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    Default Spinoff: Ford Truck whining noise

    2000 F250 V10 - when first started, it makes (as best I can describe it) a whining noise.
    Sounds hydraulic to me but I am no mechanic.

    Truck has been on the highway and around town with no issues. Hauled a 2H GN w/LQ and handled normally.

    What could the noise be & does it need to be checked out by my local (honest) mechanic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2DogsFarm View Post
    2000 F250 V10 - when first started, it makes (as best I can describe it) a whining noise.
    Sounds hydraulic to me but I am no mechanic.

    Truck has been on the highway and around town with no issues. Hauled a 2H GN w/LQ and handled normally.

    What could the noise be & does it need to be checked out by my local (honest) mechanic?
    When mine did that it was my turbo needing to be cleaned out. Not sure if thats the case with yours, just throwing it out there.



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    eh..usually the whining noise is my spouse, so I just tell him to shut up...

    sorry...couldn't help it....
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbaytb View Post
    eh..usually the whining noise is my spouse, so I just tell him to shut up...

    sorry...couldn't help it....



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    Does the noise worsen if you turn the wheel while in park? It may have something to do with the power steering. If not, well...??



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    Quote Originally Posted by mjrtango93 View Post
    When mine did that it was my turbo needing to be cleaned out. Not sure if thats the case with yours, just throwing it out there.
    Turbo's don't need cleaned out and a V10 does not have a turbo



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    Another vote for power steering. I know nothing regarding more modern Fords but we have had a collection of clunkers over the years and they all whined if you turned the wheels when the truck was stationary/moving very slowly. They needed fixing when the steering wheel started to jerk/ not turn smoothly, usually belt tightening. Never had one fail/lose fluid, but keep moving and you can steer, won't be easy, not at all, but a strong arm can get it done.
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    Another vote for power steering issues.

    Could be the hose has a leak, or the PS motor needs to be changed, or there is a little radiator thingie for the PS motor that could be bad. When that went out on me I have NO steering and was very glad I was not hauling at the time because the wheel practically locked up and I had to stop.

    Flip the hood and check the fluid level and go from there.



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    My ford expedition is currently making a high pitch whine when in gear. We took it to our garage to have them look at it and they said it is most likey the transmission.



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    Sounds like PS needs checking.
    Will have that taken care of before I haul anywhere.

    I had the "pleasure" of PS going out on my Blazer w/no trailer behind me and that was not an experience I care to repeat

    bigbaytb: shame on you, but
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    Default save your mechanic time and your money too.

    Narrow the search by noting the noise and what changes its pitch, volume, etc.

    Then isolate the cause. Is the noise only present when truck is moving? On a clear road, put the truck in neutral and coast. Does the noise change when you rev the engine while coasting? If yes then, the cause is likely engine related. Alternator bearings, water pump, a/c, cooling fan, belt tensioner, etc as the power steering pump could be the culprit.



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    hosspuller:
    As best I recall (truck does not leave the farm too often) I hear it when I first start up, then sometimes when truck is moving, but not constant.

    This truck is new to me - I got it in March - but it had gotten a lot of use from former owner who used it to haul 2H GN w/LQ on camping trips several times a year.
    Her husband is a longhaul trucker with his own garage/shop, so it was kept in good shape. He insisted on replacing brakes before delivering the truck to me.

    I will be driving it tomorrow (sans trailer) so will make note of when the noise does & does not happen.
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    I'm saying belts. You can begin by eyeballing these yourself.
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    Don't scare me... I have one of these too!

    Although it doesn't do much as of late...I have replaced more parts on it due to LACK of driving it than from anything else!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Myalterfornow View Post
    Does the noise worsen if you turn the wheel while in park? It may have something to do with the power steering. If not, well...??
    I agree with everyone who said power steering. Did you check the fluid levels? Very often it's a sign of low fluid levels... so you then need to find out WHY you have low fluid levels.


    I had to get my steering column replaced for a leak I had (could have kept going as it wasn't a fast leak, but why risk it?) and was lucky to have a friend who could replace it for me. I think the parts were $250 and the estimates from mechanics were around $800.
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    Default weeeellllllll.....

    Truck took me to the Chgo Burbs this weekend - 45min each way at highway speed - and never made a peep.

    How do they know?

    I am going to try like crazy to get it to my mechanic for a onceover before hauling next weekend.

    Since my accident I am such a weenie
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    The gremilns like to hide when they think you're onto them.

    Hmmm. Has the weather been 'different'? My belts squeal when it's wet or cold.

    If it were mine I would have it checked out as well.

    Good luck, hope it's something cheap and easy!



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