After having a jump to the battery my car now.

Tiny
JEANMARIEBEE
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  • 2008 SUBARU LEGACY
  • 85,000 MILES
After having a jump to the battery my car now makes a humming type noise. I believe it was sometime of surge or short that caused the battery to die. I had driven it without issue. I stoped to use a GPS and when I plugged it in there was a small metal piece. After I unplugged it I noticed the metal piece and the car would not start. It started right up with a jump to the battery.
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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 AT 10:59 PM

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Tiny
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Where is the humming noise coming from on your car? Also have you had your alternator and battery tested?
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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 AT 11:12 PM
Tiny
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It seems to be coming from the engine area and is more noticeable when I accelerate. I purchased a new battery because the other one was 4 years old. I have not installed it yet and I did not have the alternstor tested. I plan on bringing it to the shop but can't get there yet.
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Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012 AT 11:27 PM
Tiny
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Should I expect further information?
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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 AT 12:16 AM
Tiny
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It seems as if the whole story is somehow abridged here, what is the whole story from the very beginning please.
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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 AT 12:54 AM
Tiny
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I agree there is something missing.
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Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 AT 4:24 AM
Tiny
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If you saw or read the first email I think it would be obvious that I gave the whole story, thanks but this was no help at all. I will wait until I can get to the Subaru dealer.
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Thursday, October 25th, 2012 AT 2:12 AM
Tiny
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I have been trying to help I asked where the noise was coming from because I cqant track it down myself?I also asked if the alternator was charging?Do you have a multimeter to do some testing?Were here to help.
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Thursday, October 25th, 2012 AT 2:19 AM
Tiny
DR. HAGERTY
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Just to put my word in, when you go to the Subaru dealer, tell them the same story you told us and see if you get satisfaction. This is not about ego, it just points up one of the reasons auto repair gets a bad name, the story is abridged, the owner get frustrated, and they blame the repairing technician or facility. Best of luck with your Subaru.
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Thursday, October 25th, 2012 AT 3:35 AM
Tiny
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The engine has many different moving parts in it. "There's a humming sound from my engine" can be dozens of different things. If you can narrow down WHERE in the engine compartment the sound is coming from, since we're not there to hear it, we can help.
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Thursday, October 25th, 2012 AT 1:56 PM
Tiny
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Wow. Didn't mean to upset anyone just simply stating that it was no help. It's obvious that I need to go somewhere so that someone can hear what I'm talking about. I am not a mechanic so unfortunately I can not be anymore specific than the noise is coming from the engine area. Unfortunately I think you need to have some car knowledge to use this site and I didn't know that, it is not stated anywhere.
I am sure I will get satisfaction from the Subaru dealer because my car will be there and they can look. I don't see how the story is abridged.I was there and I simply stated what happened. Sorry to offend, I will be sure not to trouble anyone again on this site.
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Thursday, October 25th, 2012 AT 6:05 PM
Tiny
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It is not your fault, you haven't offended anyone, explaining noises can be one of the most difficult symptoms to describe. You are doing the right thing by trying to find out what could be wrong before you take it into the dealer. With the car in park and the parking brake on, If you have some one that can rev the engine while you stand in front of the engine compartment with the hood open, try to listen for the general area of the sound. It would help narrow down the possibilities. Drive belts can make a strange noises as well as idler pulleys. See if the sound changes when you turn on the air conditioner or the heater. Also look to see if anything looks like it has been knocked loose and is touching something that is turning on the motor like the belts and fan. Sometimes your engine fan acts like a vacuum and it sucks up debris that is on the road. Remember to wear some safety glasses. We will do our best to help, we apologize we haven't been much help yet, but we will keep trying.
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Friday, October 26th, 2012 AT 6:40 AM
Tiny
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If you have a 2-3 foot piece of hose or tubing, you can use that to really narrow the source of the noise. Hold one end to your ear and slowly move the other end around the engine. The noise will appear to get louder as you get closer to the source.

I should have mentioned this in my first post.
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Saturday, October 27th, 2012 AT 1:01 AM
Tiny
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We are here if you need us I have helped even showed a blind man how to put to put on spike spiders which is a type of snow cleat for tires when I worked at the saturn dealer.
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Saturday, October 27th, 2012 AT 1:45 AM

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