Hey guys, long time no talk. Got a whirring question for ya.
It's been a while since I've been on here, good to be back. Question for 'yall...
I have a '97 XLT, 5-speed. I just noticed tonight that I have a slight whirring noise when the truck is in 3rd and 5th gear. It's more pronounced in 3rd gear. It's not too loud... I barely noticed 3rd over the radio. But it's new and considering I have 175k miles, a bit scary.
I checked the tranny fluid through the fill hole. Had some drain out when I got the filler bolt off, so I don't think it's a fluid level issue. I did note that the fluid was almost black (though it wasn't exactly a bright sunny day under the truck... I'm in the dark with a flashlight here).
Any thoughts on what it could be? I got the truck at 115k mi and never had the tranny fluid flushed/replaced. Don't know if the prior owner ever did that. I don't have any particular inclination on flusing/not-flushing, but I've read a lot of "if it's never changed, never change it" when it comes to tranny fluid.
2004 Ranger EDGE, V6 SOHC, 5 speed | Mods: Explorer OHC, Turn Signal Mod