How to change your GM 3800's supercharger oil
Really easy! Takes no more than 30 minutes to do. Everything you need is
less than $30 with the right tools.
Supercharger oil: 4oz bottles are
$10-$12 at your local GM dealership. Need 2 bottles. You only need 6 out of
Vacuum pump: usually a free rental at some auto parts stores(such as
autozone) but some lack the cup. Tool costs around $30 to buy
Buy a inexpensive trigger spray bottle. Put the hose end of the trigger in
the Supercharger and spray into the
bottle. Takes longer, but is cheap!
How to change a thermostat on a GM 3800, the fastest way
This is the way I like to change the thermostats on the 3.8 liter engines.
The main difference is how I manage getting the cooling system "drained" to
swap it out. It saves quite a bit of time.
This applies to any GM 3.8 L / 3800 Series I II III (One, Two, or Three) 1,
2, or 3.
L36, L26, L67, L32
Common vehicles with the 3800:
Pontiac: Grand Prix, Bonneville, Firebird
Chevy/Chevrolet: Impala, Monte Carlo, Camaro
Buick: Regal, LeSabre, Park Ave, Century, Riviera, Reatta
How to find a vac leak on a series I Supercharged 3800 L67
I simple way to find a large vacuum leak on the series I supercharged 3800
(3.8l) found in many GM vehicles. GM put out a TSB about a failed gasket
between the Supercharger and lower
intake manifold for this engine. The conditions seen are a check engine
light P0141 and/or P0171 for a low signal on the oxygen sensor and a lean
condition. It usually causes the engine to run bad and idle high. Hope
3800 Series 2 Modding Basics
Mods and Vendors list
Short Stack Intercooler
UD Water Pump Pulley
UD Alternator Pulley
Solid Motor Mounts
3 Inch Downpipe
Shortened Dog Bones
Rear Strut Tower Brace
Aeroforce Scan Gauge
3 gauge Pod
Throttle Body Heat Shield
Throttle Body Spacers
Ebay user "American Superchargers"
Modular Pulley System
All other parts not listed were purchased at various auto parts stores,Ebay
users I dont remember and Walmart.
"TURBO-STEVE" exits in his "new" 1987 Turbocharged/Intercooled Buick V6 Regal! 6-9-2013
Self-Explanatory video. THE BUICK V6 turboCHARGED/INTERCOOLED 231 CUBIC INCHED
SEQUENTIAL FUEL INJECTED G-BODY REGAL IS A TORQUE-MONSTER!
To those of you that haven't experienced the acceleration of a 1987 turbo/Intercooled V6 Buick Regal ... I wish
you were actually in the Rav-4 as I tried my BEST to follow Steve ... to
SEE HIS BUICK FISHTAIL AS THE GARRETT turboCHARGED BEGAN TO BUILD Boost! This Buick even smoked the rear tires
when the Garrett built Boost going
into 2nd gear.
This was recorded at The 2013 Floyd Bennet's Field Muscle Car Show.
The video taken prior to this one that's uploading right now ... is of a
walk-around of "turbo-STEVE'S" 1987 turbocharged/Intercooled V6 231 c.i.d.
Buick Special-T ... or "T-Special," or "turbo-T Regal."
UPDATES to follow.
HOW TO CHANGE THE SUPERCHARGER OIL ON A GM 3800 SERIES II V6
just a quick instructional video of how to properly change the Supercharger oil on your 3800... some people say
just to re-top off your Supercharger,
but many owners as well as a good number of master mechanics ive talked to
about it that worked on these cars, they say to full out replace it by
draining it and putting new oil in, simply because if you know anything
about oil youd know that it breaks down over time especially because of
heat and friction. new oil handles it better and keeps it properly
lubricated and cooler temperature. old oil will be dirty, maybe burned,
and possibly ineffective if broken down enough over time. which method you
trust is up to you, im not saying either method is right or wrong, this one
just makes more sense to me, therefore thats the one i do on my car so we
made the instructional video for this, if you choose simply to top off your
oil, do all the same steps just dont empty the old oil first.
"How To" GM 3800 V6 (3.8L) Starter replacement
BE SURE TO DISCONNECT BATTERY SO YOU DO NOT BECOME BBQ! Also, it is always
a good idea to replace the starter solenoid when you replace a starter. I
have had the old solenoid catch fire on me when replacing a starter in an
old ford truck before!
Please let me know if you have any questions... this should apply to most
if not all Starters for 3.8L's. This car is a 1999 Oldsmobile Eighty Eight.
New project: 1997 Buick Riviera Supercharged
PIcked this one up off Craigslist for $400 plus $50 to deliver it. Car
runs and drives but has what sounds like rod knock. I still need to to
some diagnostic work, but that's what it sounds like to me, and the guy I
bought it from was a mechanic and thinks the same. The car is fully loaded
with what looks to be every option offered right down the traction control
and engine block heater. The car has just under 100k on it and it in
excellent shape in and out. The car has been sitting for a year or so and
looks it, but it will get washed when it gets warmer.