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Whining noise in first gear - bearing?
Topic Started: Jul 5 2012, 09:55 PM (4,241 Views)
brichter14
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Today I started noticing a weird noise when I am in first gear moving from a stop. Its a whining noise that only makes a sound when im trying to get rolling. I have no problems shifting and the clutch feels fine. I drove it a bit today and it didnt make any noises when shifting in 2nd-5th. My buddies dad said it might be a bearing in the clutch. What do you guys think?

Btw this is a 93 3/5 with only 86k miles.
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If it is whining in one gear only, I would be inclined to believe you have a bad bearing on that gear. The clutch itself has no bearings. There is a throw-out bearing that dissengages the clutch, but if that was bad it would make noise whenever your foot is OFF the clutch and it would go away when you pushed the clutch in. If the whine gets louder, stop driving it. You don't want it seizing up on you. Been there, done that. It was one of those, I know I gotta rebuild it things, but I just kept thinking, I can make it a little longer........Then BANG, stuck on the side of the rode at 1 a.m. in the rain.
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Jittney
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It would be helpful to rule out some basic things like:
When is the last time you changed the transmission oil?
Was there anything (metal pieces...no matter how small) in the fluid?
What fluid are you running in it now?
Is it full?
If all these things are done, then try starting the car off in 2nd gear.
Do you hear the same sound?
Let us know. :news


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Low fluid can cause this.
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brichter14
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Trans fluid hasnt been changed since i got it. And it sat for 10 years before that so i will do that this weekend. What replacement fluid should i buy?
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brichter14
Jul 6 2012, 10:45 AM
What replacement fluid should i buy?
You'll get many answers to that question. :news

Here's what I've done, and liked very well, on our 93 & 91...........

Drain transmission oil, fill with regular 80/90 with Sea Foam, drive for 50-75 miles, drain hot, and fill with Penzoil Synchromesh. :drivin

The cheap oil & Sea Foam gives it a good rinse. Then the Synchromesh makes it shift smooth as butter. :cheers
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brichter14
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can i get all that stuff at autozone?
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brichter14
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I called a local autozone and they had the penzoil syncromesh. Because my car shifts fine and always have, should I spend the extra $ on the 80/90 oil/seafoam or can I just drain whats in there and replace it with syncromsh?
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snowfish
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Tough call on rinsing or not. :hmm

My oil looked so grungy, I had to rinse. :O Couldn't find myself just filling as is. :shake Plus I had just pressure wash everything, :gamerz with the engine and transmission out. The speedometer port, and axle seals, just had rags stuffed in them. I knew some moisture got in there. :shake

Bottom line is what ever you do, is better than what's in there now. ^o)

Rinse or no rinse, you'll love the Syncromesh. :cheers
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Thanks for the help guys. Ill put it in tomorrrow and let u know the results
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I changed my trans fluid, here is a before and after pic of the drain plug. Is that too much metal?

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It seemed to fix the problem. i put the car on a hill in first gear and made it push itself up the hill and it didnt make the whining noise.

On a side note my gorilla nutz came in for my 13 inch rims... and they are too tall. My hubcaps dont fit.

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Jul 6 2012, 11:13 PM
On a side note my gorilla nutz came in for my 13 inch rims... and they are too tall. My hubcaps dont fit.
There are some shorter bulge nuts that may work. http://www.brandsport.com/10mmx125thread.html Either the Excalibur brand which is .3" shorter, or open ended lug nuts.
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Jittney
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Congratulations on the improvement with the transmission oil change :)
That's an OK amount of metal dust, given it's been ages since it's been changed.
The synchromesh will reduce internal friction and metal loss.
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After the car sat for the past 6 days I started it up today and the whining noise has come back. Here is a video, if you listen closely you can hear it.

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Its hard to hear it but it also makes the noise in second gear. Seems to whine when the engine is under a load trying to move the vehicle...
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