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whistling sound between 25-30MPH

It is a 2004 jaguar x-type, with manual transmission. Started to make a whistling noise when driving between 25-30 MPH range. the sound becomes more high pitched as the car accelerates (from 25 towards 30 MPH) and opposite occurs when decelerating (from 30 to 25 MPH). What could be the reason for this whistling noise and what would cost to repair it?

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  • edited December 2009
    You need to isolate the cause of the whistling noise as to whether it is the engine, the drivetrain, or wind noise. To see if it is engine noise, put the car in neutral and acclerate the engine to see if you hear the noise with the car not in motion. If you do, the problem is most likely a vacuum leak somewhere. If it is just a vacuum hose, the cost would be minimal. If it is an intake manifold, the cost may be more expensive.

    If you don't hear the noise when the car is not in motion, find a quiet road, take the car up to 40 miles per hour and shift to neutral (but leave the engine on). Does the noise come about 30 miles per hour and then go away at 25 miles per hour? This isolates the noise to either the drivetrain or wind noise. At this point, have a garage raise the car up with the wheels off the ground and accelerate the car to 30 miles per hour to see if the noise is there when the wheels are turning and the car isn't moving. If it is, the problem is someplace in the drivetrain.

    If the problem is isolated to neither the engine nor the drivetrain, then there is some body trim piece tha is causing the problem. THis is harder to find, but usually simple to fix.

    I had a simlilar problem with a 1965 Rambler Classic that I owned. THe noise would start about 45 mph and top at 50 miles per hour. I determined that it was something in the grille and decided to leave it alone--served as a audible speed indicator. However, I took it back to the Rambler dealer for wsarranty work on something else. The service manager road tested the car and he decided to fix the problem even though I hadn't complained about it. He put some body putty around one of the upright trim pieces on the grille and it stopped the noise.
  • edited December 2009
    Thank you. I will try to isolate the noise following the procedure you described.
  • edited December 2009
    Is it possible the sound is coming through the speakers of your sound system?
  • edited December 2009
    No, I checked that. I still have the whistling sound when the sound system is off. Thank you.
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