You can figure out EXACTLY where the noise is coming from...
Yeah. That's what I've been trying to do all along except I’ve been failing epically.
I noticed while driving around yesterday…
I don’t think the noise is there at all in gear weather on the gas or not, no noise in gear. The noise only seems to be there in neutral or with the clutch in.
I also think the noise isn’t going away with more speed, it’s just getting higher in pitch. Slow speed it’s like a low deep slow whirring sound and just gets faster and higher in pitch the faster I go.
The noise does stop if I pull the wheel left at all and gets louder if I pull the wheel right any.
Brakes make no change in the sound at all.
I drove on different road surfaces and no change in sound.
Rotated tires and that made no difference.
The noise is there the whole time until I come to a complete stop.
Tomorrow I’ll jack up the rear end and run the car in gear. If the noise is still there, it’s definitely the rear. I’ll try to use a stethoscope to pin point it. If the noise is gone, then it’s probably only there with wheel load present.
Somehow turning left makes the noise stop and turning right makes it worse. I’m thinking more and more that its one of the carrier bearings at this point. But why would the noise stop when I put it in gear and also stop in a left turn? Maybe the left turn loads the bad (bearing?) as does putting it in gear and the right turn unloads the bad (bearing?) making it louder.
Maybe I should wait for the big boom. Should be easy to figure out then.