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    I took everyones advice to take care of my "tire spin feel" in my boat. I got rid of most of the problem but last sunday I was running across the lake and my boat just shut off. A few minutes of looking and I found that my rotor in the distributor wasn't turning. I figured it was the roll pin on the distributor but I was wrong. Once I got towed 3 miles up river to a landing and home I did some more digging. Come to find out I actually had busted the cam shaft directly in front of the drive gear for the distributor. I had never seen this before but after some calls I learned the this was a know issue with some crane cams. There was a few years that on their roller cams the induction hardening would fail and the shaft on which the distributor drive gear and last bearing journal was pressed onto would fail and break. I contacted crane cams directly and they took care of the issue even tho the cam was roughly 6 years old. I was able to spec out a different cam and they sent it to me at no cost. My boats up and running and I will be able to be back on the water for labor day weekend!!!
    There is really no point to this story, I just wanted to share in case anyone would happen to run across this issue. I give crane cams a lot of credit for taking care of this issue freely and quickly.
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    Although it's frustrating to have to get towed in, and also have to tear your engine apart and fix it, it certainly is nice to know that there are always people out there who will tow you in, and that Crane stepped up and took care of you....It's actually a slightly cautionary tale as to engine parts and their failure, plus hope for things to go right because of good people.....
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    Nice. Someone stands behind there product without have to threaten to come down and beat them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Problem Child View Post
    I took everyones advice to take care of my "tire spin feel" in my boat. I got rid of most of the problem but last sunday I was running across the lake and my boat just shut off. A few minutes of looking and I found that my rotor in the distributor wasn't turning. I figured it was the roll pin on the distributor but I was wrong. Once I got towed 3 miles up river to a landing and home I did some more digging. Come to find out I actually had busted the cam shaft directly in front of the drive gear for the distributor. I had never seen this before but after some calls I learned the this was a know issue with some crane cams. There was a few years that on their roller cams the induction hardening would fail and the shaft on which the distributor drive gear and last bearing journal was pressed onto would fail and break. I contacted crane cams directly and they took care of the issue even tho the cam was roughly 6 years old. I was able to spec out a different cam and they sent it to me at no cost. My boats up and running and I will be able to be back on the water for labor day weekend!!!
    There is really no point to this story, I just wanted to share in case anyone would happen to run across this issue. I give crane cams a lot of credit for taking care of this issue freely and quickly.
    My hats off to Crane for backing there products. I had a brand new Johnson lifter fail on the first pass this spring and they failed to do a damn thing about it, told me they would replace the broken lifter but it still hasnt shown up. They wont have to worry about me buying another part from them. Way to go Crane Cams!!! Good service is what makes racers keep buying from you.
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    It is a heat treat problem with the Crane rollers with the IG option. More like a less than ideal method they used to install the gear. They simply weaken the cam too much where the gear and rear journal press on. But is sounds better than telling you the method we use sucks. Its not an uncommon thing on Cranes with sufficient spring pressure.

    Was this cam manufactured AFTER SS took over, or before.
    If its before, its cool that they are backing it.



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    It was from before SS took over. I thought it was awesome they took care of it quickly and simply!
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    Crane has and hopefully will always be good in this area.
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    Ditto with Crane. They just took care of me on a flat tappet deal -no questions asked- and even gave me a free upgrade on the core. They're working very hard to keep their good name.
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    At one time their foundry mad the cores for Lunati Comp and most all other roller cam grinders didn't they?
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