Hey there car people! I have a problem I hope you can help me diagnose.
Car is 1987 Mazda 323 hatchback with 1988 engine and transmission (5 speed manual), tons of miles on it, but a lot of repairs and replacements over the years.
Had it to the mechanic a week ago to change out an axle on front left and ball joint on the right front. I hadn’t driven it for about a month before and now that I’m driving it daily again, it seems like the engine is really loud on the right front. In particular it seems to whine a lot right before I change gears (had the clutch replaced with aftermarket clutch in the last 6 months). After I get it to 5th, it seems really whiny like it wants me to change gears again, but I’ve got nothing left so I usually depress clutch and put it in 5th again, just to make sure that’s where I have it. When it’s in neutral it doesn’t whine at all.
While mechanic was replacing the axle and ball joint, we asked him to tighten up the gear shift since it tended to chatter a bit. It still rattles some in 3rd but the others are ok. Not sure if that could be related.
Mechanic had looked at the axle before and was afraid it was rusted to transmission and that he wouldn’t be able to get it out without damaging the transmission, but he was really happy when he could make the repair without hurting the transmission.
I spend 6 hours a day driving this car so I’m really sensitive to the different sounds and rattles.
So…any guesses on what the whine is?
We’ll be taking it to the mechanic in a few days, but any input would be greatly appreciated.