Chrysler Returning to Turbo Encabulators for 2016

encabulatorFiat Chrysler Automobiles is planning to incorporate turbo encabulators on all North American production models beginning in 2016, the company has announced. Report follows.   



Recent efforts by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to meet impending emissions and fuel economy mandates, including Multiair technology and the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission, have proven inadequate, company sources indicate. As a result, FCA is dusting off turbo encabulator technology last used on Chrysler products in the ’80s, at that time with decidedly mixed results.

Industry veterans will recall these early turbo incabulators. Many of the units were plagued with reliability issues, primarily in the spurving bearings, and prone to clunk. How FCA has addressed these issues has yet to be revealed. In the next-generation technology, front-drive Chrysler models will employ conventional turbo encabulators, reportedly, while rear-drive and AWD applications will incorporate reverse-bias, counter-rotating units, also known as retro encabulators.

Below is an original 1980s Chrysler video tutorial with a plain-language explanation of the crude analog encabulator units then in production.


5 thoughts on “Chrysler Returning to Turbo Encabulators for 2016

  1. Brilliant Mac’s MCG. This is truly great work. Thanks for lifting the day.

  2. Hope they don’t have the same problem they did with the original design. The goesinta and the goesouta kept getting reversed by the gaflinka valve.

  3. If they had properly addressed the muffler bearing issue at the time, there would not have been the plethora of problems that arose. Fortunately there was an aftermarket solution offered by a former Chrysler lot boy called the Kerflunkel Valve which redirected the excessive rotational forces directly to the spinning thingy, thereby eliminating the need for a force dampener. The only downside was the elimination of the turn signal fluid reservoir due to space requirements. Unfortunately it came out too late and only a few were fitted. They are quite rare these days with NOS examples going for ten’s of dollars.

    (that was hard to type with my tongue pressed that firmly into my cheek)

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