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Old 08-03-2009, 02:46 PM   #1
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Hello,I have a 1996 Bonneville with the 3800 Motor,I have a Knocking sounds Behind the Balancer it sounds like and when it does this the RPM on motor Dies alittle,could the ring/wheel behind the balancer be Broken? or the crank sensor be doing this?.thanks so much eric
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I believe there is a rubber spacer between the two parts of the balancer. When that rubber brakes down you get a knocking sound.
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A balancer should be easy to spot by looking at the face of it. If you see large cracks and can see the outter piece of the balancer move while tugging on the belt, then it'* bad.

Noises behind... the crank sensor isn't going to take much abuse IMO if the rings (3x or 18X) have come loose. In addition the pcm wouldn't know how to interpret the signal from a loose ring and would most likely not run the motor well.

Noises that can be behind the balancer could be a broken chain tensioner, and depending on how loud etc the noise is, possibly a piston rod bearing. Usually low oil pressure accompanies the bad bearing.
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