These cars had a problem with the Continuously Variable Transmission/Trans-axle. The bearings inside go bad along with the friction belt to confirm the issue lets get a fluid sample which will be (if the transmission is bad) it will smell, be a dark color, might have metallic flakes. Here is a guide on how to check the fluid level. Can you please shoot a quick video with your phone so we can hear the noise, that would be great. You can upload it here with your response so I can be sure? Can you confirm the noise location front or rear of the engine?
Check out the diagrams (below). Let us know what happens and please upload pictures or videos of the problem.
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Sunday, September 30th, 2018 AT 12:21 PM