Can someone please help me out?
First - Hi! I'm new to this forum. My name is Josh. I have what my acct name states lol.
I'm having some troubles that are steadily getting worse... They started about in the fall and have SLOWLY gotten worse, until yesterday where I was getting 7mpg and a lot of noises. Let me try to explain in detail the best way possible.. These may be separate issues, I'm not sure.
When you start the truck, let off the clutch, AND leave the shifter in the center it's silent. When you move the shifter to the left and right (still in neutral) there's a loud winding. It's two different tones, higher between 1st and 2nd (again, still only in the neutral position) and lower between 5th and R. If you move it to the left and right the winding is clearly audible BUT when you press the clutch in and hold the shifter to the left or right it slowly stops and goes quiet. You can actually hear something spinning and when you press the clutch you can hear it slow down to a stop. When you let the clutch out, there's a certain spot that it just starts winding again. It seems somewhere in the linkage but I've never done work to a trans/clutch so I don't know any components. I took it to 4 basic mechanic garages and all 4 couldn't find anything wrong with it.
I took it to AAMCO (I understand, probably another mistake) and they said, "Something is loose in the drivetrain and we don't know how to fix it and the winding is coming from the transmission but it doesn't need to be replaced. I would recommend taking it to the dealership....."
Can someone please enlighten me. The truck has 70k miles and very rarely ever gets driven unless on a road trip. I drive very calm. I'm not a "hot rodder" at all.
Thanks so much.
edit - I forgot to mention the 2nd noise ha.
It feels like, when you're driving, the clutch engages at different times/points when shifting. Normally it always is in the same spot. 3rd mostly always makes a loud metal on metal clinking noise when you let out the clutch. 1st and 2nd do it but very rarely, 3rd does it almost every time. This truck is never driven hard. It never sees over 3k rpms, never tows and has been off road once since I've owned it and it was very minor. It's a strict DD vehicle. Thanks again.
On a side note.... Is there something a mechanic shop is afraid of with these trucks? I took it to a brake shop one time to get the rotors turned and they said they couldn't do anything for me because it was an anti loc brake system they couldn't help with.......?? And that I had to take it to a dealer?
I've never worked at a mechanics garage but is there something I don't know, some inside information, that I should when going "against a mechanic"? I was baffled by the fact he couldn't bleed my brakes because he said, "It has anti lock system. Can't do anything, you'd have to take it to the dealership" and then to have the trans guy say the same thing? WTF IS GOING ONNNNNNN??????????????????
Last edited by 03EC4.04x45spd; 01-06-2012 at 09:42 AM.