Wow a legend! Glad to meet ya'
Let me know how the check of the strut turns out.
Concerning the whining noise, once you have the belt off, if you don't hear the sound anymore try spinning the alternator, water pump, power steering, etc by hand to see if the sound occurs. Remender those bearings in the alternator will make noise but mostly under load (with the belt on).
Before takinig the belt off run the engine (idle) with a lot of electrically powered accessories on, if the noise changes, suspect the alternator bearings.
You should raise the front tires and check for loose parts, including the wheel bearings.
That bad lifter, dead battery thing is surely a mystery. I'll try developing a hypothesis on this one (just for the fun of it), but it will be a long shot, no matter what I come up with. [Strange indeed]
Thanks for the quota advice. Let me know how it goes and if you need further help or can offer further assitance to me. Thanks.
Thursday, June 20th, 2013 AT 7:09 AM