1996 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP 3.4 overhead cam. Had a purge valve issue, but was replaced,
resealed a oil leak at the oil pump drive shaft plug, but didn't remove head or cam housing, just the
intake. This was a year ago, not related to this problem.
The engine ate the timing belt for the 4 overhead cams. The belt was replaced, engine started, but
very noisy and stalled, not to restart. Next the cylinder heads were removed. One replaced because
of cracks, and both completely rebuilt. At this time the o2 sensor was replaced, a complete tune up,
starter, just a basic really going over on wear items.
Now with all the repairs made regarding the timing belt failure. The engine now starts and runs with
power. But has a very loud buzz saw or chain saw noise coming from the front of the engine. I
removed the serpentine belt eliminating all the accessories. Removed timing belt covers to verify
timing belt is not rubbing. I'm a professional mechanic by trade. I've work on Toyota industrial
equipment for last 22 years. Not familiar with this 3.4, but with info can repair as to factory
Looking at a picture breakdown of engine, there's also a timing chain and tensioner driven by crank
to balancer shaft, which drives timing belt. My gut response is this may be it. Could the destruction
of the timing belt damaged this chains tensioner, and now it's slapping the cover? Or maybe you
know this is something else. Due to the fact these are difficult cars to work on, I don't want to repair
something that isn't broke.
If you have verified that nothing was rubbing on the timing covers, i would have to say that i have
not had a belt failure cause damage to the chain or tensioner. I have however had several of the
timing belt idler pulleys fail and cause noises. Many times this is the cause for the timing belt to fail.
Spin each of the idler pulleys to listen to the noise. Of course this would require removing the belt.
Could also use a small pry bar to see if pulleys have any play or seam to wobble. This can be
done with belt still on.
1996 Pontiac Grand Prix Noise After Timing Belt Replacement