HHP Spotlight: About PurePower Diesel Engine Turbochargers

We've talked about the turbocharger on this blog before—and that's because they're a critical part of your engine! And we're excited to announce that Highway & Heavy Parts now carries the PurePower line of turbochargers, including turbos for your Ford, Dodge, and GM applications. But what makes these turbos so great? You're about to find out! (You can also watch our video to learn more.)




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About the Diesel Engine Turbocharger


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Your turbocharger plays a huge role in your diesel engine's performance and fuel economy, but it's working in the harshest conditions. You've got exhaust coming in on one side and compressed air going out on the other. Electronics on the engine measure both speed and the change in the displacement of the turbo. It's not something you want to go wrong!

By using the exhaust, your turbocharger takes an otherwise wasted source of energy and gives your engine more power. And let's be honest, isn't that what we all really want?

If you're interested in learning more specifically how the turbo converts exhaust into power for your engine, take a look at our blog post, which goes into a bit more detail.


Turbocharger Failure


Common Failures

Because of the harsh operating conditions, there are many things that can go wrong with your turbo, including:

  • Plugged Air Cleaners
  • Excessive Crankcase Pressure
  • Drain Line Restriction
  • Valve Guide Seals or Piston Ring Failure
  • Excessive Crankcase Pressure
  • Damaged Compressor Wheel
  • Damaged Turbine Wheel
  • Turbo Bearing Failure

This list is not exhaustive, so it's important to be on the lookout for signs your turbo is failing.


Symptoms of a Failing Turbocharger

If you think you have a problem with your turbo, you might see a lot of black smoke or lowered fuel economy, which are two of the most common indicators. But you might also notice:

  • Your Engine Running Hot
  • Poor Transient Response
  • Lack of Power
  • Blue Exhaust Smoke
  • High Oil Consumption
  • Noisy Turbocharger
  • Cyclic Sound From Turbocharger
  • Oil Leak from Compressor Seal
  • Oil Leak from Turbine Seal

Make sure you pay attention to the signs from your engine. For more details, read Turbocharger Failure Diagnostic Checklist.

One of these problems may lead you to need to replace your turbo. If that's you, check out some of the great benefits of a PurePower turbo!


PurePower Turbos

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One of the biggest advantages of the PurePower line of turbochargers is the 36-month unlimited mile warranty. You're probably thinking: "How can they offer a 36-month unlimited mile warranty?" And you're right to wonder. But let's talk about some of the testing they do, and you'll see why they are so ready to stand behind these turbos.

Before they put out a turbo, they complete an elaborate balancing process—a two-plane balancing that meets or exceeds OEM specifications. And all the wear components are going to be replaced, like your oil slingers and bearings.

The other thing that sets them apart is the complete end of line testing they perform. They're actually going to run this turbocharger up and make sure it's doing what it's supposed to. You know that when you install it, it's ready to go!


So if your turbocharger is acting up, giving you fits, throwing black smoke, or just not getting the boost you think it should, it might be time for a new turbocharger. The PurePower line of turbos could be just what you're looking for for your Ford, GM, or Dodge application.

Our certified techs can answer your turbo questions. Call them at 844-304-7688. Or request a quote online if you're short on time!

Originally Posted May 9, 2019; Edited July 29, 2019