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My car started making a funny noise one morning. At first it sounded like the noise of sticking a straw in a fan. Checked but that was not it. Sounds like it was coming from the top side of the engine. While driving the car died and when I try to start it makes the regular noise at first but then like a whirring type noise. I was told it was the cam shaft, then I was told it blew a rod, then someone else said it was the alternator, and one other person said a new engine. It didn't over heat at all. It had oil, did have an oil change about a month before this happened. The noise still happened while driving and of course every mechanic said that they can't tell until they pull the engine apart to see what's up.
I'ma single mom and cannot afford that. Is there any way else of diagnosing? They ran the computer on it and there were codes that came up, but the only one I remember is a misfire. Can anyone help or advise?
 

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My car started making a funny noise one morning. At first it sounded like the noise of sticking a straw in a fan. Checked but that was not it. Sounds like it was coming from the top side of the engine. While driving the car died and when I try to start it makes the regular noise at first but then like a whirring type noise. I was told it was the cam shaft, then I was told it blew a rod, then someone else said it was the alternator, and one other person said a new engine. It didn't over heat at all. It had oil, did have an oil change about a month before this happened. The noise still happened while driving and of course every mechanic said that they can't tell until they pull the engine apart to see what's up.
I'ma single mom and cannot afford that. Is there any way else of diagnosing? They ran the computer on it and there were codes that came up, but the only one I remember is a misfire. Can anyone help or advise?
The shop should have recorded the codes, they generally put them on the receipt. That may help us.
 

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Well, with today's engines, without the codes, we're essentioally turning around twice and throwing a dart and hoping to hit the board. As for the whirring, has anyone checked the level in the power steering?
 

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Well, with today's engines, without the codes, we're essentioally turning around twice and throwing a dart and hoping to hit the board. As for the whirring, has anyone checked the level in the power steering?
Not that i am aware of. People keep saying it's the alternator but I don't know how to test it. And the other bunch say it's the engine but the only way to be sure is to pull apart the engine
 

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I know you don't have them, but codes will tell you a lot for what's going on in the engine. An alternator can be bench tested at a lot of parts houses.

I bring up the power steering pump, because (in my opinion) Ford power steering pumps are noisier than most. If they're low on fluid, they're incredibly noisy.
 
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