We were out a couple days ago on the lake and after towing a rider at idle the boat started making a strange noise coming from the rear transom of the engine (ie: alternator, raw water pump area), it would come and go intermittently, and seem to go away when RPMs were introduced to motor. At idle most of the time the noise was quite loud, and annoying, the sound was kind of a high pitched squeel/air or whistle. The noise would happen both in "nuetral" or while the boat was engaged in gear. The boat is a 2011 VLX w/Monsoon 350 HP with 151 hours on it. I dont think the alternator would be toasted at 150 hours, nor the impeller/water pump bearing. The boat was making the noise when I took the boat out of the water and loaded it on to the trailer... I did check the belt with my hand, it does not feel "loose", but sometimes they are difficult to determine if they are not tight enough.
Fast forward about one hour....
The strange thing that is throwing me off is I came home put the boat on the fake a lake for 10+ mins, got it up to normal operating temp and it never made a bit of noise the entire time????? Nothing is leaking in the engine compartment, bilge is bone dry.... I have 5+ hours on a new Globe impeller which I removed, inspected and re-installed that evening. I also have replaced the Serpentine belt with a new one. I also checked all the fittings, removed the trans cooler and inspected and everything seems fine.
I am going to lake test again on Monday, if the noise returns does anyone have any recommendations on what I could check while out on the water? I was considering installing a new Johnson impeller, this is the first year I have ever used a globe impeller, not sure if it is the impeller causing the noise.
Thanks for any info or suggestions...