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Old 09-25-2005, 12:36 PM
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Well Guys on my 01 SSEI supercharger belt is looking bad and I need to get a replacement the parts store around my parents place does not have one and it being Sunday my options are limited and I need to get back home today about 2 hours North. I dont want to take a chance of it busting and causing more problems as I drive, so I thought I could take off the belt and drive without supercharger back home and get a replacement. Any problems with this, I don't want to cause damage to my car or the supercharger please advise
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You can on a Series 2, but not on a Series 1. Yours will run like dog meat, but you can.
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Your car will NOT operate without the */C, or you will grenade the engine.
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luckily on the series II engine the supecharger belt is not essential for keeping the engine running. I'd just leave it on until you can find a replacement.. You CAN run without the belt but you'll notice about a 40% power loss when doing that. It'd be a lot slower than an NA Bonneville because the rotors inside the */C will act as a huge restriction and the gear ratio also. Just leave the belt on until you can find a replacement..
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Originally Posted by Chad Vollmer
Your car will NOT operate without the */C, or you will grenade the engine.
Quite untrue on the Series 2.

The only reason a Series 1 can't run without it is that the water pump runs off the same belt.
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You can run without the sc belt, I talked to one guy this summer and he had his off for over a month with no problems. Actually he said he got better fuel milage with it off?
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That'* gotta be BS. It would rob far too much power, which kills efficiency.
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I drove mine 600 KM without the SC while on my way back from Toronto. Even with the intercooler as an added restriction the car drove fine...and I did get considerably better mileage, probably because I didn't stomp on it as much.

Originally Posted by Chad Vollmer
Your car will NOT operate without the */C, or you will grenade the engine.
Please don't post such statements when you don't know the facts.

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WHen I bought the GTP, the guy was telling me he ran the car w/o the SC belt for about two weeks. The DIC had an average of 23 mpg. Before I even drove the car from his driveway I reinstalled it, now the DIC stays at about 20-20.5 mpg. I could care less about 3 mpg, because I have boost.
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