RECENTLY WHEN DRIVING I HEAR A WINDING NOISE

  • Tiny
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  • 2002 Oldsmobile Alero
  • 75,000 miles

Recently when driving I hear a winding noise. It sounds like an airplane taking off. When stopping it slows and becomes lower pitch. It does not seem to be the engine because I can rev the engine and hear the noise of the engine separately.

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 AT 7:04 PM

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  • Tiny
  • saturntech9
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If you put the transmission in neutral and coast is the noise still there?

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2012 AT 7:25 PM
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Yes, when the car is in neutral and coasting the noise is still there. The faster the car is going the faster the winding noise is.

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Saturday, December 15th, 2012 AT 4:03 AM
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Does it sound like its coming from the front or back of the car?Also do you have a jack and jack stands?

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Saturday, December 15th, 2012 AT 6:26 AM
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Yes, I have a jack and a jack stand. The noise sounds like its coming from the front of the car. I can't tell if it is more left or right sounds fairly centered

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Saturday, December 15th, 2012 AT 6:50 AM
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Put the front of the car on jack stands so the front wheels are off the ground. Then put the car in neutral then put one hand on the coil spring and use the other hand to spin the wheel as fast as you can. If the wheel bearing is bad you will be able to feel it in the coil spring. Check both sides and compare them to each other. Let me know what you find.

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Saturday, December 15th, 2012 AT 7:02 AM
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OK, I put the car on jack stands and spun the wheels and both sides felt pretty much the same. However, I couldn't get the wheels to spin very easily or fast.

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Saturday, December 22nd, 2012 AT 9:12 PM
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Even in neutral they didn't spin very fast?Did you check the back wheels also?

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Sunday, December 23rd, 2012 AT 7:41 AM

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