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1996 Pontiac sunfire whining sound, causes?
I got an email from my g/f saying she had a problem with her car listed below. She described a whining sound when she is at idle..this whining sound goes away when you speed up. I drove her car and could hear the whining sound in the cabin. I even popped up the hood and had her hit the gas a little when the car was parked. I heard the whining sound..it sounded like it was coming from the belts. could this be the problem? she hasn't had a timing belt replaced and the car has 80k miles. I don't see any broken belts though. here's her email about the problem she had. any advice on what to look for would be greatly appreciated. I read from others that this model car has head gasket problems, but I don't think the whining sound has anything to do with that I hope.
I'm having problems with my
car this morning though! I would really like it if you would come out here
when I get off at 2 (or before even, if you wanted)and drive it around the
block & look at it for me. (I don't have my cell phone with me, and I'm not
confident that I should be driving it.) It's making a strange noise at low
speeds, it seems to happen when the RPMs get around the 1 mark. It sounded
normal at high speeds, but in stop and go traffic, it makes sort of a
whirring sound like maybe it's idling too high or something like that. Car
trouble is just what we need when we're about to drive to Florida. I really
think I need to get my car totally checked out before we go, because it's
never had any major maintenance done on it and it's over 80k miles now. But
I'm terrified of getting suckered for thousands, so will you please, please
help me figure out where to take it and what needs to be done. I don't mind
if the maintenance is expensive, it will be cheaper than waiting until it
breaks down or worse yet dies altogether and I have to get a new car. I'm
pretty stressed out this morning lol. Hopefully it is something minor, but
I'm worried because I've never had anything done to it and I'm afraid it's
gonna cost a lot.