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What is a turbocharger?

A turbocharger is a double sided turbine device that compresses incoming air turbochargerto add more air charge to the cylinder. More air plus more fuel equals more power from the same size cylinder, which allows engine designers to install a smaller engine in a vehicle while getting the same power.

The air compressor turbine is driven by a shaft connected to the exhaust turbine. Exhaust from combustion enters the exhaust turbine at a high velocity and spins the exhaust turbine.

Where is the turbocharger located?

The turbo is always located on the exhaust manifold. Some V-6 and V-8 engines have two turbos, one on each bank.


Turbocharger is located on the exhaust manifold

turbocharger airflow

Turbocharger airflow pattern

To learn more about the symptoms of a failing turbo, see this post
To learn what causes turbos to fail, see this post

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