Whine from front of engine

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Pappy Wilson
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Whine from front of engine

Post by Pappy Wilson » Sat Jun 12, 2010 6:41 pm

I have an 81 Interstate with just 29K miles and have enjoyed it a lot for the couple thousand miles I have been able to put on it this summer. The timing belts were changed at about 24K according to the previous owners about 5 years ago. I have a high pitched sound that seems to be coming from the front of the engine that gets higher pitched and louder as you approach you speed up above 50 mph. I have never owned a Wing before and I was wondering if this noise is normal or if I have a potential problem. I was wondering if it could be the belt tensioners or something. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
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Re: Whine from front of engine

Post by WingAdmin » Sat Jun 12, 2010 8:35 pm

Timing belt tensioners would be my first guess. They might have been installed too tight, or the bearings might be giving up the ghost. If they are too tight, then you need to have a look at the condition of the belt. Either way, you need to pull the timing belt covers off and have a look.

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