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backbord
Posted 2017-10-21 7:47 PM (#550765)
Subject: Screeching engine sound and no clue where to look


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Hello folks!

I ran into a problem which turned out to be difficult to track down and I hope that you can give me some advice.
Regarding my 1960 Chrysler Windsor.

What happened?

Some weeks ago, I took a longer journey. I was driving constantly at speeds of 80 - 120 km/h for 3 hours and then made a stop.

A bit of vapor smell was always present because of the open ventilation in this car. After some time, I felt that the vapor smell became more intense and suddenly it smelled like burnt rubber. I decided to pull off the road, thinking that some line was touching the exhaust. Before we arrived in the parking position, the engine stalled. It would not turn on again until the engine had cooled down for an hour.
When I opened the hood there were lots of vapor coming out of the ventilation cap - more than I had seen before.

After some time, when the engine had cooled down, I tried again to start and the engine ran again.
I drove another distance, when I started to hear a knocking sound. When I looked at the instruments, I saw that the oil pressure was gone and the engine temperature was up more than usual. I pulled off the road again, turned off the engine and waited again till it cooled down.

I tried another time. The oil pressure was back when the engine was cool, but after a short distance the temperature was up again and the oil pressure was gone.

Time for the breakdown service!
I had the car transported to my house and now I'm trying to find out, what to fix.

What we found out:

Possibly, there was an issue with the oil pressure regulator valve. It was stuck and I guess, the whole pressure went through the bypass passage.
We had it out and cleaned. Afterwards, we got pressure at the instrument while spinning the oil pump with a drill.

With the valve covers off, we tested if oil is getting up there. We turned the engine over to bring the crankshaft into other positions. First, there was almost no oil on the passenger side, but suddenly there was quite a lot flowing out. I believe that the passage could have been clogged, because the head was almost dry there.
The driver side was wet from the beginning, but we never achieved a strong flow compared to the passenger side. At least, there were a few drops coming out.
We also took off the oil pump. It looks good from the inside, nothing I would be worried about.

What remains unclear:

When I start the engine, there is almost no oil pressure (at the gauge). The pump seems to work, though.

Even worse: While we ran the engine for testing, the engine developed a pulsing, screeching noise! It's pretty loud.
I fear that a pushrod or a piston does not get (enough) oil.

To keep the damage at a minimum, I do not want to start the engine until this issue is solved ...

Is there a chance to track down these issues without removing the engine? Diagnosing a clogged passage or whatever... ?
Where is the connection between these issues?
Any ideas and suggestions welcome!

Thanks to all of you

Maik

Update: The noise sounds like in this video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCFQsRuEQYs



Edited by backbord 2017-10-21 8:02 PM
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mstrug
Posted 2017-10-21 7:58 PM (#550766 - in reply to #550765)
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You can do a compression check on the cylinders, pressure check the radiator, block, take off the valve covers and look. Engine is probably 'toast'. Take off pan and lower bearings; probably scored. Borescope the cylinders; probably dry and scratched. Sounds like a full rebuild including a hot tanking is in order. Get a quality oil pump. Don't use the old one.
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58coupe
Posted 2017-10-21 9:31 PM (#550771 - in reply to #550765)
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It sounds like a bearing problem to me, main bearings can make a sound like you describe and seize the engine. It may then turn over when cool. Oil is delivered up to the rocker shafts through a passage that runs through the block and the heads. It could be plugged on one side or you just may not have enough oil pressure to push it up. I agree with Marc, overhaul time.
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GaryS
Posted 2017-10-22 7:47 AM (#550779 - in reply to #550765)
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I had a 340 that began to screech. Then engine run, but was tight. It was a spun main bearing that seriously gouged the crankshaft journal.
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wizard
Posted 2017-10-22 8:31 AM (#550780 - in reply to #550765)
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A spun bearing sounds like a plausible reason. Pull the center link and then remove the oil pan - now you can lift one main bearing cap at a time and check.

Seems like some bearing residue is blocking the oil flow to one cylinder bank and the gallery.

Please update your profile with your location, this is a good thing for to get help from someone locally, parts or technical advices.
As you refer to kilometers per hour, I'd guess Europe and perhaps Germany or Sweden?

3 hours is absolutely no problem for for marching in 80 - 120 km/hour - I've done 7 hours many, many times with pauses for refueling the car and ourselves.

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Posted 2017-10-22 9:55 AM (#550786 - in reply to #550765)
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I suddenly lost oil pressure too in my '58 DeSoto. The car ran like garbage because the lifters were dry. After I broke the blockage free by turning the pump fast, I had a low end knock. Rebuild time. Losing oil pressure is never good.
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Posted 2017-10-22 10:59 AM (#550787 - in reply to #550765)
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A rod or main bearing will make that screeching sound when starved for oil, usually because it's welding itself to the crankshaft from friction heat.

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rockerarm
Posted 2017-10-22 1:18 PM (#550803 - in reply to #550771)
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Is the water pump working OK..... belt slipping and squealing...?

A cam bearing will make a squealing sound if dry also.

If it's a bearing squeal it's to late. Pull the engine and remanufacture it.

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backbord
Posted 2017-10-22 7:32 PM (#550815 - in reply to #550765)
Subject: Re: Screeching engine sound and no clue where to look


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First of all, thanks for all replies!

I think the water pump works, the radiator becomes hot after the thermostat opens (I tried this before the noise appeared).
The noise is undoubtedly coming from inside the engine. Sounds like metal parts moving against each other.

Powerflite is possibly right, could be similar in my case. This was the first ride over a longer distance since I bought the car. I imagine that the constant driving released some dirt inside the block. The oil was okay in color before the trip and now it is plain black.

Most of you voted for the bearings - I try take a look at these. I wanted to drain the oil anyway.
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Shep
Posted 2017-10-22 8:30 PM (#550816 - in reply to #550815)
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Take the oil filter apart, look for metal debris, that'll tell you the good or bad news.
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Posted 2017-10-22 11:43 PM (#550826 - in reply to #550765)
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my 61 fury had that screech one day coming back from the parts store . little known to me , the oil pressure line was broke and the odd thing , there was no warning of any kind . stopping at a red light the
noise started and continued after stopping . a couple hundred more feet there was a BP station . so we stopped checked the oil . 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 quarts later it was back to full . through some dealing i got rid of the fury
and the 318 poly motor ended up in a 60 dodge stock car . ran 4 hard races clinton pa track before it let loose . i told em it wouldn't last but oh well -----------------------------------------------------later


ps. that was in 1969

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backbord
Posted 2017-10-23 3:17 PM (#550871 - in reply to #550826)
Subject: Re: Screeching engine sound and no clue where to look


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@60_dart:
Was the noise still present after filling up some oil?
I was planning to refill the engine with new oil and at least try again if this makes a difference, but my expectations are low...

Update:
After diving deeper into the topic I also think it is a spun bearing.
Which bearings (if any) can be accessed with the engine in the car?

Edited by backbord 2017-10-23 6:46 PM
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60 dart
Posted 2017-10-23 11:44 PM (#550913 - in reply to #550765)
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stopped after the second quart . drove it probably another 500mi . wish i had it today . rock solid body , new top , rebuilt torqueflite , really nice chrome , fancy steering wheel
and that space age speedo -------------------------------------------later
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Posted 2017-10-24 7:55 AM (#550922 - in reply to #550871)
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I've removed the pan on several cars and trucks without pulling the engine, but most are difficult. Motor mounts have to be unbolted and the engine jacked up, which sometimes causes interference issues with other parts like distributors, valve covers, brake parts, heater housing, etc. Some cars require steering parts to be loosened or removed. Then the engine has to be turned by hand so the crank is in the right position to get the most clearance at every step of the pan removal. When you go through all the pain, you'll discover that the crank is probably gouged and needs to be reground. I've seen cranks ground and polished while in the car, but the repair was never long-lasting.

It's just one opinion, but do yourself a favor and pull the engine. If it has a spun bearing, it most likely has a lot of wear on other parts. A hoist is cheap to rent and with the engine out, you can repair it the proper way.
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backbord
Posted 2017-10-25 1:43 PM (#551022 - in reply to #550765)
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Well, guess what happened ...
We changed the oil yesterday and after a few cranks, the noise was gone!

I still cannot believe it. And I have no idea, why. There was plenty of oil in the engine before. But after the change, the horrible sound was gone. At least for now.

But: It's too good to last.
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60 Imp
Posted 2017-10-26 8:06 AM (#551067 - in reply to #551022)
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That engine is talking to you! You just need to listen

You might be lucky, but I would pull it down without running it again. You just might get away with minor parts only to refresh it.

Steve.
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backbord
Posted 2017-10-26 4:01 PM (#551103 - in reply to #550765)
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Steve, actually one should listen when the old girl is talking

An engine checkup and rebuild is still on my To-Do-list for sure. I don't want this to happen again or even worse. But: some peace of mind for the moment.
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Posted 2017-10-26 4:30 PM (#551108 - in reply to #550765)
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It is possible that the screeching came from the intermediate shaft that drives the oil pump, or from a rocker, or lifter, or something else up top. When you refill with oil, then that component gets oiled and the problem is temporarily solved. I guess another possibility is if the filter was mostly plugged. Changing the filter would solve that too. But those are the only scenarios that I could think of where the problem would be solved by changing the oil. I would pull the valve covers and make sure you are getting oil up to the rockers and the galleys are all clear. If it was a problem up top, fixing it wouldn't necessarily involve rebuilding the motor.

Edited by Powerflite 2017-10-26 4:32 PM
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backbord
Posted 2017-10-28 6:04 AM (#551220 - in reply to #550765)
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To be sure, I need to open the valve covers and check if both sides are wet now. But I also think that it was a lifter or pushrod, something that moves periodically.
Anyway, we ran the engine yesterday afternoon without that screeching sound appearing. After readjusting the distributor timing the knocking sound from the beginning was present again. It gets louder during deceleration. ==> Obviously a problem with a connecting rod bearing.

Btw: Is "main bearing" the same in English?

We'll pull the oil pan and see if there is anything we can do about this.

Thanks, Maik
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Posted 2017-10-28 7:32 AM (#551221 - in reply to #551220)
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Yes, main bearings are the crank shaft bearings.
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backbord
Posted 2017-11-10 3:45 PM (#551991 - in reply to #550765)
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We managed to pull the oil pan and have a look at these things.
You were right, it is quite difficult to get the oil pan off without removing the engine. A motor hoist and motor stand are on my wish list now.

The engine had two spun rod bearings (cylinder 3 and 4). There was enough play one could actually SEE that the bearings were damaged.
We replaced all bearings and the oil pump and the car is running at the moment. But the surface on the 2nd crank was a bit rough and there is still a knocking sound when the engine reaches operating temperature.

I guess the engine needs a lot of love this winter!
The engine is a 383 RB and my investigations showed that parts could be difficult to find. I plan to replace it with a 1968 383 B to keep the car driveable while doing the rebuild on the original engine. Any comments?
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Posted 2017-11-11 10:09 AM (#552023 - in reply to #550765)
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With the 62 and newer 383 it will not bolt up to your original trans. Actually the trans. will bolt to the engine but the torque converter won't. I don't think anyone makes an adapter to do this easily since the T.Q. uses studs to secure it to the crank. The 383 RB crank will not fit the 383 without much modification, (longer stroke). Your best way to keep it running would be to repair the original engine.
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Posted 2017-11-11 10:38 AM (#552025 - in reply to #552023)
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58coupe - 2017-11-11 10:09 AM

The 383 RB crank will not fit the 383 without much modification, (longer stroke). Your best way to keep it running would be to repair the original engine.


its not (only) the stroke, its the larger crankshaft bearings.
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backbord
Posted 2017-11-15 5:10 PM (#552312 - in reply to #552023)
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58coupe - 2017-11-10 4:09 PM

With the 62 and newer 383 it will not bolt up to your original trans. Actually the trans. will bolt to the engine but the torque converter won't.....


I was told that all big block engines were interchangeable, concerning the outer connections, though the internal parts can be very different. But if the torque converter does not bolt to the engine, this won't help here.

If I get you right, the problem is the crank end, which is different for the 383 RB?
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Posted 2017-11-15 5:18 PM (#552314 - in reply to #552312)
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backbord - 2017-11-15 5:10 PM

58coupe - 2017-11-10 4:09 PM

With the 62 and newer 383 it will not bolt up to your original trans. Actually the trans. will bolt to the engine but the torque converter won't.....


I was told that all big block engines were interchangeable, concerning the outer connections, though the internal parts can be very different. But if the torque converter does not bolt to the engine, this won't help here.

If I get you right, the problem is the crank end, which is different for the 383 RB?


its not RB/B its pre 62 big block and post 61 big block. they changed the crankshaft flange for the 62 modell year (fall 61) and RB cranks do not fit B engines without mods and B engine cranks never fit RB engines.
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Posted 2017-11-15 5:26 PM (#552316 - in reply to #550765)
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Yes, and the same applies to small blocks too.
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Posted 2017-11-18 2:13 PM (#552613 - in reply to #552316)
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My car came with a 1969 383 with a mild cam and it is bolted to a 1962 pushbutton aluminium TF. Just for future reference, what would they have done to mate them together?

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Posted 2017-11-18 3:24 PM (#552620 - in reply to #550765)
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My guess is actually nothing - the Engine should fit the '62 trans without any modifications
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