The problem is that my motor has a vibration to it but when it gets up
to speeds of 45 or 60 mph it goes away and it's just fine, so i asked
some one what would cause the motor to do that (vibration) and the
response was that i had a broken crankshaf, then i was told
differently that the harmonic balancer that was on the motor was the
wrong harmonic balancer and i needed the balancer for thew chevy
smallblock 400. but if the crankshaft is broken would i be able to
start my engine? I can start my engine and its just fine! it has no
loud tapping to it nor do it have any loud knocking to it, just a loud
squealing noise. so can some 1 please help me solve this huge question
in which i have.
Normally I would agree with Sheps statements, BUT I have seen two
engines with broken cranks that ran. One was snapped in two inside #1
main. It was a salvage engine that a guy had bought to replace his. Near
as I could tell it had gotten dropped on it's nose or had come from a
wreck and had gotten hit on the front. It came stripped and he didn't
look it over very well. The other was an older 350. It broke between #1
and 2 rods. Not sure how that one came about. It went to the scrap yard
without being opened.
However I would strongly suspect that it isn't the case here, since
neither one of those engines were turning the front accessories. And
they didn't run "fine" but they did run.
Take a look at the balancer and make sure it is the one for a 400. It
will have a cast in counter weighted area on the back. If you rotate it
and it is the same thickness all the way around it is not a 400
dampener. If this a a factory engine that hasn't been apart then it's
doubtful this is the problem. Has the transmission ever been out of it?
Loud squealing noise could be a bad/loose belt.
I've seen one. A Pontiac 421. Broke right at the last rod throw. Here is the
story. Guy has this Pontiac towed to my shop and says the transmission is
bad. So I pulled it, and looked inside. No problem. So I called him. He said
it broke a few months ago and he was starting it once a week to keep the
battery up. Said it made a hell of a noise. I started looking and found I
could wiggle the flywheel like the bolts on the crank flange were loose.
Pulled the pressure plate and checked the bolts. They were tight. So I
dropped the pan. Broken crank. First and last for me:)
You don't have a broken crankshaft. Whoever told you that does not really
understand what a crankshaft is. Harmonic balancer is a possibility. Many
things could cause a rough idle that smoothes out at higher rpm's. You
don't give enough information to provide anything more insightful than that
So - what's the deal with this loud squealing noise? Have you determined
that it is not from a belt slipping? If it's not a belt, and it's not
something like an alternator bearing (which could also cause vibration
problems), then I'd start looking into the possibility of bearing issues. A
spun bearing will emit a nasty squeal. It's not uncommon for that squealing
noise to go away at rpm.
Did you just rebuilt it or do any repairs on it?
Last time I had a squeal it was an intake manifold gasket.
You MUST use a sb 400 harmonic balancer AND flywheel
or ring gear. But I think if one of these were wrong your
vibration would get worse at higher rpm, not better.
Good luck with it!
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