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This thing is LOUD!

Discussion in '1979-1995 5.0 Mustang' started by 1989LX50, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. 1989LX50

    1989LX50 New Member

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    About 3 years ago, I started to drive my 1989 LX 5.0 from my old apartment to my nice new house. It was about a 60 mile drive, all highway. I made it just over half and noticed that there was a quiet whine coming from the engine. It sounded very similar to the whine of a super charger. Almost a chirp.

    I parked it for about an hour and when I went to start it up the sound was significantly louder. As in pigs dying type of loud squealing. Fearing damage, I decided to have it towed the rest of the way to my new home and put it in the garage. "Oh I will get to it later....."

    Alright, so now three years later I really want to drive it again and I actually have money to start putting in to it (not a lot, but some). My question is what can be squealing so loud and is my engine shot.

    Here is a list of things I know:
    -Engine does not seem to be struggling (idle is smooth; still strong)
    -sounds like it may be coming from passenger side, but too loud to tell exactly
    -does it in gear or in park with no change in pitch with either(auto)
    -it matches the revs of the motor and is louder with high RPMs
    -removed the belt and it still squeals

    I am not sure if it is as serious as a main bearing or as simple as a starter rubbing. I just hope you guys might be able to help me tell before I tear into it or bite the built, cry a little, and just sell it.
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    2k4mk1 4 more years of this freaking IDIOT!!!! SilverStar Member

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    Auto or stick.?
    If stick check Throw out bearing/clutch


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    It is auto. Someone did say it could still be the torque converter or output shaft rubbing, but i am not sure if it could make that high pitch of a whine.
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    2k4mk1 4 more years of this freaking IDIOT!!!! SilverStar Member

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    Front pump on transmission would be my "shot in the dark"


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    If it's a squeal and the belt is off its more than likely internal.
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