In Reply to: Re: Failed Supercharger alert posted by dbruce on June 15, 2000 at 08:50:10:
: If that doesn't work, I would start calling Vortech. There superchargers have a very good rep and I doubt they want you running around telling everyone that it destroyed your engine and they would not pay for the fix. Vortech may have some warranty that pays for collateral damage......look around and bug as many people (in a nice way) at RMS and Vortech as you can. They may decide to pay just to get rid of you.
: : After my Vortech blower from RMS started making a horrible grating noise, and the car died, I had the blower pulled. As it turns out, the bearings when out on the fan so suddenly that parts of the fan blades sheared off from slapping the housing on the supercharger. These metal shards may have bent a valve or worse. The tip of the #6 spark plug was broken off and even after we put new plugs in, the car misses badly under acceleration. Unless the bigger Ford SVO injectors that came with the kit are making the car run way too rich, I f'd up my engine. Unfortunately, RMS says they only warranty the blower, and don't pay for collateral damage caused by the blower going up in smoke. That means I may be paying up to $1,500 for valve work. Just thought you guys ought to know.
Unfortunately, Vortech expressly excludes from warranty any of their superchargers used in third party systems. That is, they only warranty their superchargers when used in a kit which they themselves prepare and market, like one of the many Mustang kits they do. But for other applications like ours, dependant on a third party tuner to spec it, and surround it with the correct pieces for that application, I dont believe there is any protection from Vortech forthcoming.
I think he might have a better shot at telling RMS how 'active' he is in the M3 online community, and how several hundered forum and list members read his posts daily.