damage.

In a turbo or supercharged engine, the air induction system has serious air passing through. Have an air induction cleaning service performed as recommended and remember to change your engine air filter when needed. Servicing turbos and supercharged engines require a well-qualified service center. We are honored to help you take care of your vehicle needs.

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