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Turbo and Supercharger

Fuel and Air Intake

Description

A turbocharger uses an exhaust-gas driven turbine wheel, which drives a compressor wheel to boost air delivery to the engine. A supercharger uses mechanically driven rotors, usually from a belt, to boost air delivery to the engine.

Purpose

Turbochargers and superchargers enable increased burning of air and fuel by forcing more of it into the engine's cylinders, thereby improving an engine's breathing characteristics.

Maintenance Tips/Suggestions

Check your car's owner's manual for maintenance requirements of the turbocharger or supercharger. The turbocharger or supercharger on your car's engine will last for many thousands of kilometres if cared for properly through a regular engine maintenance regimen. This includes regular oil and filter changes, engine performance check-ups, and cooling system maintenance. If you notice that engine performance drops off, that the engine is using oil, or notice other problems with coolant temperature or oil pressure, it's wise to have these looked into as soon as possible by a qualified professional.

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