So were getting ready to go to a small town fair and I start the car right up, it sounds great, has a good idle,
then after about three minutes of idling, it just dies out. I think that's weird, it hasn't done that before.
I go to start it up again, and it starts, but there is hesitation in the starter, it sounds like its struggling.
then it dies after about 20 seconds. I check the oil and everything is right where it should be, plus its
new oil, I just changed it early last week.
I try to start it a third time and now the starter won't even crank the engine over, it seems like there is a lot
Now, I know the battery is good, I had it tested.
I know it's not the fuel or fuel system,
I know it's not the starter, because if the starter was going out, that would not cause the engine to die
three minutes after idling.
The alternator and the voltage regulator are good.
something is for sure happening inside the engine causing a lot of resistance.
I did NOT hear any squeaking, grinding, breaking, snapping or anything that sounded like something
I Removed the valve cover and sure enough, it looks as though the exhaust cam/lobe on cylinder No. 6 was not getting any oil from the oil tube. Check out the photos, it wore down about an 1/8 of an inch of steel from that cam/lobe. So the exhaust valve wasn't opening up and allowing the exhaust to escape and also the bearing right next to it also wasn't getting any oil and it partially siezed up. Funny thing, I didn't hear any squeaking, or grinding noises. I did start hearing a small pinging noise about three weeks ago, that was probably the start of it. I should have pulled off the valve cover to inspect it then.
So here is where I need the advice and help.
1. While I am replacing the camshaft, what else should I replace while I am in there?
2. I need to find a place that sells the camshaft and all related parts.
3. Where did all that steel that grinded off go? Hopefully in the oil filter?
4. I removed the spark plugs to release any exhaust gas, and disconnected the coil so it wouldnt start. It cranks over, but the starter is not cranking it over as fast as it used to. Could I have damaged the starter?
5. Anything else that I missed?
I havn't had a chance to pull out the oil tube and check it out yet. I am assuming that the back of the tube got full of the old oil grime and plugged up the hole.
I will check it out and keep you guys posted.