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Bus Stop Help Needed

Discussion in 'Kombi Club' started by Happy_Camper, Mar 23, 2015.

  1. Happy_Camper

    Happy_Camper Active Member

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    Hi guys, I'm putting this call out to anyone attending the busstop in Sawtell that has mechanical knowledge.
    I am in the middle of a kombi resto on my '76 camper, I have bought a 2ltr engine which was tested and sounded great, I then sent it to a mechanic spent a fair bit of money getting new pushrod seals and lot of other little bits done where it was tested again and I got told all compressions are great and everything sounded perfect. Then today I bought a new starter motor for it, last one completely disingrated.
    I know the timing isn't right, and I have the cheapest of electronic distributors in it, which I have the original which I would like to get put back in. Today it seems to have developed a loud whinning noise when idling (kinda scared me) and I'm not sure what it is.
    Anyone coming to the busstop who would be willing to come and have a look, a listen and maybe a tinker would be greatly appreciated, I am located in Urunga, about 10 minutes from sawtell.

    Thanks heaps Matt
     
  2. 68BUS

    68BUS Well-Known Member

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    Geez Matt. You are in trouble now. There will be about 50 people who help drop the engine.
    Seriously though there will be a great amount of knowledge and willingness to help.
    I keep a timing light in my bus if it helps.
     
  3. Squidy

    Squidy Well-Known Member

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    Don't think you'll have a problem, bucket loads of knowledge and skills coming
     
  4. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    committee problem solving.

    What could possibly go wrong ? :)
     
  5. Happy_Camper

    Happy_Camper Active Member

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    Thanks for the replies guys
    Well let's hope it's nothing serious.
    I will be forever greatful haha
    Sounds like a working bee ;)
     
  6. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    try and get a fix on where the noise is from.

    disconnect alternator belt to exclude alt noise as a source.
    check for crap in the fan. or fan mesh contacting fan
    is something contacting the ring gear or starter fouling?
     
  7. Happy_Camper

    Happy_Camper Active Member

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    Okay I'll have a look, it starts without making the noise, then idles for a little while still without making the noise then all of a sudden a loud whining noise comes. Hard to tell exactly where it's coming from and I didn't want to run it to long when making the noise in case it caused damage.
     
  8. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    smart move till its known but you will need to find it somehow.
    make sure you have oil.
    remove the fan belt
    listen at fan/dissy/starter

    only guessing but it may be a dry bearing on alternator hopefuly?

    when its apparent, also check if it goes away when you depress clutch?

    don't run for too long till its known
     
  9. Happy_Camper

    Happy_Camper Active Member

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    Okay I ran it without the belt and the noise didn't happen.
    So looks like it could be the alternator
    So what does it mean when you've got a loud whining noise coming from the alternator? Does the alternator need to come out?
     
  10. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like you need new bearings in that alternator. Mine howled like a turbo before I had the bearings replaced.

    I had my alternator reconditioned at an auto electrician. :)
     
  11. Happy_Camper

    Happy_Camper Active Member

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    So the next question is I guess, how fun are they to get out?
     
  12. Grantus

    Grantus Well-Known Member

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    Having never taken one out of a Bay, I'll leave someone else to answer.

    In a T3, it's 2 bolts, just a 5 minute job...;)
     
  13. Happy_Camper

    Happy_Camper Active Member

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  14. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    be patient and don't stuff the bolts or the job will take longer :)

    maybe check first that it wasn't the belt squealing by reinstalling belt, induce noise , then eliminate noise with baby powder on pulley.
    or turn the alternator by hand and the play or roughness should be evident.

    as Grant suggested. Auto sparky prob best option but check that he does the diode pack, bearings, brushes and cleans slip ring. some only do a quicky silver spray can reco and offending part..
    recall some issue with cheap bearings?so ask him to use good ones.

    don't reverse the battery terminals when reconnecting or you will destroy your good work.
    don't overtighten the drive belt
     

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