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SHREDDER637
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  • 1995 OLDSMOBILE DELTA 88
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
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  • 192 MILES
1995 olds 88 royale making loud noise near the harmonic balancer.
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Friday, April 29th, 2011 AT 8:12 PM

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Tiny
CARADIODOC
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Check if the outer steel ring is broken loose from the rubber that's sandwiched in between that ring and the hub. If it is tight, check if the center bolt is tight. If it is loose, pull the balancer off to check if the center hub is cracked.
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Friday, April 29th, 2011 AT 8:22 PM
Tiny
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Just to add to Doc's answer, there is an easy way to check for a broken balancer. Get a piece of chalk and make a line from the center bolt all the way to the outer edge. Now run the engine with the A/C on and shut it off. See if it is still one continuous line or not. If the outer line and inner line have separated, the out pulley is moving.
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Friday, April 29th, 2011 AT 8:28 PM
Tiny
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I never thought of that but I'll never admit it!
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Friday, April 29th, 2011 AT 9:00 PM
Tiny
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Some of my friends have told me that it sounds like a lifter might be broken. I am a highschooler but I know a little bit about vehicles. It just seems to get louder and louder every time I accelerate. Any suggestions?
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Monday, May 2nd, 2011 AT 3:06 PM
Tiny
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But it also has a little bit of a squeel to it now? Maybe could be steel rubbing against rubber.
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Monday, May 2nd, 2011 AT 3:12 PM
Tiny
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I doubt you'll hear a lifter from inside the car. They tend to get quieter as you raise engine speed unless there is a problem with the oil level / pressure.

If you can hear it when standing under the hood, use a stethoscope to look for the source. They are available from the auto parts stores for around ten bucks.
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Monday, May 2nd, 2011 AT 4:31 PM
Tiny
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Okay, my oil pressure light is on too, but I have also checked that several times and everything is fine. Maybe I should change the oil?
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Monday, May 2nd, 2011 AT 4:45 PM
Tiny
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Don't overlook an oil light. That CAN lead to serious engine damage real quickly. The best test is to measure the actual oil pressure with a mechanical gauge that screws in place of the sending unit. If it shows good oil pressure, just the sending unit is defective. That's not uncommon. If pressure really is low, and increases when you increase engine speed, worn crankshaft and connecting rod bearings are the most common cause. Everything will still be getting oil but when it isn't under pressure it can't isolate the moving parts from each other.

Low oil pressure will cause the hydraulic lifters to not pump up too. The clattering will sound like a typewriter. (Typewriters were real common only ten years ago. Really!)
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Monday, May 2nd, 2011 AT 4:58 PM
Tiny
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Okay, I can check that oil sending unit this weekend. Is it okay to drive a car with the balancer sepertated? The sound almost sounds like that but its in intervals like tik-tik-tik-tik my shop class teacher said that it sounds like either to torque bolts or the balancer. But someone else says it sounds like the lifter, but you say that the lifter gets quieter when you accelerate? So it might just be the balancer. Ill try to do that chalk thing! Thanks for the help! Ill let u know what happens!
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Monday, May 2nd, 2011 AT 5:32 PM

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