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Counterfeit Turbochargers – Who Would Have Thought?

When we think of counterfeiters, we picture a green-visored man, his hands covered in ink, sitting in a rented hotel room printing out $50 bills.

Or cheap imitations of luxury watches, made out of tin and guaranteed to keep time for the next five minutes.

We generally don’t think about counterfeit turbochargers, but they’re part of the emerging problem of misrepresentation enabled in large part, by the Internet.

You would be unlikely to purchase diesel engine components out of the back of a van in the parking lot of your local shopping mall, or from a sketchy looking character in an alley, but you might be tempted to order from a very legitimate looking website offering a great deal on a product with a stellar reputation.

Beware! A counterfeit turbocharger unit may look and seem like “the real thing”, but is highly unlikely to perform in the same way. A knock-off turbo is likely to be unable to withstand the same use as the part it’s imitating, and could fail catastrophically. This failure could cause damage to your engine or other parts of your vehicle. In a worst-case scenario, grenaded parts could exit the engine compartment and actually cause physical harm to the driver, mechanic, or an innocent bystander.

Like that luxury item sold for $20 in a back alley, looking like the real thing and “being” the real thing are two different things. Always buy your parts from a reputable distributor and if a deal seems like it’s too good to be true, it probably is. If you think you might have purchased a counterfeit turbo, make sure you have it inspected by someone who can tell you if it’s genuine or not right away, before it fails.

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Turbocharger’s future in North America

North America‘s turbo ‘revolution’

The change in the market in North America – led by Ford – is particularly remarkable; in 2008, there were no turbocharged petrol engines made in North America, all previous turbo-fitted engines having been imported. The first North American built turbocharged petrol engine was fitted to the Lincoln MKS which used the first North American EcoBoost engine. This engine has since been fitted to the Ford Flex, Explorer and most significantly the F-series pick-up trucks.

“GM has been somewhat behind Ford in terms of the fitment of turbochargers, but it is slowly going down the same route,” said Ian Henry. “It has already started on this journey – the 2012 Cadillac XTS had a turbo option on the 3.6 litre V6 engine. GM is however also working on improving the fuel efficiency of its naturally aspirated engines and has claimed that it can achieve similar fuel efficiencies gains to those available with turbochargers through other means.”

“The impetus at Chrysler will come from Fiat’s MultiAir programme,” adds Henry.

The CAFE rules announced in 2012 will force GM and Chrysler to accelerate their use of fuel saving technologies such as turbochargers and a large part of the increased volumes which will be seen in the next few years and into the 2020s come from the widening take-up across these VMs, Ford having led the way.

According to just-auto’s QUBE data, North America currently has a turbo fitment rate below 20% but by the late 2020s, if not before, its fitment rate will be much closer to that of Europe, at close to 75%.

Best Regards,

Kenny Taylor
General Manager
Melett North America, Inc