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Anyone here run an externally lubricated Vortech in the winter??
I just installed the Vortech V3 non-intercooled and having buyers remorse. Despite reading the install manual a month in advance and everything else.. the warning I got about winter usage was not until AFTER the install from their little pamphlet. Now, I have to tap into the oil pan and run externally lubed.
My question is, whats the difference between internally and externally lubed?? the oil is going to be just as cold internally or externally lubricated. Sure, it may heat up as the engine warms, but it's still going to be very cold on start up. I can use an engine block/or oil heater over night, but when I am parked at work for 8 hours or whatever, it'll just end up getting very cold again.
Its not the driving that kills the blower.. it's that start up when the oil is cold.
Now what? I'd hate to pull the blower every winter and re-install it every spring.. gonna be a big headache when the intercooler comes around and I have to do all this crap to it...
Does twin screws also have this issue?
cannot afford a beater, and no garage for storage...
what to do?!?!?!!?!?!?!
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dude.. I am seriously just gonna pull the blower every winter and re-install it every spring. Very easy to do now, just time consuming. Gonna be a pain in the butt when I get that intercooler though...
-engine block heater would help, (extension cord at work)
-youre kind of sol without a heated garage. i just bought a beater to drive in the winter when the vortech and the rest of the parts are hiding from minnesota winters
-some guys have reported driving all winter without any problems on their vortech setups, so im not sure how much of a huge issue it really is
lol the parking lot at work is about a 1/4 mile and park about half way in between.
I haven't heard of anyone driving with vortechs in the winter, I did not know to research this issue. should have made sure though. It gets freezing cold up here in alaska.. I know I shouldn't be driving the GT during the winter but I have no choice..
well, I may have to use a 12 v nitrous heater. I'll end up using an extension cord, an possibly an extra battery located in the trunk.. not sure how long it'll last though, having to plug it in every day at work. At home I can just plug it in at my house. I am looking for one that can sit directly on the blower unit and not have to modify. The problem with some is that it might mess up the electronic connections around it. Better yet, I might just yank it for the winter.. this is ridiculous.. I wish I had some sort of warning before hand...
Last edited by stealth_GT; 04-28-2010 at 08:21 PM.
That is B.S.
They should have made that info VERY clear before you purchased it if you ask me.
Then again if they did they might cut their sales down a crap load.
You would figure they would come out with some sort of kit or something for this issue themselves though.
Not doing that is just flat out lazy if you ask me.
Thats true. I read the install cover to cover for MONTHS before purchasing it, and only until I installed the kit and cleaning out the box did I notice the little envelope for the warranty and warning/maintence packet at the bottom of the huge box. If I had known about this issue, I would have went with the E-Force or supershaker.
From what I gathered, this kit should be okay because its self lubricated and not the externally lubed one. I almost went a step backwards thinking that if I converted it to externally lube and use an oil pan warmer would fix it.. not! Its because during cold weather, the oil is too thick and not flowing to the supercharger unit (external lubed,oil tap w/line) and on start up, theres no oil= boom!
Since mine already has oil in it, it should be okay. negative 25 is pretty friggin' cold anyways.. hasn't been that cold since the mid 90s up here, getting warmer actually. -10 is the coldest it's been...
Ok, I live in Ohio, gets pretty cold in the winter, I had "0" problems with my V3 all winter. Now, I will say that when I have started it up when it was cold out, I let it run for a few before going. And lastly, I was rarely in boost, if you take it easy on the motor, the motor will take care of you.
I can't possibly imagine taking the S/C on and off every spring/fall....god that would suck.
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Originally Posted by UPRSharad
It's crazy that there are zillions of people out there driving on the stock stuff and perfectly content about it.
Is this just with the Vortech or does this happen with other superchargers as well? Just wanting to know because I'm in the market and just got an assignment to southwest Illinois and I know it gets cold there.
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