ANYONE EVER HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A SQEELING CAMSHAFT OR BEARINGS? I CLEANED OUT THOSE TUBES OVER THE CAM LOBES AND SLIGHTLY ENLARGED THE HOLES FOR THE OIL TO COME OUT BUT I STILL GET OCCASIONAL SQUEELING/CHIRPING.
The squeeling is almost continually, it comes and goes like it doesn't get oil sometimes. I just purchased the car in Feb. and it started after I drove away with it so who knows. I asked the person I bought it from and they said they never noticed although it's quite loud, however the former owner was female. it happenes even when I have driven it a while and pull in the driveway and it will squeel, so it's had a while to get lubrication. Interesting though, I just changed oil 3 days ago and it hasn't done it since. The last oil I put in it (before this oil change) was 5w-30 synthetic. I don't know what was before I got it although it was just changed. This time I put Valvoline 5w-30. To answer your ?, it happens hot or cold, engine or ambient temp. At first I thought it was a belt squeeling. It's really hard to check the oil, there never seems to be a difintive line,anyway, thanks for any help.
I'LL HAVE TO DO SOME MORE CHECKING. WHEN THE COVER WAS OFF A COUPLE OF THE LOBES LOOKED DRY SO I FIGURED THAT WAS THE PROBLEM. THERE WERE ALSO SOME MINI OIL STALAGMITES ON THE SHAFT. I DONT THIK IT WAS WELL MAINTAINED, BUT LIKE I SAID EARLIER, SINCE THE LAST OIL CHANGE IT HASN'T DONE IT, SO NOW I'M WORKING ON THE HESITATION FIXES I FOUND ON THE SER-NET. I WAS JUST CURIOUS TO SEE IF THIS WAS A FREQUENT PROB. OR SOMETHING JUST ON MINE.
well, if the previous owner was a female, that means that the radio was up loud most of the time and/or she was on the phone, so she probably would not have heard it anyways. before I get myself in more trouble here I think if it was the cams not getting oil it would sound like metal on metal, not like a squeel (unless it is a high pitched metal squeel) and did you clean out the whole tube, or just the hole? I would try to get some parts cleaner and run it through them off of the car if you can't find out what it is. or better yet, before you start guessing at what it is, take it to a mechanic and have them take a look at it. you might end up spending alot more money than you would if you just went to one in the first place. randomly replacing parts accomplishes nothing but shrinking your bank account and the # of possibilites there are as to what is wrong with your car.
speaking of this, my car sounds like it has no oil for the first 2 seconds when i start the car up. ive checked the oil, its level and the oil has about 2,000 miles on it. So is something plugged or what? The car runs fine and has plenty of power for a car with 112,000.
Ahh, start-up clatter. Lots of our cars have it, but some dont. Some people have had clatter for over 100k miles, so it doesn't really seem to be a problem. There have been some theories floating around the mailing list, but nobody has found a way to get rid of it yet. Mobil1 and OEM filters seem to be the highest recommended for their anti-drainback valves. If your not using one of these you might want to try them.
I think I figured it out, I took the valve cover off again and removed those tube oilers over the cam lobes and thay were clogged again. I made the holes larger and no more squeeking so far. Those lobes were dry as a bone,I guess they were only getting a little oil from the timing chain splashover.