I have a 1998 Buick Regal GS with the 3.8L SC engine. It has 50k miles.
At idle, I get a clanking which is clearly coming from the supercharger.
This is a new occurrence (about two months). The noise disappears as I
come off idle. It's worse at low idle (such as turning the steering wheel
when stopped, or running the A/C). Is 50k miles a typical wear-out
mileage for the supercharger? (SC oil has been checked and topped
regularly by the dealer). This car is a creampuff and has been babied by
Is the supercharger a serviceable unit, or is it generally replaced
in-whole? What would a dealer's typical charge be for this replacement?
I know Joe's backyard garage can save me some $$$, but my wife wants