How’s your exhaust? Get the lowdown on Turbochargers and Superchargers. All car-owners want to save money. Whether it be trading in a gas-powered vehicle for a hybrid (vice versa), or whether it be choosing between a turbocharger and a supercharger. Turbocharger and supercharger – cool names, huh? A turbo or turbocharger is simply an air compressor that is powered by the engine’s exhaust. The exhaust that the engine let’s out is still packed with energy! Instead of wasting it, the vehicle can use it to power the turbocharger, which in turn reuses the exhaust gasses and pressurizes the engine’s intake and cylinders, thus boosting the vehicle’s power, while the compressor wheel separates the exhaust supply from the fresh, clean air supply. Some cars have more than one turbocharger, but this doesn’t affect the way they operate. A supercharger, does pretty much the same thing, but in a different way. They’re usually located on top of the engine. Instead of using the engine’s exhaust to operate, it uses the engine’s accessory drive belt, just like an alternator, air conditioning compressor or power steering pump would. They’re different on the insides too. The turbocharger uses a turbine-like assembly and manufacturers who use it appreciate the flatter power curve and the increased low-end. On the other hand, a supercharger uses a compressor with a twin-screw style assembly and even at lower revs, it boost engine output quite well, while the turbocharger needs higher revs to do that. Turbochargers and supercharges help you get the best out of your engine’s performance and improves your vehicle’s fuel-efficiency. If you are in Ottawa and you need help providing the best care and getting the best performance from your vehicle, you can give us a call. If you need our services in battery boosting, tire changes, oil changes, mobile car repairs or more, then give us a call to book your mobile vehicle services today. We also repair and tune-up small engines such as lawn mowers and snow blowers. The best part is that we can come to you! So, you don’t have to wait in line anymore or travel back and forth to fix your vehicles and small engine equipment. Call now!