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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 01-08-2016, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Squeaking Noise at Idle and Load

I just had my engine rebuilt about 5 months ago. 10 over pistons, new rods, lifters, and what not. They replaced the cam about a year ago. Now it is making a squeaking noise at idle and when I give it throttle. The dealer ship thinks it maybe a cam bearing or crank issue.

The funny thing is, despite the noise, it runs great. Can't see how the flywheel would be out of true if I still had normal power. It does have trouble starting, sometimes.

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Could be what they are suggesting and still running good. Get it checked ASAP before complete failure unless you have warranty or a good ESP. My crankshaft bearing went last spring and I could here some intermittent squeaking before it took out the motor. It also was running just fine and I couldn't figure out what it was. Ended my road trip early that's for sure and I'm glad I had a great ESP in the end.
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I agree with RGKen. I would ask, did they true and wield the crank when you did new rods? Also, you might have a crank bearing that has walked. You say the dealer thinks, so I take it, you've already had it in and let someone listen to it. The main shaft bearing in the transmission also could have walked which happens frequently (more often than you think) does it make the sound with the clutch pulled in? IF not, I would be looking at a few things. Are you getting oil to the rocker boxes? You don't say if the noise seems to be coming from the bottom end or not. There are so many things it could be after a new build. The oil pump, was that rebuilt and checked too? Did they change out the inner cam bearing with torrington? Is it new style cam plate without bearing or old style with bearings? So many things it could be but for sure, stop riding it until you figure it out because it will come apart.

Edit: If you pull the cam cover off and pull the cam plate, can you make the crank move side to side at all and how much?
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Until it is disassembled it is just speculation, however one source we have seen many times over the years that can emit a squeek or chirping noise at low speed and idle is a lifter roller that is failing. These types of sounds can also be related to a rod, bearing, or crank issues. Dont run it, any of these problems have the possibility to send particulates thru the engine and can cause catastrophic failure.

In the end before you jump to conclusions start with the basics, it may be as simple as an intake leak at the manifold or something minor
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It sound like the lifters to me.
When the roller bearings start to go out on the lifters they will squeak at a idle and at higher rpm, it kind of sounds like you have a loud mouse in the cam chest.
Most people only relate a loud ticking noise to be a lifter problem which it is but they don't relate the squeaking noise to the lifters.
Lifter replacement is a easy job to do.
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had a buddy with a 107 build, feuling cam chest, cams heads etc etc that had a squeaking which seemed to be coming from the rear rocker box. Upon disassembly it was discovered that one of his lifters (feuling as well) had failed and caused much damage in the cam chest. His bike is being rebuilt now and I don't think he is using feuling lifters this time.

The bike had just been rebuilt for the same reason and no thought had been given to the lifters previously.

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Just like FuelMoto said, there's no way of knowing until you get in there to see. All bearings can sound the same or they may sound a little different. My buddy said he thought my problem was lifter issues and he would bet 100 bucks on it. Well he was wrong and of course I didn't see any of that money.


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Well, they finally took it apart. It turns out a lift failed, causing damage to the cams and flywheel crank. OK, this engine was rebuilt 6 months ago with new pistons, rods, valves, etc.... Now, again, I have SE part failures. I am looking at a new engine. Of course, HD does not support their parts after 3 months. This is the 3d set of lifters I have had within a year. 2nd set of cams and what not. The oil build up they promised I would not get after the rebuild happened again. almost a quarter inch of oil build up on my pistons. WTF????


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wasn't there a post here on the forum from a guy selling a brand new take off TC103? if I was in your boat I might say forget about all that and drop in this stocker and go ride.

sorry you are having trouble, that sucks.
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wasn't there a post here on the forum from a guy selling a brand new take off TC103? if I was in your boat I might say forget about all that and drop in this stocker and go ride.

sorry you are having trouble, that sucks.
If its the one out of PA, he sold it.


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