It sounds like an injector hanging. Outside of the questions with the thermal camera and heat there’s not much more you can do without tools you don’t have to diagnose. If you want to go from cheapest to most expensive your first stop could be checking the timing.
So I’m going to get ready and swap my injection pump and lines to this motor. And then I’ll get it timed.
In the mean time I’ve noticed a slight “low fluid vane pump” sorta noise coming from around the torque converter..it’s stead and kinda faint really. But it reminds me of a cold power steering pump noise. But just much quieter..is this normal and I’m noticing because I have the cover removed?
I checked the fluid level and I can never really tell where it’s at but it’s kinda wet all over in the stick..I added some fluid to account for what was lost during radiator/line removal. But maybe I just am running way to low on fluid..really though that dip stick is pretty hard to read right?
What are your thoughts? The truck always ran fine and never made a transmission noise before.
Maybe the pump got tweaked when pulling the motor out? Maybe it’s low fluid and I can’t tell?
All I can say about that is that it seems like it's easier to read the fluid level after it sits or runs for a while. Especially after adding more fluid. I think it just needs time to all run down the tube.
I've never tried to measure it, but that sounds pretty close. I know that you should be able to wiggle the torque convertor with the transmission bolted tight to the engine. When I do an install with an automatic transmission, I'll check the torque convertor several times during the install/tightening process to be sure that it's still free.
I put the truck in neutral and spun the flexplate around while I tightened the nuts..I used the freshly righted nuts to spin the whole unit enough to grab on the next one. So the closed end of a wrench being pulled down towards the passengers side.
I didn’t hear anything during that..but maybe I’m really low on fluid. I’ll get it up to temp and check the fluid with the spit and blue towel method.
I recall a weird shift when I did a short drive but the transmission didn’t get to temp. It’s not all that hooked up yet. I found a 2” leak on the seam of my radiator. Have to pull it back out to get soldered.