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Turbocharging basics – how to tell if your car engine is turbocharged 1
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Turbocharging basics – how to tell if your car engine is turbocharged

At AET, we’re really passionate about turbocharging – but we understand that not everyone feels the same way, and that lots of people simply aren’t interested in the technical side of motoring.

To some, cars are a necessity, designed to take them from A to B, and they have no interest in how they work, as long as they are working properly – and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!

However, when things go wrong, having a little bit of knowledge can help to ensure that you get the right, cost-effective fix for your engine, and don’t have the wool pulled in front of your eyes by unscrupulous mechanics.

In this brief, introductory guide, we take a look at some of the ways you can tell whether your vehicle’s engine has a turbocharger fitted to it.

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Spot the difference - comparing quality turbochargers with cheap imitations 1
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Spot the difference – comparing quality turbochargers with cheap imitations

Last month, we took a brief look into the risks of purchasing poor quality turbochargers and components – and learned why it’s always better and more cost-effective in the long run to opt for high quality parts.

This month, we take a closer look at some of the key differences between quality turbochargers manufactured by reputable, specialist companies, and cheap, sup-par turbos available from some online retailers.

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Turbo maintenance tips - all about the oil 1
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Turbo maintenance tips – all about the oil

At AET, we know that prevention is always better than the cure, and whilst we’re always here to help when things go wrong with your turbocharger, we understand you’d rather not have to use our services!

As the title suggests, when it comes to turbocharging maintenance, oil has a big part to play.

In this guide, we take a look at the importance of oil when it comes to looking after your turbocharger, and provide some handy maintenance tips designed to prolong the life of your turbo and keep it running at tip-top condition.

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Forget About the Label – Where big Automotive Brands get Their Turbochargers 1
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Forget About the Label – Where big Automotive Brands get Their Turbochargers

At AET, we do a lot of work with franchise car and commercial vehicle dealers, handling their out of warranty turbocharger repairs and replacements.

Naturally, dealers want to ensure that they get the right, high quality components for their vehicles, and sometimes ask if we use “official” or “branded” turbochargers in our repair work, which we do.

However, dealers are used to receiving components from their parent brand, supplied in branded packaging that clearly states that it’s manufactured specifically for their vehicle – and when it comes to turbocharging, things are a little different!

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Not All Turbos Are Created Equally – The Risk of Poor Quality Components 1
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Not All Turbos Are Created Equally – The Risk of Poor Quality Components

At AET, we’ve been working with turbochargers for 40 years – and in that time, we’ve developed a pretty comprehensive understanding about what makes a good turbocharger!

Unfortunately, there are a lot of poor quality turbochargers and components available, and it can be tempting for customers to opt for the cheapest product out there – but this is almost always false economy.

In this post, we take a look at the issue of poor quality components, and why it’s always better (and cheaper!) in the long run to opt for high quality parts.

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Power and Efficiency - The benefits of an ECU Reflash 1
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Power and Efficiency – The benefits of an ECU Reflash

Whatever vehicle you own, chances are that you want to get the most out of it when it comes to fuel economy and performance – but the reality is that the vast majority of vehicles on the road simply aren’t reaching their full potential.

In this post, we look at ECU remapping, and how making some simple changes to your engine software can be the most cost-effective way to improve the fuel economy and power of your vehicle.

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2014 - Year of the Turbo
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2014 – Year of the Turbo

We’ve been saying it for some time, but it bears repeating – turbocharging is the future!

More and more manufacturers are turning to the turbo in an effort to reduce emissions and maximise fuel economy, and 2014 looks like it could be the year of the turbo, with a number of fantastic new passenger vehicles coming to market.

In this post, we take a quick look at some of the upcoming turbocharged cars set for launch over the next 12 months.

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Turbo technology – turbocharger parts and what they do 1
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Turbo technology – turbocharger parts and what they do

There are a huge number of different turbochargers in use on diesel and petrol engines across a wide range of industries and applications. Whilst all these turbochargers are slightly different in terms of their size, shape and configuration, they all work in the same way, and share the same basic parts.

In this post, you’ll learn more about the different parts and components that make up a turbocharger, and find out what it is they do.

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Turbo timeline part three – the modern era 1
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Turbo timeline part three – the modern era

A couple of months ago, we published part two of our history of turbocharging, where we covered the rise of the commercial diesel engines, turbocharging’s impact on motorsport, and its arrival in the passenger vehicle market during the 70s and 80s.

In this post, we’ll be taking a look at the modern era, from the increase in turbocharged passenger vehicles during the 1980s, through the development of the technology during the 90s, and on to the turbocharged revolution that’s happening right now.

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Formula 1 turns to the turbo – new engine examined 1
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Formula 1 turns to the turbo – new engine examined

For 2014, Formula One is ripping up the current rulebook, and introducing some revolutionary changes designed to really shake up the sport.

Whilst there are new rules covering the chassis and fuel consumption, the biggest change (in our book at least!) lies with the engine. Next year, they’re ditching the naturally aspirated V8s, and replacing them with a smaller, turbocharged V6.

In this post, we take a closer look at the changes to the 2014 F1 engine, before analysing why they’ve done it, and giving our predictions about performance, standings and competition for the year ahead.

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Cold-weather care - winter turbo maintenance tips 1
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Cold-weather care – winter turbo maintenance tips

The temperatures have dropped and winter is most definitely here – and there’s nothing worse than your car breaking down and leaving you stranded in the cold weather.

All vehicle engines need to be looked after during the winter months, but there are some special steps you should take to help protect and prolong the life of your turbocharger.

Follow our handy guide to winter turbo maintenance, and make sure you don’t get left out in the cold this winter.

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Turbo timeline part two – on the road again 1
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Turbo timeline part two – on the road again

A few weeks ago, we posted ‘Turbocharged beginnings’ – the first part in a series of posts outlining the history of turbocharging. We covered the early years of the technology, from invention, through early aviation use, and up to the first turbocharged passenger vehicles.

This post starts where that one left off, and this week, we’ll be looking at the rise of turbocharging in commercial diesel engines, and the increase in popularity of the technology throughout the 70s and into the 80s.

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