Your performance vehicle provides you with some of the most exciting experiences you can have, and there are very few things you can do that get the heart rate racing as much. But performance vehicles come at a cost, which is that you always want them to be delivering 100% of the power they have, or maybe even more than they were built with. This is where a number of different parts enter the picture to increase the power, including superchargers which can deliver sound and power.
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The engine in your vehicle does its best to provide you with a great deal of power, but a supercharger can make all the difference. Not only do they provide a great deal of extra power, but they also have a very distinctive sound that can ensure people hear you from blocks away. They work by running a belt directly from the camshaft to power a compressor, which compresses the air so that more of it fits into each cylinder. This causes more fuel to be used and dramatically increases the power your wheels will see, which of course improves the amount of fun you get.
Unlike a turbo, your supercharger will work from the second you put your foot on the accelerator, and this is because it runs with a belt connected directly to the crankshaft in the engine. Because of this, your supercharger is doing a lot of work, and it needs to be strong enough to handle it for a long time. Most superchargers are made from high strength steels capable of handling the hard work and seriously high temperatures both in the engine bay, and from the physical reaction of compressing such a large amount of air.
Of course, nothing is perfect and as strong as your supercharger is, it will still break down after years of service. The most common problem is with the belt, which is spinning constantly and can become worn just like any other belt. It only needs a small tear to eventually snap it, and this will stop the supercharger from working completely. The supercharger itself, and the compressor inside, can also struggle after a long enough period, which means it is no longer going to compress the air as much as is required.
These problems come with a number of symptoms, and identifying them quickly will help you to take early action before the problems become serious. Of course, visual inspections of the belt are important, and if you notice tears or cracks, you should consider replacing it quickly. If you discover the vehicle is no longer delivering you as much power as you were used to when the supercharger was new, or if the supercharger is no longer making the stunning noise you love, then you may have a problem with the compressor that requires replacement.