Do you know what sound you never want to hear coming from your engine? Banshee screams. Anything that sounds like the squeal of an unholy demon spawn coming from your engine bay is probably going to be very expensive. So when we heard screaming and squealing coming from the engine bay of our 1992 Suzuki Cappuccino, we immediately suspected something terminal. Follow along as we diagnose and solve the issue.
This is what our particular banshee noises sounded like. Interestingly, this sound only occurs when the turbocharger is making boost. Once boost hits, you get the banshee. This almost certainly sounds like a turbocharger that is eating itself alive. This turbocharger is 30 years old with almost 90,000 miles on it and if it was not well maintained the bearings could be going and what we’re hearing is the impeller contacting the turbine housing.
Or is it? Way back in grade school I was a music nerd who played clarinet. The noise coming from the Cappuccino sounds a lot like a clarinet mouthpiece removed from a clarinet and blown through, creating a shrill, off pitched note that pierces the skull (played by a teenage asshole pranking his friends). It’s as if exhaust gas is leaking from somewhere in the turbocharger area, maybe past a gasket that’s acting like a reed. Maybe we actually have an exhaust leak around a flange, causing the metal gasket to vibrate and act like a clarinet reed.
Ever play with the Stage8 locking washer system? Wondering if you had a preference of that vs drilling and locking wire?
I’ve honestly got that on some header bolts, the Stage8 stuff, but it was a one-time install and never looked back. So I can’t really compare to say it’s good or bad.
I had not seen that system before. Would be a lot easier than drilling for safety wire that’s for sure. Doesn’t look like they have the bolt lengths I would have needed though.
My original plan was to fix it with tools and parts I had. That all went out the window when the last bolt broke its threads coming out.
Short length cobalt drill bits are about $2 each, and are the only way to go for drilling for safety wire. Buy at least 5, and you won’t worry about occasional bit breakage that would halt the job in the middle. The short length bits are much stiffer and less prone to breakage than the standard/jobber length.
Standard high speed steel drill bits are just a waste of time and money for drilling safety wire holes.
Probably smart to at least mark the heads with paint to know easily if they are loosening without having to wait until you hear banshee screaming.
I did etch a line into the heads and manifold after I took the photos. Had the same idea you did.
If I were you, I’d still safety wire them – though that’s my bias of fixing helicopters bleeding through. At the very least, use some torque stripe so you can monitor them.
Nordlock and Grade 10.9 fasteners, easy peasy