2000 Crown Victoria, 207K miles, 111K on current engine
My car has been an absolute champ since I took ownership of her at 133K miles, and to this day runs trouble-free. However, it’s just started making a noise that’s got my scratching my head. I can only describe it as a “puff” sound. It’s consistent with engine speed (higher RPM = faster puffs), and seems to get louder the more open the throttle is. If you let off the gas and coast, the noise goes away.
What’s kinda confusing me is that the noise does not occur at all while the car is not in gear. If you park and rev the engine, the noise doesn’t happen at all. All fluid levels and conditions are good, and there’s been no loss of power or other issues from the engine or transmission.
My only guess is perhaps I have a teeny-tiny pinhole leak in my exhaust somewhere. The sound seems to be coming from somewhere very close to the engine, but since it doesn’t happen when parked I can’t pop the hood and look around for where exactly the sound might be coming from. Anyone have an intelligent guess?