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I've got a 1998 SLK 230 that has a supercharger clutch going bad. You can hear it rattle when you get around 2500 RPM. First question, can the clutch be repaired? If not, can I use some sheetmetal screws to "lock" the clutch so the SC runs all the time, until I can afford to replace it? I've attached a picture of the clutch, and you can see the plastic cover that is separating.
also, how much performance will be lost when the clutch fails?

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Mike
 

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You can replace the clutch, probably about 400 bucks if I recall correctly. I've heard that it's possible to do it on the vehicle but with the clearances, it's probably easier to remove the entire SC. You'll notice a performance loss if it fails completely but it would be mostly on moderate acceleration. I don't know if you can sheet metal it together though.
 
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