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yeller
07-01-2011, 11:57 PM
On my first run of the year, boat was way down on power.
I discovered I had developed a hole the supercharger's intercooler and as a result, was sucking a a decent amount of water through the intake. When I saw how much water was entering the intake, I was surprised the boat even ran. There was enough water that some blew past the rings into the crankcase. Probably about 1/4 to 1/3 of a quart.


Once at home, I changed the oil.
After installing a new cooler, I took the boat out and my oil pressure gauge was reading low. About 5lbs at idle and 20psi at about 3500rpm. Interestingly, the Guardian system monitors oil pressure and it did not go off.
I ran back to the dock at about 2500rpm (about 10 minutes).

Parked the boat for a couple weeks before I could look at it again. Put the muffs on the drive and fire it up. This time oil pressure reads 20psi at idle, but will only go to about 30psi at 3500~3800rpm. I figure I'll change the oil again, so I leave the boat idling to warm the oil. After a bit, the Guardian system goes off. I'm only guessing, but I think it was from overheating. My temp gauge went to 180 and I've never seen it go over 160 before. I also notice that I'm not getting the same volume of (raw) water exiting that I'm use to seeing. This is the first time I've ever put muffs on the Blackhawk drive though, so I'm not sure if the muffs deliver the same amount of water through the drive as when on the Bravo1.

In any case, I figure I'll change the pump impeller. Rip the pump apart and impeller is near perfect (150hrs). Damn. I was hoping that would be my water problem. Change the impeller anyways and back flush the system. Water flows great. No restrictions. Out of curiosity, while the pump is off, I put the muffs on the drive and turn on the water. Absolutely no water flows through the drive and out the open intake hose. So I connect the garden hose to the intake hose and water easily flows backwards and out the drive muffs that are still in place. Connect the hose to the muffs and no water flows out the intake hose. What gives? I can't think of anything that would stop the water flow. Why would the water flow in only one direction?

Anyways, I reinstall the water pump and fire up the boat. With the engine running, the pump is able to suck the water through the drive. (Still confused about why the garden hose couldn't push the water through the drive). With the new impeller, there is still not very good water flow through the cooling system. Probably half what I'm use to seeing with the Bravo.
I idle the boat for a bit and Guardian system goes off. Boat isn't to temp this time but exhaust manifolds are getting mighty warm. I'm guessing due to poor water flow.

Before firing the boat up I had installed a mechanical oil pressure gauge for verification, and oil pressure was still the same. 20lbs at idle, to a max of about 30lbs.

Shut the boat down and decide to change the oil/filter again. I usually run straight 40w, but because of the low oil pressure, I thought I'd try 20w-50 this time. Fire the boat up and 25lbs at idle. Ran it up close to 4000rpm to test the pressure and only saw a tad over 35lbs. (Water flow through system did increase with the rpms, so the pump is working. Just doesn't seem to be using as much of the hose water as it should).

I'm hoping to take the boat to a shop tomorrow and get a scanner hooked up to check the alarms, but in the meantime, I have a couple questions:

1) Anyone with BH experience know if they flow less water (on the muffs) than a Bravo?

2) I use to have great oil pressure. Any thoughts on why it's low now?

I really don't think I took on enough water to cause premature bearing wear, (which would result in low oil pressure).
I had a cracked block on my old boat and it took on a fair bit of water. I ran it for about 50-60hrs with the cracked block. I figured I'd run it till it died. Every couple times out, I'd have to drain about a quart of oil/water. Every 4th or 5th time, I'd change the oil. It never did die. When I stripped the motor down, bearings were still good.

Just looking for different opinions. Let me know what you think.

gcarter
07-02-2011, 12:16 AM
Just curious......have you ever pulled the end caps off the heat exchanger?

BUIZILLA
07-02-2011, 06:53 AM
On my first run of the year, boat was way down on power.
I discovered I had developed a hole the supercharger's intercooler and as a result, was sucking a a decent amount of water through the intake. When I saw how much water was entering the intake, I was surprised the boat even ran. There was enough water that some blew past the rings into the crankcase. Probably about 1/4 to 1/3 of a quart. this was salt water being sucked through?

MOP
07-02-2011, 07:03 AM
Some will disagree but on the muffs except for short bursts it is not good to run over 1200, I have seen quite a few impellers go south during the spring wake up at our marina.
Now a thought on the water issue, years back a few buds and I fooled around with water/alcohol injection. The right mix and it will give a reasonable boost, but let it get too much and you can raise cane with head gaskets and the rod bearing. Two things I would do in your situation is do an oil sample and a leak down test, it may have pounded the bearings giving you the lower oil pressure water can be some destructive. Note the links below mention the damage that can occur.

Phil

http://www.rallycars.com/Cars/WaterInjection.html
http://rusubaru.com/water/
http://blizzard.rwic.und.edu/~nordlie/water_injection/local_copies/raydorman/

Donzi_Dude
07-02-2011, 07:46 AM
oil pressure sounds low...

Rumblefish
07-02-2011, 08:26 AM
On my first run of the year, boat was way down on power.
I discovered I had developed a hole the supercharger's intercooler and as a result, was sucking a a decent amount of water through the intake. When I saw how much water was entering the intake, I was surprised the boat even ran. There was enough water that some blew past the rings into the crankcase. Probably about 1/4 to 1/3 of a quart.


Just looking for different opinions. Let me know what you think.

Sorry to hear .. but as you know water doesnt compress very well so time for a leak down...

Also big block chevys usally have .002-.0025 clearance in the bearing depending on who built the engine. and with a small amount of water in the oil ran for a period of time you can loose the babbitt facing and give that much up in clearance and lose alot of oil pressure..

on the upside like you said it may continue just fine if the bearings dont spin and the leak down is good. sounds like you corrected the cause already so Minor rebuild and you still have plenty of summer left.

yeller
07-02-2011, 03:18 PM
Just curious......have you ever pulled the end caps off the heat exchanger?George, I backflushed the system and flow wasn't an issue. Although I didn't take the end caps off, I'm positive there is no obstruction.

this was salt water being sucked through?Yes.

Some will disagree but on the muffs except for short bursts it is not good to run over 1200, I have seen quite a few impellers go south during the spring wake up at our marina.
Two things I would do in your situation is do an oil sample and a leak down test, it may have pounded the bearings giving you the lower oil pressure water can be some destructive.I know I shouldn't wind up the motor on the muffs, but I needed to check the oil pressure and an oil sample wouldn't help because it's been changed twice already. Also, I'm not concerned about compression, I'm concerned about 1 - oil pressure, and 2 - water flow (so a leak down test is wasted time for me at this point).

....Minor rebuild and you still have plenty of summer left.3 months of summer left for me (at the most). Any type of rebuild would probably kill it for me, because I have very limited on free time.


Thanks for the feedback guys.
I do realize that everything points to excessive bearing clearance. Based on how much water I ran in my old motor (and for how long), I'm just having a hard time believing that the amount that was in this motor would kill the bearings so quickly. I literally ran well over a quart of water (fresh and salt) for hours on end in the old boat and the bearings held up fine.

Before I even started this thread, I knew the motor would have to come out. I just thought I'd throw my problem(s) out there to hear others opinions.


I am still curious as to why no water would flow through the drive until it was "sucked" through by the pump. I can't think of any reason except for physics and how the water exits the muffs in relation to the drives water pick up. :confused:

mrfixxall
07-02-2011, 03:35 PM
just my o2!

when you injected water through the inner cooler it probably filled the cylinders with water,cylinders could not handle it and forced the water past the rings into the crank case..from all the water being injected and being forced past the piston rings it most likely pounded the bearings out the the rods..

i would not run the engine like it is or it could cost more to fix..if it indeed pound the rod bearings you may also have a few bent rods..

do a compression test to verify,low compression in some of the cylinders will be the tell tail to which cylinders are most likely have the bent rods and crushed bearings..

contact haxberry , it shouldnt be but a week or 2 to fixx it..

VetteLT193
07-02-2011, 05:19 PM
as far as the water flow, it's simply a gravity thing. Water is heavy and the seal on the muffs is loose. it will simply run out the drive before forcing its way to the engine.

yeller
07-03-2011, 02:17 PM
just my o2!

when you injected water through the inner cooler it probably filled the cylinders with water,cylinders could not handle it and forced the water past the rings into the crank case..from all the water being injected and being forced past the piston rings it most likely pounded the bearings out the the rods..

i would not run the engine like it is or it could cost more to fix..if it indeed pound the rod bearings you may also have a few bent rods..

do a compression test to verify,low compression in some of the cylinders will be the tell tail to which cylinders are most likely have the bent rods and crushed bearings..

contact haxberry , it shouldnt be but a week or 2 to fixx it..Thanks Fixx. This is the best explaination of why the bearings could have failed. I kept thinking of the water in the oil as being the instigator, but it does make more sense that it was the pistons trying to compress the water that hurt the bearings.

No need for the compression test though. If the motor is coming out, it will be getting new forged rods/pistons from Raylar.

I'm sure Haxberry could get me running quickly, but I'm the type of guy that hates paying others to do what I can do myself. I enjoy assembling my own motors.

....and thanks for the drive water explaination. I was sure it could be explained by physics. I just needed someone to confirm it for me.

MOP
07-03-2011, 02:28 PM
If you read up you will find out it is the water/fuel mix produces extreme combustion that hammers the bearings, if you had enough water in the cylinders to stop a piston it would hydro lock and either not turn over or bend the rods.

mrfixxall
07-03-2011, 03:19 PM
Thanks Fixx. This is the best explaination of why the bearings could have failed. I kept thinking of the water in the oil as being the instigator, but it does make more sense that it was the pistons trying to compress the water that hurt the bearings.

No need for the compression test though. If the motor is coming out, it will be getting new forged rods/pistons from Raylar.

I'm sure Haxberry could get me running quickly, but I'm the type of guy that hates paying others to do what I can do myself. I enjoy assembling my own motors.

....and thanks for the drive water explaination. I was sure it could be explained by physics. I just needed someone to confirm it for me.


i just read that mop also stated a good point!

when you get it apart and if you have a dial indicator pur it on the deck of the block and find tdc of that cylinder,measure the deck and then the top of the piston, subtract that number and write it down..do this to all the cylinders and see if they vary from each other..the ones with the bigger numbers inspect the cylinder walls..when compressing water it will rock the piston in the cylinder walls and could put a hairline crack in it..if you cant see anything it may be wise to have the block and cylinders magnafluxed to make sure..

If your going to change the rods and pistons go with srp or j&e. a good rod would be a k5 hbeam from crower or if you can afford oliver that would be my first choice..you may as well get rid of tha cast crank as well and go with a forged one.. wineburg,Bryant or a luniti would be my choices..

good luck;)

Buddyc
07-03-2011, 03:43 PM
Or just put a 525 in it like Carl did and sell the 496... Really sorry to hear about your misfortune

Carl C
07-03-2011, 04:01 PM
Or just put a 525 in it like Carl did and sell the 496... Really sorry to hear about your misfortune

I was thinking the same thing about feeling bad for Glen after all the trouble he's had and boating season just getting rolling. Good luck with it. I don't know what else to say....:(

silverghost
07-03-2011, 05:18 PM
If this was my boat & engine I would disconnect everything needed to lift the engine out of the boat.
Pull the oil pan and start to pull the rod bearing caps & actually inspect the bearings & cranshaft bearing journals.
I would also pull the main bearing caps.
Do this while your engine is still assembled & cylinder are heads still on.

If you then see no damage or scoring on the crankshaft bearing journals; or and discoloration from heat, I would replace both the rod & main bearing shells with new STD. size bearing shells .
Use Plastigauge to check new bearing shell clearance.

You need not pull the entire engine apart to do this bearing shell swap.
Re-assemble &
Drop the engine back in your boat and see what your oil pressure situation then is .

This may salvage your summer boating season as well as your engine.
IF~ the bearing shells were just hammered out of shape & size.

On the oher hand IF you see crankshaft bearing journal scoring and heat damage you will then know that the saltwater/oli mix ruined your oil's film thickness that your crankshaft rides-on between the bearing shells to prevent direct metal to metal contact on the crankshaft bearing journals & bearing shells.

Then you will finally know for sure that a complete engine re-build is now in order.

This inspection/repair should only take a few evenings at best.~~~If it's just your bearing shells that were hammered out of shape.
It's worth a shot .

I would not run this engine now as it now sits with low oil pressure.

yeller
07-04-2011, 04:30 PM
..when compressing water it will rock the piston in the cylinder walls and could put a hairline crack in it..if you cant see anything it may be wise to have the block and cylinders magnafluxed to make sure..

If your going to change the rods and pistons go with srp or j&e. a good rod would be a k5 hbeam from crower or if you can afford oliver that would be my first choice..you may as well get rid of tha cast crank as well and go with a forged one.. wineburg,Bryant or a luniti would be my choices..

good luck;)I suppose it's better to be safe than sorry, but I'd be very surprised if a cast aluminum piston would crack a steel cylinder wall. I'm sure it's happened, but I just don't think it's likely.

As far as rods/pistons go, things are pretty limited for the 496. I'd rather not have to fork over the cash for custom made stuff. I'm not worried about the crank. The stock crank is plenty strong enough for the HP I'm running. Being an 04 engine, there is a small chance it has the steel crank. I think it was around 04 that they switched from steel to cast....at least that's what I've heard.

Ghost: I may be able to get away with bearings only, but because my engine is S/C'd, if it comes out, it's getting forged pistons/rods regardless of whether the stock ones are good or not.

Buddy: I was waiting for someone to mention the 525. It would be nice, but I'm not looking to spend $20k + on a motor change. Rebuilding the 496 will be far cheaper and keeps me plug-n-play.

Buddyc
07-04-2011, 04:47 PM
Best of luck, I couldn't imagine dropping that kind of coin on a motor.

MOP
07-04-2011, 06:57 PM
When we had mix problems on our drag motor the mains were fine, at first glance the babbit did not look all that bad. The crank was also fine as were the pistons/pins, it was ready for the next weekend.

yeller
07-05-2011, 01:39 AM
Sorry MOP, you lost me with your drag motor. What were you trying to say?

silverghost
07-05-2011, 10:54 AM
Yeller~

I think he is tellng you the same thing that I basically told you~

Pull the pan
Inspect the bearing shells & crankshaft journals.

Replace the bearing shells with new high quality STD. shells and~

Go boating next weekend !

mrfixxall
07-05-2011, 03:12 PM
yeller,

pull the oil filter and cut it open,pull the center out and check the inside of the filter for shavings,if they are present then your engine will need more then rod bearings..the whole engine will need to be disassembled and cleaned to get all the bearing material out..you will also need to replace the cam bearings,main bearing and maybe have to cut the crank and new rod bearings but that is just the start of it..now all your lifters will need to be checked or replaced because of the bearing material or they will need to be taken apart and cleaned..oil cooler will need to be replaces because you cant flush out the bearing material and most likely all the oil hoses because the bearing material will be stuck in the oil hoses..

yeller
07-05-2011, 03:40 PM
Thanks Fixx. Just when I started to think....."maybe I will just change the bearings so I can finish the summer"....and you have to hit me that. :wink:


You guys have my curiosity going...and seeing as I don't have the time to pull the motor right now, I'm going to do a compression test. I'll post the results.

I don't have the old oil filter at the house, so I'll have to check that later.


If the above two checks seem ok, then I may just do the bearings for now. Still not 100% sure on that, because I've never been comfortable running the S/C with the stock pistons and if I have to pull the motor..........do I want to pull it once and do it all, or salvage some summer and just do the bearings?? I'll probably make that decision once I start pulling the engine apart.

gcarter
07-05-2011, 03:45 PM
Mike, the oil flows from the outside to the inside, so Glen would have to cut the can off and look at the outside of the filter media.

mrfixxall
07-05-2011, 05:20 PM
Mike, the oil flows from the outside to the inside, so Glen would have to cut the can off and look at the outside of the filter media.


yes george is correct,,thank for the correction! :) i didn't finish the sentance..

when yeller gets the filter apart he should check inside the folds on the outer part of the filter..

and yeller if you are running a new filter and if theirs particles still in the oil it should also be caught in the new filter as well..it will look like silver and gold metallic paint..

btw,,you probably already know this but if any issues getting parts this is the 496 guru..

http://www.raylarengine.com/index.html

yeller
07-06-2011, 12:17 AM
..it will look like silver and gold...Silver and Gold!! Woohoo!! Maybe I'll find enough to pay for the rebuild. :hyper:

Thanks Fixx...I've already talked to Ray. I was actually a bit surprised at the prices. Not cheap, but I half expected them to be more considering the limited availability/competition.

yeller
07-24-2011, 02:26 AM
Finally had a bit of time to check the engine again.

Did a compression test and all cylinders were between 140~150. It's better than I expected seeing the engine has 300hrs and 200 with the procharger. Spark plug color was near perfect.

I also had the computer scanned and there were no low oil pressure codes. Alarm was going off because exhaust manifolds were getting too hot. I'm blaming that on low water flow. I'm 99% sure there is no blockage in the water passages. It has to be that the muffs just don't work very well on the Blackhawk drive.

I'll throw a new set of plugs in and drop it in the water. As long as I get good water flow and I can hit 35psi oil pressure, I'm going to run it. It may be stupid, but what the heck. :bonk: If it explodes, so be it.

mrfixxall
07-24-2011, 02:55 AM
Finally had a bit of time to check the engine again.

Did a compression test and all cylinders were between 140~150. It's better than I expected seeing the engine has 300hrs and 200 with the procharger. Spark plug color was near perfect.

I also had the computer scanned and there were no low oil pressure codes. Alarm was going off because exhaust manifolds were getting too hot. I'm blaming that on low water flow. I'm 99% sure there is no blockage in the water passages. It has to be that the muffs just don't work very well on the Blackhawk drive.

I'll throw a new set of plugs in and drop it in the water. As long as I get good water flow and I can hit 35psi oil pressure, I'm going to run it. It may be stupid, but what the heck. :bonk: If it explodes, so be it.


for the future,,get a plastic 55 gallon barrel,flip it on its side and cut a 2' x 4, hole in it with the big hole on top facing down,,slide it under the drive and fill it with water,,when its full leave the hose on and let her rip..

BTW any time you see HO on somthing your gonna have problems ;)

MOP
07-24-2011, 04:05 AM
Just how many psi did you loose, if you went from 50 to 35 you are nuts running it. Pull it roll it over and pull the caps, you have a fair chance of getting away with just rod bearings which are quite cheap. If you puke it it will cost way more.

yeller
07-24-2011, 11:20 AM
for the future,,get a plastic 55 gallon barrel,flip it on its side and cut a 2' x 4, hole in it with the big hole on top facing down,,slide it under the drive and fill it with water,,when its full leave the hose on and let her rip..

BTW any time you see HO on somthing your gonna have problems ;)The HO is a great engine. They've proven themselves to be very reliable. The problems I'm having have nothing to do with engine reliability. It was an aftermarket part that caused the problems.

yeller
07-24-2011, 11:31 AM
Just how many psi did you loose, if you went from 50 to 35 you are nuts running it. Pull it roll it over and pull the caps, you have a fair chance of getting away with just rod bearings which are quite cheap. If you puke it it will cost way more.MOP, I expected everyone here to think I'm stupid for running it. If I have to pull the engine, my summer is over. I'm too busy. It took me 3 weeks to find the time to do a compression test. The motor is coming apart over the winter and getting an entirely new rotating assembly, so if I hammer the snot out of the rods or other parts, doesn't matter to me. The risk I take is if I snap a rod or crank and destroy the block. I'll take the risk.

Keep in mind your talking to a guy who ran his 16C with a cracked block for a couple seasons. I'd take on 1/2 to 1 quart of water in the oil every time out. I'd just drain the excess and run it again. Every 4~5 times out I'd change the oil. I figured I'd run it till it died. Never did die.

Carl C
07-24-2011, 11:39 AM
Put some thicker oil in it and run it. STP might help but you need to add it with the engine running or it'll sit in the bottom of the oil pan. Good luck.

CaribouLou
07-25-2011, 09:02 PM
:kingme:

silverghost
07-25-2011, 10:48 PM
Yeller~
Sorry to hear about your oil pressure & engine noise problem over last weekend.
I know you wanted to finish your Summer boating season before pulling your engine.

You just don't mess with oil pressure issues like this.
It's a big risk.

I think any more running of this engine would only be tempting fate.
Hopefully you have done no severe damage to your engine block itself by running it again last weekend.

As MOP & I had suggested before I think it's time to finally pull your engine & it's oil pan to see what is really actually going on there.

I hope you did not spin a bearing or tear-up a cylinder wall .

Perhapps you can borrow , or buy, a cheap boat just to use to finish your season ?

Wishing you better luck in the future.

yeller
07-26-2011, 02:14 AM
Well, what you don't see in that pic is my wife driving the boat. I hopped on Jeremy's boat and let my wife push us along. I'm guessing it wasn't the low oil pressure, but pushing that Scarab barge that did the motor in. :kingme:

Changing the bearings or doing a total rebuild. Either was a season killer for me, because I just don't have the time. I rolled the dice.....and lost. As I said earlier; if it blows, it blows...so be it.

Look at it this way. Now there gets to be a 496HO rebuild post on the way.

The smile in the picture says it all. Even a bad day on the water, is a good day. :yes:

mrfixxall
07-26-2011, 03:20 AM
here ya go!,,bolt on your procharger and have ray or hax tune it and enjoy the rest of the summer :kingme:

http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/boa/2424900533.html