OK, I am not sure if this is the right forum to be posting this in or not...if it isn't, just let me know. I'm new here. Anyway, I drive a 2000 Ford Ranger, 4 cyl. 5 speed manual. I bought it used last year with 23K miles on it and it has about 49K on it now. She is my 4th ranger, all of them standards (They' all been good to me). Anyway, I've had a few issues with her of late. Round 1 was a bad universal joint and crush sleeve (No clue what the crush sleeve is, but it involved the dealership tearing apart the rear axel. The next was a week later when there was smoke coming out of my steering column. Seems the control unit for the turning signals, wipers, ect. was bad. Well, here it is a month later, and I have yet another problem. I am hoping to get an idea of what it is before taking her back into the shop AGAIN (Glad I opted for the Ford Extended Service Plan!).
Anyway, I noticed the other day that there is a low pitched, rhythmic whining noise when I drive (I can't pin point WHERE it is coming from). At first I thought it might be the road I was on, but now I am pretty sure something's wrong. It occurs whether I am accelerating or decelerating, and seems to get worse (louder/more pronounced) when I hit 45mph. Yeah, I know I'll probably have to go BACK to the dealership to have it looked at, but, well, any thoughts? THANKS in advance for any help!