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Old 06-03-2009, 12:09 AM   #1
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car is experiencing whining noise when it runs. i think its the waterpump but brother thinks its power steering pump. anyone got an idea?
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Old 06-03-2009, 01:53 AM   #2
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I would use a mechanic's stethoscope to listen to the parts you suspect to see which one is generating the noise. If it's inconvenient to get one, you can try putting a pipe or long screwdriver on the part, and carefully putting your ear on that to listen.
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Old 06-03-2009, 09:09 AM   #3
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The alternator also can make a whining noise, and is the more common source in my somewhat limited experience. The bad water pumps I've experience tended to leak at the shaft or make a "clatter" noise rather than whine, and similarly the power steering pumps have tended to leak a bit at the shaft as they were going bad. But your case may be different.

Listen to localize as suggested above.

And welcome, check your ECTS per many other threads, and perhaps add you year and model to your profile - it helps others when you ask questions because some issues tend to be year/model specific
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:49 PM   #4
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I too had a whining noise. Was like that for over a year until one day my idler pulley locked up and threw the belt. I replaced the idler pulley and belt. It fixed it completely. Now it is quiet as can be.
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I had a terrible whining noise last year, it went away after my mothernlaw got out of the car.
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Old 06-13-2009, 08:12 PM   #6
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Make sure you check the transmission fluid level(automatic). A low level will create a serious whine sound!
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