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stevenmw
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 23
posted May 18, 2004 07:09 PM  
We were racing our hobby stock gm metric car saturday night and coming off turn 4 there was a loud pop and the tech man directed the car to the infield and the driver got out and looked under the car and oil was pouring out of the bell-housing area until it lost all oil.

I got under the car and looked the engine did not sling no rods or nothing and the rear oil seal and all still looks fine by looking up through the bellhousing area but dont know where the oil came from and was needing advice of where it might be coming from before I pull the tranny and bellhousing and flywheel out of it.

I was wondering if the rear camshaft plug could have popped out or one of the oil gallery plugs?

Thanks for any information on the mystery.
Steven

Pickel
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Total posts: 784
posted May 18, 2004 07:25 PM  
Thanks pickle I was kind of thinking that myself just hope the motor is ok?

Steven.

racerman707
Dirt Freak

Total posts: 374
posted May 19, 2004 02:40 PM  
I had a 350 break the end of the cam off and come out the back of the block.

stevenmw
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 23
posted May 19, 2004 04:43 PM  
I had a 350 break the end of the cam off and come out the back of the block.


Steven comments:

OUCH! LOL.

cobb
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 131
posted May 19, 2004 08:47 PM  
you might want to just go ahead and pull the motor and check everything. if you lost the oil from the cam plug on the back of the block you could have messed up a bearing or something from loss of oil pressure. i had to learn the hard way last year. it's a lot cheaper than buying a new motor

racerguy500
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 168
posted May 19, 2004 09:36 PM  
First off you are not gonna fix anything by pulling the tranny, you said it popped, then the oil. Sounds like a broken cam at the least, probably much more. But you are gonna have to pull the motor and check it out. No simple fixes here. Sorry to say that but sounds like you wasted it to me and you are hoping for the best. We all do that but it rarely works out due to the RPM it was turning when it went. Good luck.

mrteeshot
Dirt Maniac

Total posts: 127
posted May 19, 2004 09:55 PM  
you toasted it pull it and rebuild as said earlier ---at least the cam-- prob. more

stevenmw
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 23
posted May 20, 2004 12:44 PM  
Hello fellow racers and friends.Thank you for all of your advice.

I took the transmission and explosion proof bell-housing out of our car since we run a standard transmission and found that the clutch disk exploded and knocked a small gash in the rear of the claimer oil pan we run that explains where the oil and loud pop came from.

All I have to do it seems is surface the flywheel and install a new clutch disk and weld the gash up with my wire welder in the oil pan and put it back together and change the oil and go racing saturday night.Thank goodness for the explosion proof bell housings and good luck also.Thanks again guys motor mystery solved.

Steven.

Ego Racing
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Total posts: 724
posted May 20, 2004 01:58 PM  
A Broken cam would not let the oil pour out when the car was shut off and setting in the infield. There would have only been oil while running.

stevenmw
Dirt Roller

Total posts: 23
posted May 20, 2004 02:03 PM  
EGO RACING Wrote:

A Broken cam would not let the oil pour out when the car was shut off and setting in the infield. There would have only been oil while running.


Comment by steven.

The engine was killed quickly after the pop so dont think no harm is done to the bearings
because the gash in the oil pan was very small and the oil is still running out slowly from sat night but fissin to fix the problem.

Thanks for your comment.
Steven.

    

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