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Old 10-09-2011, 03:05 PM
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I have a Paxton Novi centrifugal supercharger. It is lubricated from the engine oil obviously and i am wondering what, if anything, i need to do to protect this supercharger from the cold. PLEASe help
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I didnt do anything special with my vortech unit when I lived in Delaware. Just dont get into boost below 50*...the dense air will raise your boost levels and cause your car to run lean at WOT. Thats if the car hooks up on the cold pavement.

Another thing most of the people forget that Novi's and Vortechs used to be lubricated from the engine. Now, they make head units that are self lubricated.
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My supercharger is lubricated off of the engine oil though and temperatures get as low as 0*F in NY.
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1) Start car.

2) Let warm up to normal operating temps.

3) Drive like a normal human being. Don't hit boost, or it'll go lean like stanger00 said.

4) Keep waiting for spring to come so you can kick some *** again.
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My supercharger is lubricated off of the engine oil though and temperatures get as low as 0*F in NY.
I know it is. I was referring to your statement "It is lubricated from the engine oil obviously". Most people forgot that the older head units were lubricated from the engines oil system.

My vortech is fed oil from my motor and I lived in places where temps were in the single digits. If I were ever concerned I would of hooked up a heated oil plug to my car. I never did because it didnt need it. I did let my car warm up for about 10 minutes in the morning before I started my drive to work.
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so you do not think i have to worry about cold temps causing the supercharger to fail?
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so you do not think i have to worry about cold temps causing the supercharger to fail?
Nothing can fail as long as the oil running through it is warm and actually lubricating it.
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Maybe I just should of just said no.

No, you will not have issues.

If you are this concerned maybe you should consider putting a heating drain plug into your oil pan. Then at night plug that into a 115-120 volt source to keep your oil warm for morning start ups.


I have over 3 years in cold winters with my Vortech. My supercharger is 6 years old and has 33k miles on it no issues from cold starts in windchills below 0*
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Thanks for the help guys
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Anytime! Can't be too safe right?!?!
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