Reconditioned Turbo & Turbocharger Reconditioning
Turbo Repair, Remanufactured or Reconditioned Turbocharger
If you have a faulty failed Turbo, then you obviously need it fixed, pretty simple right?
Not only do you have to be careful to ensure you use a reputable Turbo company, you need to know what you are getting for your money. Turbochargers are expensive and it’s easy to be caught out when having your Turbo rebuilt, remanufactured or reconditioned.
So what is a Turbo Repair, Turbo Rebuild / Reconditioned Turbo and Remanufactured Turbocharger?
Turbo Repair – A Turbo repair is exactly that, a repair. Your Turbo has failed, so a Turbo internal part is broken or worn. A Turbo repair is finding the damaged turbo component and changing it, nothing more. It’s the cheapest Turbo fix in the industry. The turbo unit is again operational and everyone’s happy. How long a Turbo repair lasts is an impossible question to answer, it’s simply how long until another worn turbo part fails.
Reconditioned Turbo or Turbo Rebuild – A Turbo rebuild or reconditioned turbo is where the complete turbocharger is completely stripped to each turbo component. Each Turbo part inc Compressor Housing, Turbine Housing, compressor wheel, Turbine shaft and wheel, Turbo bearing housing, heat shield and seal plate are inspected for wear and damage (this also includes the VNT nozzle variable vane assembly on VNT units) and then dimensionally checked to be inside OE tolerances, if not, then the worn Turbo parts are scrapped and replaced with New replacement turbo parts. In ALL situations, ALL the Turbo bearings and seals should be disposed of. A reconditioned Turbocharger should NEVER be rebuilt with used Turbo bearings and seals. Once all Turbo parts being reused are confirmed to be good to go again and worn turbo parts are disposed of and replaced with New replacement Turbo components then the Turbo Rebuild can be undertaken including balancing and turbo actuator calibration, resulting in a newly Reconditioned Turbocharger.
Remanufactured Turbo – A remanufactured Turbocharger is where the complete internal workings of the worn turbo are replaced with Brand NEW Turbo replacement parts. The only parts to be reused being the Turbo compressor housing and the Turbine housing along with the vacuum or electronic actuator. The internals commonly known as the Turbo CHRA or Turbocharger cartridge is replaced. A Turbo CHRA / Turbocharger Cartridge is the complete assembly and includes a New compressor wheel, seal plate, bearing housing, heat shield, Turbine shaft and wheel as well as ALL new bearings and seals. This Turbo CHRA is balanced and tested for noise and oil leaks before being fitted to the cleaned housings and then finally the Turbo actuator is recalibrated.
This is basically the difference between the various works that can be undertaken on your Turbo. Any reputable Turbocharger company will tell you exactly what your Turbo repair, Turbo rebuild / Reconditioned Turbo, Remanufactured Turbo has had replaced and what hasn’t. A remanufactured turbo for as little as £100 should set alarm bells ringing. Same as a Turbo repair for £250. In what can be a minefield in getting your Turbo back to life and the average person never really sure what they are getting for their money, many choose a Brand New Genuine Turbo instead for peace of mind.
At Turbo Rebuild we advise on what is the best turbo service for you after we complete a detailed inspection of the failed Turbo. If your Turbo is badly worn or damaged, then a Turbo repair is not the practical cure. At the same time, if you’re Turbo has 90% damaged turbo internals, It would be worth considering if reconditioning your turbocharger using a couple of old parts is cost effective as opposed to a fully remanufactured turbo for a little extra cost. It is impossible to advertise a rebuild for only £140 without being able to inspect the Turbo first. For this reason, we at Turbo Rebuild will NEVER give a price before inspection other than a worst case scenario. This way, you won’t have a surprise hike in price after you have sent your turbo away to be fixed.
From the large quantity of Quality Turbo Rebuilds we have completed over the years, £215 plus VAT is the average cost of a Turbo Rebuild aka reconditioned Turbocharger. For example, Most Garrett VNT Turbo units fitted to many of the TDi and Turbo Diesels vehicles on the road today average out to £215 plus vat to be reconditioned. If we have more of the Turbo components are reusable, the price will drop, and likewise more Turbo parts damaged, the cost will increase. A simple freshen up where only new bearings and seals are required on a non VNT T2 Garrett would be £150 plus VAT
Having been in the Turbocharger industry since the 1990s, this is where we feel we are the best people to advise on your turbo issues and the best people to get your Turbo reconditioned back to life. We have a small group of suppliers who only make the finest Turbo Parts. We have seen some shocking Turbo spares over the years and after years of testing and use, will only use Turbo parts we are sure match or exceed the quality of the Original Turbo parts. Of course if you only want the use of genuine replacement parts, then we together with our OE suppliers try our hardest to make this wish a reality.
As with all our workshop services, we can arrange the collection of your smoking failed Turbocharger and also the delivery of you new Reconditioned Turbo.