Transmission whine


#1

I have a '03 Acura TL with 52,000 miles on the odometer. It has an automatic transmission. Recently I have been hearing a soft whine (barely detectable) I believe comes from the transmission or differential. I hear the whine in the lower gears around town. The transmission operates properly, and does not leak fluid. Is it likely that I’m in for a serious transmission problem?


#2

Does it whine when in neutral if you rev the engine or only while being driven?


#3

Only when being driven. I don’t hear it when I rev the engine and the transmission is in Park or neutral.


#4

Have you checked the fluid level? Your owners manual tells you how.


#5

It is good you are sensitive to your car. Is it still under warranty? If so get it diagnosed by the dealer, for free. There are a number of possibilities but it really needs a diagnosis by in person to isolate the source of the noise, I would not think it a serious problem but it is hard to give any real information at this point.


#6

Yes, I checked the fluid level. It is full and the fluid looks clean.


#7

No, it’s not under warranty.