Subaru Baja ’03, only 51k miles on it, manual transmission – I love my car.
Pretty much used for only short trips.
I was driving home on a longer trip, and when I turned the music off, I noticed a new noise.
At first I thought my transmission was going! But when I shifted into neutral, I noticed the noise did not go away.
And the pitch gets higher at higher speeds, and lower at low speeds. It is hardly noticeable over the engine noise, but I can definitely hear it – my mechanic (the next day) who was in a rush did not hear it. I’ve driven it on grass, and still hear it, so it isn’t the tires.
The best way to describe it is- it sounds like:
- a winding gyro
-one of those toy cars you push and push to get going, then it goes.
-When you’re in a jet airliner, and the engines are powering down (of course not that loud).
The sound does not occur in a sitting position, revving up the engine, etc. It is dependend on the tires or axle rotationg.
Initially, I was thinking transmission, wheels, wheel bearing, or maybe something to do with the front AWD mechanism? But since I hear it on grass or pavement, and in neutral, I think we can rule out tires and transmission - right? Any help would be appreciated. I have another appt next week with my mechanic (he’s going on vacation)