GSF Car Parts are developing their new turbo hose range to meet rising aftermarket demand from garages looking to profit from these repairs.
Vehicle manufacturers chasing higher fuel efficiency, combined with UK road tax incentives to reduce CO2 emissions, have seen turbo charged diesel engines rise rapidly in popularity.
In fact, just 11% of UK cars were diesel in 1998, but the proportion has risen every year since to nearly 37% today. And since 2012, 1 million new diesel registrations have been arriving each year – now slightly exceeding new petrol vehicles.
More turbo cars, means more turbo hose replacements, but the aftermarket isn’t yet maximising the potential according to GSF.
“We know a lot of garages replacing turbo hoses are still just sourcing straight from the VM dealer networks,” said Jonny West, Managing Director of GSF Car Parts. “When customers realise we’ve got a range for the aftermarket, there’s a lot of interest as there are significant cost savings available.”
With the emphasis on quality, GSF car parts’ growing range relies heavily on a number of German brands with OE matching quality pedigree, including VAICO, Bugiad, Metzger, MEYLE and Topran.
Turbo hoses can perish, block or burst, either simply due to age, or because of demanding engine bay conditions where they may be subjected to extreme temperature variation, moisture, vibration and even chaffing.
Problems with turbo hoses can cause a range of general symptoms including loss of power, more noise, as well as excess smoke or increased oil consumption. These aren’t immediately easy to reference back to a faulty hose.
But with turbo replacements being so expensive, the stakes are high when it comes to getting the diagnosis right; leaking or split air intake hoses can lead to turbo failure by causing the turbo to over-rev and over-boost.
For more information or to check price and availability, please contact your local branch of GSF Car Parts.