Life Like noisy

Discussion in 'HO Scale Model Trains' started by Mattoon, Jun 12, 2006.

  1. Mattoon

    Mattoon New Member

    I have 2 Proto 2000 GP 30s that have a very noticable "thump" to them. The noise comes from the trucks, seems to be on one truck each. I can't figure out what it could be. I've had both apart and all I found wrong was both locos were drenched in oil. I cleaned both up and still had the problem. I even checked each gear under a magnifing glass. To me, it sounds like there is a piece of loose balast on one of the wheels. Has anyone else had this issue with a Proto 2000? I have 3 other P2K's, and they are fine, 1 gp30 and 2 GP 18's.
  2. LongIslandTom

    LongIslandTom Member


    Could it be the infamous cracked gear problem? P2K Geeps have a tendency to have cracked gears.

    Check the gears on the axles closely and see if there are any obvious and no-so-obvious hairline cracks. If they are, that's where the noise is coming from. The cure is simple-- Ask Life-Like for replacements (they will send them to you for free), or drop in Athearn geared axles (the LL P2K parts are clones of the Athearn axles).
  3. brakie

    brakie Active Member

    Thumpy thump thumpy thump is the call of a crack gear..
    Don't bother Life Like..They are no longer in the model business..Contact Walthers since they own the Life Like line of model products.
  4. Mattoon

    Mattoon New Member

    Thank you fellas!! I had noticed the LL trucks are very similar to Athearn trucks. I'll try gears from a couple of extra Athearn trucks I have lying around.
  5. David Rosser

    David Rosser Member

    If that (Available Athearn) does not fix it, the number at Walthers is 1-800-773-9350, ext. 7428, ask for Linda and explain your problem. Dave
  6. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

  7. Gil Finn

    Gil Finn Active Member

    Get what you pay for.

    I found Bachman to be good at a
    lowend price. Good luch with that.
  8. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    call Walthers and they will ship you replacment wheel sets with gears and bearings i just got ones for 3 of my BL2's.

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