Proper Turbo Identification and how to properly identify your turbocharger!

How to properly identify your turbocharger and other turbo rebuild service information: services, upgrades, and sells rebuild kits for A LOT of turbochargers. The best way to help us help you is to provide ALL of the information off the ID tag on your turbocharger upon initial contact. We recommend taking a clear picture of the identification plate and e-mailing it to Please also include the year, make, and model of the vehicle and the level of service you desire; rebuild kit, rebuild service, new CHRA or bearing housing, or, you’d like to upgrade your turbo to meet your goal of “X” HP efficiency. Our staff will happily research options and respond with pricing! If you don’t have the means of balancing your turbo locally, a rebuild kit may not be your best option.

Identification Tags will vary based off the manufacturer, but most turbocharger name plates can be found attached to the bearing housing itself, or etched into the compressor housing on a flat surface.

Here is an examples thanks to our friends at Garrett Motion:
turbo identification tag

Here is an examples thanks to our friends at BorgWarner:
turbo identification tag

Information on the nameplate

1) OEM part number: Part number given to the turbocharger by the vehicle/engine manufacturer.

2) Serial number: The serial number is unique to each single turbocharger. The number refers to the production date, etc.

3) BW part number: Part number given to the turbocharger by BorgWarner (former 3K/Schwitzer part number). This number is the most useful for all service purposes.

Please note that we request ALL numbers on the tag as in some cases, the model # may carry across multiple variations of production, but the serial # will identify the exact unit you have.

Before sending your turbo to us, we’ll need to collect the initial payment for the work requested as well as the return cost of shipping. An e-mail will be sent to you with a work order number along with shipping instructions so we know who the turbo belongs to and what needs to be done to it once it arrives at our rebuild center.

When shipping your turbo, we request you play close attention to your packaging. Bagging your turbocharger then boxing it in a durable cardboard box with dense foam insulation is the ideal way to ship it. We recommend the box allow for 2-3” of clearance around the turbo to allow for ample protection and padding. If you don’t have dense foam packaging available, still place the turbocharger in a thick plastic bag and surround it with clean rags or densely packed newspaper. Please DO NOT use packing peanuts! If shipping a supercore or CHRA, ensuring you have securely wrapped the wheels is most import. Dense bubble wrap secured with tape is a fantastic option to protect those expensive, delicate components.

Once your turbocharger is packed securely, selecting a carrier that offers a tracking # and insurance on your shipment is important. PLEASE insure your expensive turbocharger for replacement value and e-mail the tracking # to us once you have it! Any additional information you can provide us about your turbocharger and shipment will save us both time and simplify your repair.