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How Do Turbochargers Work? | Charleston, SC


How Do Turbochargers Work?

More and more, vehicle manufacturers are relying on turbocharged engines to improve both performance and efficiency. These types of engines have increased in popularity over the years and are making their way into the used car market. Here is a basic rundown on how these engines work.

As a car drives, its internal combustion engines takes liquid fuel, burns it, and turns it into rotational motion that is used to power the components that make a car move. While this process uses a lot of that energy to turn the wheels, there is still a good amount of energy lost. This is where turbochargers come in.

A turbocharged engine has sets of fans that capture that wasted energy and air that is normally sent out of the exhaust and pushes it back into the engine for a boost of power. This is a more economical way to make a car more powerful without adding additional cylinders. You can see this as more V6 engines are being replaced by turbocharged four-cylinders.

The pairs of fans are connected on a rotating shaft. The first fan, called the turbine, starts to turn when the hot exhaust fumes blow past it. This, in turn, causes the second fan, called the compressor, to spin. The compressor fan draws air into car and pushes it down the cylinders.

We have a variety of turbocharged vehicles here at Mama’s Used Cars, so come see what is on the lot today!

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