I wanted to know what on earth it is somewhat before I take it to my regular guy to have it fixed.
What made me think at first power steering pump was the sound at idle as the PS pump sometimes is noisier than others. Each time I check it the fluid is at the proper spot. The wheel bearing thing I think is more plausable because at freeway speeds, you hear it. One time we drove to a big city and I heard it but my wife did not. As the car was fully warmed up the sound didn't sound AS bad, but it is still there. I would not be surprised if it is the wheel bearings.
I know that if it is the power steering pump if you put it in neutral while going say 50mph, the noise would go away due to reduction of rpms. It did not. So that is what leads me to believe we've got a wheel bearing going on it.
So what the car needs at the shop I think will be as follows:
1. Replace serpentine belt (I have not replaced it since we bought the car with 71k.
2. Have them inspect the wheel bearings.
3. Have them inspect the power steering pump.
4. Change and flush the transmission as it needs to be done as it is time. I spent $2700 once for a re-manufactured Ford transmission and I don't want to do that again. If that pukes again, the car goes.
My guy is an ASE certified master tech, but I like to help him along as much as possible when I take it in.
My goal with this car is 180k as my wife only puts 10k on a year. I figure by that time we can just junk it. Good car otherwise. AC blows ice cold, transmission shifts properly. Just the din of the groan noise that drive me and the mrs. Nuts.
Any suggestions you can give me are greatly appreciated.
Again thank you for your initial post reply. I will let you all know the outcome.
Friday, April 16th, 2010 AT 6:35 AM