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Old 05-09-2007, 11:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Whine, Sounds like a mini supercharger

So my car started making this whining noise, it is faint but sounds like a mini supercharger. Any Ideas what it could be?
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Your fan clutch might not be disengaging properly or your electric fan might be coming on more often due to increased summer heat.
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or the transmission is going bad, a bad transmission can sound like that, or the serpintine belt is getting old...water pump, could be any number of things, i suggest popping the hood and listening for where its coming from
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i have that whine too, i like it though so it stays.
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could be pullies, tensioner....

i have the same noise...but its only around certain rpms...
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you got a supercharger!!!!
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i've had a whining problem too... but i noticed it only when the radio is on.. as soon as i turn off the radio, the whine goes away... weird... you guys should take a look...
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It isnt the tranny, It does it when I am stationary,and moving. I will take a look around today.
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I just made an appointment for it next week, my cooling needle starting twitching about 1mm or so, maybe I was seeing things. Just curious what weight of oil do u run in the summer. Right now I have 5w30
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check your belt, tension and idler pullies.
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Ya, I need to learn how to do all that stuff, I just dont know what is within spec or not.
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ya my car makes that noise in like firrst and second gear from like 1 to 2.5 rpms. i put some stuff on my belts to make it less squeaky to see if thats was the problem and i havent noticed it since. so you should try that first seeing how it is the cheapest fix.

does anyones car make a diffrent noise as soon as they turn the A/C on cause mine does
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does anyones car make a diffrent noise as soon as they turn the A/C on cause mine does
That could either be your compressor or the auxiliary electrical fan on the radiator. Both of them tend to come on when you turn on the A/C.

Aux fan also comes on when your radiator reaches a certain temperature.
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