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RobPearce
January 20, 2017, 12:52pm Report to Moderator

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That video sounds more like a bearing or contact whistle, but it's possible it's connected with the cooling fan on the alternator. Is yours proportional to engine speed, like in the video (i.e. the pitch goes up as you rev it)?


Current fleet
1967 Vitesse 2L conv "Tessa"
1970 Spitfire Mk3 (project) "Toby"
1972 GT6 Mk3
Not enough time or space
Recently sold:
1972 2.5 PI estate "Harry" (gone to russell on here)
1973 Toledo 2-door "Spike" (gone to a club official)
Used to have:
1968 Vitesse 2L saloon
1980 Dolomite 1500
1977 Dolomite 1850
1980 Dolomite Sprint
1982 TR7 DHC Sprint
1975 2500S saloon
1971 Herald 13/60 Estate (with 1500 Spit engine)
1975 Stag
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Paula
January 20, 2017, 1:28pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from RobPearce
That video sounds more like a bearing or contact whistle, but it's possible it's connected with the cooling fan on the alternator. Is yours proportional to engine speed, like in the video (i.e. the pitch goes up as you rev it)?


Yes it goes up and down with the engine noise. I just went for a drive and it's very quiet.
Maybe i'm being too sensitive.
I'll do a video.


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Paula
January 20, 2017, 1:47pm Report to Moderator

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Here's a video of my car.
It's picked up the whistle very well. It's actually not very noticeable from inside

https://youtu.be/qX1ySzdWJXI


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JohnD
January 20, 2017, 1:55pm Report to Moderator


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Clearly heard at idle, Paula,
To test if it's the fan belt, spray some WD40 on the belt.
If belt rubbing is the cause, the whistle will stop.

John


Serial Vitesse racer.

Old Blue.  1995-2001
Silverback. 2001-2007
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Paula
January 20, 2017, 4:42pm Report to Moderator

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I have this reply from Rimmers:

I must say I haven't heard of anything like this before.

I would suggest that this noise is possibly caused by a dry bearing/bush, it seems silly but it could even be a "natural" whistle because of the design of the replacement alternator unit.


I have left comments on our system to express your concern but I would suggest the best course of action is to run the car and report back after a period of 500 miles.

Kind regards
Carl Wright
Customer Services


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Paula
January 20, 2017, 4:42pm Report to Moderator

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I've just driven 10 miles and i think it's going away.
So i'll see how it goes


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Paula
January 20, 2017, 4:46pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from JohnD
Clearly heard at idle, Paula,
To test if it's the fan belt, spray some WD40 on the belt.
If belt rubbing is the cause, the whistle will stop.

John


I'm pretty sure it's the alternator now



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Matt306
January 20, 2017, 5:55pm Report to Moderator

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Didn't you say you fitted a Radio? I can recommend Absolute Radio (others are available) turned up to 10 and the whistle will go  


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Paula
January 20, 2017, 6:27pm Report to Moderator

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Didn't you say you fitted a Radio? I can recommend Absolute Radio (others are available) turned up to 10 and the whistle will go  


I only listen to the Sssssssshipping forecast Sssssssssssouth by Sssssssssouth Wesssssssssssssst  


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RobPearce
January 20, 2017, 6:30pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Paula
I have this reply from Rimmers:

I must say I haven't heard of anything like this before.

I would suggest that this noise is possibly caused by a dry bearing/bush, it seems silly but it could even be a "natural" whistle because of the design of the replacement alternator unit.

He's not heard it before? When there's tube-of-you videos out there? Oh well.
I think he's right about the bearing, though. It definitely sounds more like a dry bearing/bush than anything belt related.

Many years ago, when I had my first Vitesse as my only car, I heard a gurgling sound from under the bonnet. My first instinct was that it sounded like water boiling, but the temperature gauge was reading normal. Also, the noise sometimes stopped, only to reappear a random time later. I decided to carry on and have a closer look when I reached my destination (my mum's house, as it happened). Well, I duly arrived there and pulled up, popped the bonnet, only for the noise to vanish again. I had a look around but saw nothing obvious. I pulled the throttle cable (this was a late Mk1 with the cable, rather than the rod system that Tessa has, and I presume yours does too). As the engine revved there was a brief puff of smoke from the dynamo pulley and the noise reappeared.
It turned out the dynamo's front bearing had collapsed. When the dynamo was turning (and working fine) the bearing made a gurgling noise. When the bits fell a certain way and the speed was low, the bearing seized up, the fan belt began to slip and the noise went away.
Your noise doesn't sound terminal. If it's getting quieter it may just be something bedding in.


Current fleet
1967 Vitesse 2L conv "Tessa"
1970 Spitfire Mk3 (project) "Toby"
1972 GT6 Mk3
Not enough time or space
Recently sold:
1972 2.5 PI estate "Harry" (gone to russell on here)
1973 Toledo 2-door "Spike" (gone to a club official)
Used to have:
1968 Vitesse 2L saloon
1980 Dolomite 1500
1977 Dolomite 1850
1980 Dolomite Sprint
1982 TR7 DHC Sprint
1975 2500S saloon
1971 Herald 13/60 Estate (with 1500 Spit engine)
1975 Stag
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Paula
January 20, 2017, 7:06pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from RobPearce

He's not heard it before? When there's tube-of-you videos out there? Oh well.
I think he's right about the bearing, though. It definitely sounds more like a dry bearing/bush than anything belt related.

Many years ago, when I had my first Vitesse as my only car, I heard a gurgling sound from under the bonnet. My first instinct was that it sounded like water boiling, but the temperature gauge was reading normal. Also, the noise sometimes stopped, only to reappear a random time later. I decided to carry on and have a closer look when I reached my destination (my mum's house, as it happened). Well, I duly arrived there and pulled up, popped the bonnet, only for the noise to vanish again. I had a look around but saw nothing obvious. I pulled the throttle cable (this was a late Mk1 with the cable, rather than the rod system that Tessa has, and I presume yours does too). As the engine revved there was a brief puff of smoke from the dynamo pulley and the noise reappeared.
It turned out the dynamo's front bearing had collapsed. When the dynamo was turning (and working fine) the bearing made a gurgling noise. When the bits fell a certain way and the speed was low, the bearing seized up, the fan belt began to slip and the noise went away.
Your noise doesn't sound terminal. If it's getting quieter it may just be something bedding in.


I thought you were going to say you lifted the bonnet and a small woodland creature jumped out!
I agree about the bedding in.
I'll revisit this if i ever notice it again.
Talking of Dynamos Is there anyone that would like my old Dynamo and Voltage regulator? Free of course.


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Matt306
January 20, 2017, 9:41pm Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Paula


I thought you were going to say you lifted the bonnet and a small woodland creature jumped out!
I agree about the bedding in.
I'll revisit this if i ever notice it again.
Talking of Dynamos Is there anyone that would like my old Dynamo and Voltage regulator? Free of course.


Scrapman?


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JohnD
January 20, 2017, 11:01pm Report to Moderator


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A dry bearing?  Do Rimmers expect it to wet itself?

Seems an unsatisfactory answer (I presume they supplied the alternator?) instead of an offer to replace.
Send it back?

John


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Old Blue.  1995-2001
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daver clasper
January 21, 2017, 9:03am Report to Moderator
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Hi Paula

I'm interested in your dynamo and V/R.

Is it ok to PM you

Dave
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My Spitfire (1980) whistles when I have the headlights on. Frequency varies with engine speed.  All belts etc. are tight, it's the alternator itself.  It's not annoying, sometimes I pretend it's a turbocharger...


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