Turbochargers | Turbocharger Parts


BWD is fully committed to the turbo market. Our current line has applications for passenger cars, light trucks, and medium duty trucks, which gives you the coverage you need. Scroll down to learn more about the turbo market and BWD's coverage and engineering. 

The Growing Turbo Market

Current CAFE standards have pushed auto makers to increase fuel economy on new vehicles. With the rapid introduction of new smaller displacement turbocharged engines, consumers get V8 power while maintaining V6 fuel economy. Here are some industry predictions for turbochargers by 2020:

The Upward Trend in Turbo Coverage

Turbo market

A Growing Market

Vehicle manufacturers are adding turbos at a double-digit rate. Over the next 5 years, the turbo market is expected to grow to more than 8 million turbocharged vehicles.

Why Turbo?

While Diesel passenger cars are the main consumers of turbos, gasoline-powered vehicles utilize them as well. Why turbo? Simple. Downsized engines are needed to meet new fuel and emissions standards. Turbos improve power and economy up to 40%.

Full-Line Coverage

Our extensive research has helped us determine the numbers you’ll need to compete in this market. Our coverage for Chevrolet/GMC,Ford/International Powerstroke, Dodge Sprinter, Dodge/Cummins, Audi/VW and Saab will be expanded to include new applications for Jeep, Chevrolet Cruze and Cruze Diesel, Chevrolet/GMC Duramax, Ford/International, Dodge/Cummins, Ford, Volvo, Subaru, Mazda, BMW, Mercedes, Mini, Fiat, and Porsche. Now that’s what we call full line coverage!

100% New Turbochargers

BWD's line of 100% new turbos means you can install with complete confidence. Each direct-fit replacement part ensures ease of installation, and we have parts for both gasoline and diesel applications. 

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New turbo

Rotating journal and thrust bearings 100% tested to meet OE performance

Turbo vacuum-operated actuator diaphragm constructed with high-grade rubber material to resist heat fatigue

Includes complete gasket kit for ease of installation

Quality-Remanufactured Turbochargers

Ford dealer-remanufactured turbos do not include an electro hydraulic control valve. Instead, the valve is sold separately as an additional part. In addition to new units, BWD offers remanufactured units that include the electro hydraulic control valve, eliminating the need to purchase separate parts.

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Reman turbo

Quality-remanufactured with components from our meticulously culled core inventory to ensure maximum performance

Comes with complete hardware kit for ease of installation

Includes new OEM electro hydraulic control valve attached to unit, eliminating need to buy separate part

How to Replace a Turbo on a 6.0L Powerstroke Engine

What you need to know:

Level of difficulty: ADVANCED
Approximate installation time: 3 HOURS
Tools needed: 1/4" ratchet, 8mm socket, 10mm socket, 10mm ratcheting end wrench, 3/8" ratchet, extension, 7/16" deep socket, 10mm socket, pry bar, pliers, screw driver
Vehicle used: 2003 Ford F350 Super Duty

Signs of a Damaged Turbo

Turbo failure

If you hear whistling noises coming from the turbo, it’s likely due to an air/gas leakage caused by pre-turbine exhaust gas or air/boost leaks. Your first course of action should be checking all of the joints. If the noise continues, check the part's clearances and wheels for housing contact.

If the rotor assembly has seized up or is difficult to rotate, the problem is likely tied to the degradation of the lubricating oil. When the oil degrades, it can lead to carbon buildup in the bearing housing interior. The carbon buildup will ultimately restrict rotation. Two other issues that can cause the rotor to seize up include insufficient or intermittent drop-in oil pressure and dirt in the lubricating oil. Another important detail to keep in mind is the specific axial and radial rotor clearances. Sometimes, the clearances can be misdiagnosed as worn bearings. In reality, clearances that are out of specification may be associated with a lubricating oil issue. Check for insufficient oil, dirt ingress, and oil contamination with coolant.

To determine if the part has been damaged by foreign material, inspect the turbine wheel or impeller. You will clearly see any foreign material that has entered through the turbine or compressor housings. If the blades are damaged, the turbo is already destroyed. Look for metal that has come off the turbo in the intake tubes. Metal particles in this area may indicate a damaged engine.

To learn more about turbo diagnosis, read our Tips for Diagnosing Turbos article. 

Turbo Actuator

On Ford 6.0L diesel engines, the turbo actuator (a.k.a. variable geometry turbo (VGT) control valve) controls the flow of exhaust gases through the turbo. When the part fails, the vanes can stick, causing the vehicle to lose power and generate too much or too little boost pressure. The end result is a damaged turbo. Our Turbo Actuator is a direct-fit replacement for the damaged OE part, so you get a part that fits and functions like the original. 

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Turbo Actuator

High-quality, direct-replacement part restores engine power and efficiency loss due to a clogged or burned out turbocharger solenoid

Includes mounting hardware for ease of installation

Precision-machined for optimum performance and long service life

Turbo Boost Solenoid

The turbo boost solenoid (a.k.a. wastegate solenoid) monitors the amount of boost generated in a turbo motor. Faulty turbo solenoids won’t properly monitor the amount of boost generated in a turbocharged motor, which will decrease the life of the turbo and motor. Our Turbo Boost Solenoid is a direct replacement that regulates the amount of boost being generated from stock or upgraded units.

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Turbo Boost Solenoid

Direct-fit OE replacement for ease of installation

Designed to restore proper wastegate function to maximize turbocharger boost pressure and engine performance

Includes mounting bracket for easy, direct-fit installation

Turbo Bypass Valve

The turbo bypass valve recirculates vented air back to the compressor inlet. Over time, OE valves can start to leak. To prevent future leaks, our Turbo Bypass Valve features an upgraded “710P” valve with a 14.4lb spring. The stronger spring helps the turbo spool up faster and maintain consistent boost pressure throughout the power band.

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Turbo Bypass Valve

Direct-replacement part restores proper turbocharger boost pressure

Upgraded “710P” valve with 14.4lb spring helps the turbo spool up faster and maintain consistent boost pressure throughout power band

High-quality polymer housing helps prevent cracking

Turbo Oil Drain Tube

Drain tubes on certain Ford vans and trucks are prone to premature rusting. To prevent rusting and improve durability, our Turbo Oil Drain Tubes are made with Zinc-plated cold-rolled steel.

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Turbo Oil Drain Tube

Zinc-plated cold-rolled steel provides superior durability and helps prevent rusting

Comes with new O-rings for ease of installation

How to Install a Turbo Oil Drain Tube

What you need to know:

Level of difficulty: ADVANCED
Approximate installation time: 3 HOURS
Tools needed: 5/16" 12 point socket, extension, 3/8" ratchet
Vehicle used: 2004 Ford F250 Super Duty

Turbo Boost Sensor

The Turbo Boost Sensor measures turbo manifold pressure to the ECM, and is used to calculate air density and the required fuel delivery for optimum combustion. If it fails, the system may not add fuel under boost and can result in loss of power and possible engine damage. 

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Turbo Boost Sensor

Turbo Speed Sensor

The Turbo Speed Sensor provides the ECM with a rotational speed reading in Variable Geometry Turbos, which helps prevent excessive turbo RPM’s that can cause turbo and/or engine damage.

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Turbo Speed Sensor