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Why Some Industrial, Agricultural, Truck and ATV/UTV Engines Have Turbochargers

August 15, 2017

If you’re planning on (i) purchasing a new truck, car, or four-wheeler, or (ii) fixing up an older vehicle, it’s important to understand the benefits of a turbocharged engine versus a naturally aspirated engine.

Here are a few questions we’re often asked by our customers:

What is the purpose of a turbochargers ?

Turbochargers are designed to increase the power output and efficiency of the engine.

They also yield more complete fuel combustion (i.e. they burn fuel with more oxygen), resulting in lower polluting emissions.

How do turbochargers work?

Turbochargers are incredibly efficient in that they utilize exhaust gasses, a byproduct of the combustion process. These gasses drive a turbine compressor wheel, which can spin up to 100,000 revolutions per minute.

The resulting compressed air is forced back into the engine’s cylinders, allowing more fuel to be burned.

Are turbochargers more expensive than naturally aspirated engines?

There are two things to consider here, namely purchase price and operating costs.

Given the same horsepower output, the cost of a turbocharged engine is similar to a larger, aspirated engine (i.e. an engine which does not rely on forced induction); however, because turbocharged engines are considerably more efficient, operating costs are much lower in the long run.

Do turbochargers require maintenance?

Like anything else in your vehicle, yes. At nFLOW, we recommend having your turbocharger inspected during regular maintenance service intervals, such as routine oil changes.

Turbocharger failures can be costly (and can often require expensive engine repairs), so make sure you contact nFLOW in the event of a defect. Our team of experts will be able to provide the most cost effective solution to the problem.

In conclusion, turbocharged engines are superior to naturally aspirated engines in both efficiency and performance. When weighing the long term operational costs, turbocharged engines can also save you a considerable amount of money.

At nFLOW, we are a leader in the turbocharger and fuel systems market and are capable of servicing most makes and models of turbochargers.

Questions? Contact nFLOW at or 812.402.8282!

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