I took the car to a transmission shop. The gentleman said that he didn't think it was the torque converter. He pressed the brake and accelerator when we were going about 50mph and the noise persisted. He also dropped from D to 3 and the noise continued. He said that there is no bearing on the stator; that it's connected to the torque converter. He also said that a bearing noise would show all the time, not just the very special circumstances that this noise does.
He thought it sounded more like air being pulled through a hole, like the air cleaner box. I'm gonna have to investigate that more.
I took the serpentine belt off or a minute and it still made the noise, so it's not any of the accessories.
Friday, December 17th, 2010 AT 11:16 PM