As vehicle manufactures are required to improve corporate average fuel economy, they are looking to a host of technologies to meet government mandated targets and make enough 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 means more power from a relatively small engine which delivers good fuel economy.
That’s why you’re seeing more and more turbo- and super-charged engines available. 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 could burnout the bearings. The best thing you can do for your turbocharger or supercharger is to change your oil on schedule.
In addition to strictly following the oil change schedule, you should always use a high-quality oil of the type recommended by the manufacturer. Use the correct weight – and if the owner’s manual says to use synthetic oil – use synthetic oil.
In a turbo or supercharged engine, the air induction system will have a lot of air passing through it. Have an air induction cleaning service performed as recommended. And remember to change your air filter when needed.
Another important factor is the proper grade of fuel. These engines experience extra pressure in the engine as the fuel and air is compressed. Using fuel with too low of an octane rating could cause premature detonation which can lead to expensive damage.
Servicing turbos and supercharged engines requires a well-qualified shop. We are honored to help you take care of your family’s vehicles.
Some advanced turbocharged four-cylinder engines are delivering more horsepower than big V-8s did just a few years ago – and they get great gas mileage. But these benefits come with the cost of strictly adhering to recommended maintenance schedules – especially oil changes. At Four Star Auto Service in Minneapolis we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Call us at 612.378.9561. To learn more about NAPA AutoCare, visit www.NAPAAutoCare.com.