Hello Car Talk community! I’m having the strangest problem, or lack thereof, and I wonder if you could advise…
About two months ago I noticed a transmission-y rattle coming from my 1982 Isuzu P’up (diesel). The rattle wouldn’t start right away, you had to drive the truck for 4 or 5 miles before it would kick in. And it wasn’t always there, it would sort of go away and come back intermittently, although this pattern repeated every time I drove the car. The noise was present in every gear, including 4th.
I took it to a transmission guy, who claimed to have heard it coming from the engine, not the transmission, while it was up on the lift. Later I took it to another mechanic, who insisted it was in fact the transmission, and that the transmission guy didnt know what he was talking about.
Stuck in a contradictory limbo, I drove the car around for a few days, trying to make notes on the problem.
And then the car had an electrical problem, which kept me from driving it for about 2 weeks. The guy who did the electrical doesn’t speak english very well, but as I understand it he fixed something that recharges the glow plugs? Or recharges the battery? Not sure.
But here’s the thing:
The noise is gone.
I’ve been driving the car for two weeks now, taken a longish (80 miles round trip) freeway drive and I keep waiting for it to come back. But no noise! So what’s going on??? Where did my noise go?
I put my fate (or at least my transmission’s fate) in your hands!
Thanks in advance! IR