What does this noise mean? (Whine/rattle from rear of vehicle)
I have a 1992 Ford ranger extended cab with a V6 engine that I was only planning to keep a few more months before I moved into a new province (I cannot get it safetied there).
It has started making a strange noise that I do not want to invest a fix in (what with it getting junked soon and all).
It started with a loud squeal/whine that was not unlike what you might expect if a belt was wet. The whine sound went away, and then came back much quieter a week or 2 later, and was accompanied by a metallic rattling sound that seems to be coming from the rear of the vehicle. I kind of suspect the differential as the sound seems to go away if I press down or let off of the gas, and it will not make that sound at all if I am not pushing down on the gas, and because it is coming from behind me.
I guess my question is if anyone has a good idea of what that might be, and if it is something I can put off for a month or 2 if I am not driving it more than once a week.