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Old 07-16-05, 10:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question Whining Noise - 97 Acura RL

I bought my 97 RL with 83k miles. Soon afterward it started to whine - it get louder as you go faster and is about the loudest at 40-45 mph. It sound like it is coming from the transmission or drive train.

Any suggestions on a fix??
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hard to make a gues as to what that could be without hearing it myself...

I might check and change my diff and tranny fluid.
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There appears to be a common problem in the 97 RL with this kind of noise. I believe it is the differential that is making the noise. Something to do with its distance with respect to other parts close by. I am not sure if every mechanic will fix it, but if you go to an experienced mechanic, they should be able to fix it.
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There appears to be a common problem in the 97 RL with this kind of noise. I believe it is the differential that is making the noise. Something to do with its distance with respect to other parts close by. I am not sure if every mechanic will fix it, but if you go to an experienced mechanic, they should be able to fix it.
really? just 97RL's?

do you know if there is a TSB for it?
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Don't know about a TSB, but have seen this in at least five different 1997 RLs, including mine. My mechanic fixed it by inserting a quarter-size metal piece at the bottom of the engine, and putting in a new bolt.
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Does your Mechanic mainly work on Acuras? I would really be interested in the details of the fix. Can you check with him and let me know. The whining is driving me crazy... and it is a little embrassing when you have others in the car, the radio down and trying to carry on a conversation. It's an Aruca RL for Pete's sake!! Why is your car whining???
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do you know where exactly? just going on that info, it sounds more like the sound might be sort of a rattle or vibrasional resonance than some mechanical problem with the tranny or something... which is good to know that the car won't fall appart.
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is your air conditioning on when it makes the noise? try turning it off see if it goes away. my car with the a/c on makes a loud humming noise and gets louder as the speed increases then when i turn a/c off it drives really quiet any ideas?
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I will see him this weekend and ask him of the exact technical name(s). I believe he said it was something to do with the relative distance of the differential to something.
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PS: He is a non-US trained mechanic so he uses unconventional methods to fix problems. Works on all makes and models, generally.
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a/c a factor ??

It doesn't make a difference - a/c on or not on.

I think it has something to do with the differential.
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I tend to remember reading some where (list of TSB, recalls etc...) of this issue. I'm surprised you don't recall this Jinny.....Isn't there something with the tourque converter or something in place before that that was the culprit.....?
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I tend to remember reading some where (list of TSB, recalls etc...) of this issue. I'm surprised you don't recall this Jinny.....Isn't there something with the tourque converter or something in place before that that was the culprit.....?
I'm getting old... I have a bad/selective memory...
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That's OK Jinny ! That's why were a great bunch with great resources ! I think there is a TBS on that issue....
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