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Old 06-08-2003, 02:55 PM   #11
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I changed the supercharger fluid today. I jacked the side of the car up on the driver'* side when I did it. I didn't have to do the flush like you guys were talking about though, I was able to get all the fluid out the first time I think. When I filled the supercharger back up it took two entire bottles to fill it, so I must have gotten all the fluid out the first time I sucked it all out. And yeah, that fluid was NASTY. that **** is the worse smelling stuff I have EVER smelled in my life. I just about threw up after I did it. (I had just ate breakfast when I changed it. lol) I suggest you all do it if you've never had it done.. The new fluid was a clear color, the fluid that came out of my supercharger was thick, gunky, and was BROWN/Snot yellow. I think I got the fluid level back to the top of the bottom threads, it is hard to tell. I know that I didn't put in too little.. if anything I put probably more than it needed. I don't think that it would hurt anything though.

One last question, how long do the supercharges on the Series II engines usually last? I don't want to have to replace this thing anytime soon.. it currently has 97,000 miles on it. Do the superchargers wear out differenty depending on the way you drive the car?
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Yes, they wear differently. Usually the coupler goes bad inside the head unit. Other problems are less frequent. What usually happens is that parts of it need to be replaced. Keep the fluid level maintained to avoid catastrophic failures.
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If properly cared for (even if you're running an aftermarket pulley) that Blower should outlast your drivetrain. SHOULD. There are exceptions to everything. Most run forever.

If your fluid was that nasty, I'd strongly suggest you change the oil again in a couple weeks.
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i just changed my */c oil and it'* still black ! i think i didn't get all the oil out cause i was using too thick of tubing , but i'll do it again
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I have relatively new super charger, about 15,000 k miles now. A couple of weeks ago, i bought a bottle of SC fluid to top it off. They DIDNT have it in stock! i had to order it! The first one went bad cause it burned the bearings up. I wanted to make sure i am protecting my new 1200.00 dollar investment so i am checking now at regular intervals. When i checked it, it looked like it was almost to the bottom of the threads. I decided to squirt a little in- Oops! a little too much! So i went and got the hose off my small aquarium stone cleaner thingy, and it fit perfectly into the SC hozel. i was going to just remove the little i needed to get out but it was BROWN and smelled NASTY! It smelld like burnt vinegar. It also had tiny little metal particles floating in it. So, i said screw this, SIphoned the entire load out, but i didnt jack the car up either. I only had one bottle of SC fluid and being that i already used a little that i had to suck back out, i didnt want to be short by completely draining it.

Moral to the story is: if you have a smaller pulley or just frequently sharpen your toe nails in your radiator fan, then you better check your SC oil twice as much as the recommended maintenance suggests in the manual.
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Why do you jack up the drivers side of the car? If you are trying to get all the oil out it makes sense that you would jack up the passenger side of the car, since the oil goes into the snout and not the blower. The plug is right at the edge of the space for the oil. Jacking up the drivers side of the car is going to make you get less out.
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Hey Guys,

well I changed my SC oil the other day. I drove the drivers wheel up a ramp and that was fine. I drained out all the old oil and it was black and nasty.

I was surprised that the SC oil bottles are only 4oz in size. They are small. I was expecting a pint or something.

I also didnt realize the new oil is clear ! Almost like vegetable oil. So anyway, I put the new oil in (1 bottle) and ran it for a 5 mins. Then drained it again. That drained oil was darker already, almost like Coke or Pepsi. Must have been dirty in there.

So I then refilled it with the 2nd bottle. Dont get that stuff on your hands, its VERY bad for you..

Anyway, my question is that its supposed to hold 4oz of oil, and its also supposed to come up to the bottom of the thread in the fill hole. But each time I drained it, I got 4oz out, and then I filled it with 4oz and its way below the thread line. Should I add more ?

Does anyone know the SC oil capacity for a 97 SSEi ?

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Not sure on the capacity, but it'* almost impossible to get it all out. That'* why I suggested the flush procedure. If you're not to the threads, add more.
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I went through my manual, and they recommend to change the oil every 30,000 miles. I'm on my way to do mine (just bought the car), because I don't think it'* ever been done.
I was also wondering about life expectancy of these blowers.
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It should outlast your entire drivetrain. Twice. With the exception of the coupler, which is designed to be the weak spot to protect the rest of the blower.

If you use something other than the reccommended fluid, it'* your risk. Most (if not all) failures are due entirely to lack of lubrication changes at scheduled intervals. Even the dealerships overlook this, due to the oddity of a SC car.......or the fact that it'* a PITA to do sometimes.
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