Reconditioned Turbo & Turbocharger Reconditioning
Turbo Repair, Remanufactured or Reconditioned Turbochargers
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 an 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 operational again 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, including Compressor Housing, Turbine Housing, Compressor Wheel, Turbine Shaft and Wheel, 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 commenced, 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 yurbo replacement parts. The only parts to be reused are 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, rebuild or 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 being unsure as to 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 solution. At the same time, if your turbo has 90% damaged turbo internals, it would be worth considering if reconditioning your turbocharger using several 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 reconditioned turbocharger. If more of the turbo components are reusable, the price will drop, and likewise the more turbo parts damaged, the greater the cost. A simple freshen up where only new bearings and seals are required on, for example, a none 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 failed turbocharger and also the delivery of you new reconditioned turbo.