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slight whine at low revs

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by KRich, Apr 12, 2012.

  1. Apr 12, 2012 at 4:44 AM
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    KRich

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    Hi all,

    Am looking for some input on a noise I can hear when I am starting to move from a stop and at low speed. To me it sounds identical to when the power steering fluid is starting to get low but I topped it up and the sound is still there. My Taco has 85000 kms on it but I shouldn't have to replace any belts or anything yet should I? Thanks for any help.
     
  2. Apr 12, 2012 at 4:55 AM
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    Warputer

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    A little lift & some extra steel....
    The sound is coming from the front...middle...or rear of the truck?
     
  3. Apr 12, 2012 at 10:46 AM
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    Looks to be coming from the front, it is relatively subtle but now my truck sounds more like a Ford :D
     
  4. Apr 12, 2012 at 10:58 AM
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    09tacorunner

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    it could be the alternator. my moms car had the same whine and it turned out to be the alternator.
     
  5. Apr 12, 2012 at 11:02 AM
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    SnowroxKT

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    You mean a supercharger? :p
     
  6. Apr 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM
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    A little lift & some extra steel....
    Does the sound get louder as you turn the steering wheel.....especially when the truck is not moving (more strain on the pump when it's parked)? The pump for the power steering can be bad even if it's full.
     
  7. Apr 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM
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    I have that same noise. When I turn the wheel, it makes no difference. I'm thinking the alternator is a good bet.
     
  8. Apr 12, 2012 at 4:03 PM
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    A little lift & some extra steel....
    Well? Update KRich?
     
  9. Apr 12, 2012 at 4:05 PM
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    One of the pulley bearings most likely. Its a common problem with the truck. Easy fix!
     
  10. Apr 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM
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    Thanks for the input guys! I did realize today that it is present all the time even when not in gear and does get more pronounced as I rev up the engine (only to a certain subtle level as the general engine noise overpowers it fairly quickly).
    I do have an amp and modest stereo installed but I was fairly sure that my TRD Sport had the upgraded alternator so I hope that wouldn't be going yet. Happy to hear that it is an easy fix if it's a pulley bearing.
    Anyhow I probably won't get a firm diagnosis or repair in the near future as I just got brand new 285/70/17 BFG A/T's installed today and have to let my bank account cool down for a bit :D
     
  11. Apr 12, 2012 at 7:05 PM
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    maxamillion2345

    maxamillion2345 Go home if you don't like guns liquor and whores.

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    Pull the belt off and spin every pulley by hand, if any of them make noise, replace. Or leave and at least you know what is wrong.

    Takes like 15 minutes.
     
  12. Apr 12, 2012 at 7:08 PM
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    Most likely this....

    Did my idlers last year. Rock Auto had the best price.
     
  13. Apr 12, 2012 at 7:12 PM
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    maxamillion2345 Go home if you don't like guns liquor and whores.

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    Oh and if it is an pulley bearing going south, you'll know. It'll get louder as it gets worse until you think you do have a supercharger. It was actually kinda fun for the couple days mine got really loud.
     
  14. Apr 20, 2012 at 11:30 PM
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    Was just wondering what a reasonable charge would be for the dealership to fix one of the pulleys? I know I should learn how to do it myself but I have a young child at home and time is not easily available.
     
  15. May 2, 2012 at 5:41 PM
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    bump

    Anyone had to get this fixed at the dealership?
     
  16. May 2, 2012 at 6:18 PM
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    I just had two fixed 2 days ago 280 dollars total one was 89 the other was 97 plus labor lucky mine was under warranty Much cheaper online.
     
  17. May 3, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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    Thanks for the heads up, just wanted to know the ballpark so the dealership wouldn't try to bend me over too much!
     
  18. May 3, 2012 at 11:47 AM
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    Just noticed you have an 06 and you managed to get it done under warranty?
     
  19. May 3, 2012 at 1:54 PM
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    Yea my truck came with extended warranty From previous Owner total bill was 920 bucks with a new lower steering shaft crazy dealer prices
     
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