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Old 01-30-2006, 05:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Wooshing noise as I accelerate in each gear.

Just came back from a weekend away (a good 400 miles done @ 90 mph+) and for some reason i'm getting a wooshing sound as i get mid to high revs.

it almost sounds like someone is turning the heater blower up as i am revving through the gears.

it hasn't affected performance, or anything else, but it drowns out the noise of the engine revving and sounds like i'm driving a hair dryer.

anyone know what this may be?
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Old 01-30-2006, 06:52 PM   #2 (permalink)
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just cleaned my air filter, checked plugs etc and took her or a little drive

it now feels like there's not much power 3500 rpm and up. like the car is holding back.

i'm thinking a vacuum leak from what i've found on some old threads.

anyone else think so too?

thanks in advance if you can help.
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The Wooshing might be your fan clutch. The easiest test is to remove the fan and clutch (reverse threaded, need 32mm spanner wrench) and take it out for a spin. If the wooshing is gone, drop some money on a new fan clutch. About $140. At least it is something that can be checked easily.
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could be a vaccumm leak, do you get any fault codes? or have you had one recently?
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