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Changed the supercharger oil...wow...

So last night I changed the oil in my MP62 supercharger after reading how many people found low oil or no oil at all. My MP62 I believe had about 30k miles on it. Not sure if the previous owners ever changed it. To my surprise, my supercharger actually had almost the correct amount of oil in it. It took me about an hour to get it all out with a syringe that I bought off amazon. I pulled out almost 100ml. I believe the supercharger takes about 118ml which is one bottle. It took many tries to get all of the oil out. Just when you think that you sucked out all of the old oil, more comes out when you maneuver the tube. You want to spend a good deal of time doing this to ensure that you got out all the old oil. Take a look at the pictures. The oil that came out was black. The new fluid is clear as water. I put back in the whole bottle which was 118ml.

By the way, if you do some searching, there are some people that had their superchargers trashed because of the lack of oil. It costs something like $1700 for a new one. Also in the install manual of the BWR kit, I believe it states to change the oil at 7k miles after break in.


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Damn! I changed the oil, filter and transmission fluid this weekend and now I have to do this? It's an endless journey.

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Wow. I didn't even know you had to change the SC oil...yet another thing on a long list of things to do with my car.
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Dood...........If you have time. Post a write up how you went about this and what references you used. Im sure a lot of us would like to see it.

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Dood...........If you have time. Post a write up how you went about this and what references you used. Im sure a lot of us would like to see it.

Thanks! and Good Job!

If you guys think it will be helpful, then I can maybe take some photos and maybe a video. I was going to do this last night but it was dark so it wouldn't be productive. I won't be touching the car till next weekend so I'll try to do it then. But it really is super easy.
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If you guys think it will be helpful, then I can maybe take some photos and maybe a video. I was going to do this last night but it was dark so it wouldn't be productive. I won't be touching the car till next weekend so I'll try to do it then. But it really is super easy.
I for one would be grateful.

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you can come help me do it on mine. ill do the picture taking
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I would absolutely appreciate a write-up with pics!
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did you drive yet after replacing the oil? just wondering if you noted a difference or not.

is that the same oil blackwatch racing sells?

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is that the same oil blackwatch racing sells?
You can get AC Delco supercharger oil at nearly any GM dealer. It's standard fill for the supercharged Grand Prix GTP's. The kind I've used is in a cylindrical bottle, 4 oz. per bottle.
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did you drive yet after replacing the oil? just wondering if you noted a difference or not.
Curious about this too and would also be grateful for a nice write-up.
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Hey guys I'll go through the thread and try to answer as many questions later. I might have some time to snap a few pics as well since I'll be getting off work a little bit early today. By the way, what prompted me to do the oil change was due to a thread started by Drfatz on this forum and also reading many other forums. Apparently the mp62 is known to have oil leaking issues and many people aren't aware of it. I believe Drfatz had to get a new supercharger because his was damaged from the lack of oil. It's also been reported on other forums as well.

Also I have the BWR250 kit but the procedure is the same. In the installation manual of the BWR kit, they advised to flush it at 7k miles initially after break in.
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Hey guys, here is a video I made. Hope it helps. I know that some people said that you need to remove the entire supercharger to drain and refill it. However, I got excellent results just by using a syringe. As you can see in the video, after running the car for 30 minutes, the oil came back out clear which tells me that I got pretty much all of the old oil out.


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you can come help me do it on mine. ill do the picture taking

It's hard for me to find time since I'm always on a busy schedule. However, it is quite easy to do. Just watch my video and you'll see.



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did you drive yet after replacing the oil? just wondering if you noted a difference or not.

is that the same oil blackwatch racing sells?
I drove it after for 30 minutes and honestly it felt the same. However, that is like asking if you feel the difference after changing your engine oil. I'm sure if you were low to begin with, then there may be a difference. But mine was never low. I guess your mileage may vary.

The oil are all the same. The cheapest I found was on Amazon but your local Chevy dealership also carries it. Give them the part number 12345982 and ask to check if they have stock.
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thank you

I just looked at BlackWatch and it's a different oil. It's synthetic.

I'm guessing what's in there from the factory is not synthetic, but anyone's guess is as good as mine.

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thank you

I just looked at BlackWatch and it's a different oil. It's synthetic.

I'm guessing what's in there from the factory is not synthetic, but anyone's guess is as good as mine.

Good to know! I just used the factory fill.
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Thanks Nessal!

shay2nak, maybe we should do this sometime.

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just confirming it's this plug that I unscrew and syringe the fluid out of.

the one with the slight yellow paint mark on there.
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