What to know about the Supercharger Belt:
Many conventional cars work with superchargers. It is an air pump that increases airflow in an internal combustion engine. By forcing more air into the engine during each intake cycle, it burns more fuel and does extra work. In order to pull in that extra air, superchargers rely on a belt that attaches to the supercharger drive pulley to your vehicle’s crankshaft. When the engine is running, there is a direct correlation between the amount of air being pumped into the engine and the RPM’s. At higher revolutions per minute, more air is forced into the engine. If the supercharger belt breaks or is damaged, it will not produce the proper amount of air for the engine to run efficiently. The engine light may come on and the fuel consumption will dramatically increase.
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Facts to Note:
Most cars don’t require a supercharger to run, so a dysfunctional belt does not pose any immediate danger.
If the supercharger belt breaks, there may be another defective part such as a seized supercharger pulley.
How to Fix:
The battery is disconnected and the belt routing is noted
The faulty supercharger belt is removed
The new supercharger belt is fixed
The battery is reconnected
The vehicle is started and checked for functionality of the supercharger belt and system operation
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The supercharger belt should be examined at every service interval as part of a comprehensive inspection. If the belt is in poor condition or is missing, have one of your expert mechanics change it.
Common symptoms indicating you may need to change the Supercharger Belt:
Sudden loss of power
Flapping noise under the hood from a shredded or broken belt
Check Engine light is on
Fuel efficiency suddenly drops
Importance of this service:
The supercharger belt aids produce extra power for your engine. Although your power production will be significantly reduced if it is missing or damaged, it is not critical to have it changed straightaway.