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Re: Little transmission whining noise.
First off i want to really thank you guys for all the answers you gave to my questions, they really do help. Sorry if i sound like im beating a dead horse or if it seams that im trying to find problems, but the truck does have a 7500 mile warranty so if there are any problems, then this is the time to take care of them, if you know what i mean. So i probably will have alot more questions to ask you guys for for the next few weeks, Thanks again!!
So on that note, I dident take the truck out for a test drive yesterday after changing the fluid, i only started it and ran it in neutral to see if the noise went away. But i did drive the truck to work today and if i pay attention to the sound, it does whine in first and second gear and a little in third as im accelerating from a stop. To better put the noise it sound like im in 4Lo (low gear ratio sound). Another thing is, say im driving in 1st or 2nd gear, if i let up off the throttle (with the clutch still engaged) and start coasting the whine almost goes away, as soon as i push the throttle in to accelerate the whine comes back. Also to, when im in neutral and the engine is idling with the clutch engaged (peddle released) the whine does increase with engine speed. Like i said the noise is not that noticeable but because i drive it everyday i notice it.
Another thing i want to ask is what is the best way to check the condition or wear life on the clutch? Is there an inspection plate that can be removed? Iv read online one way to inspect the clutch, like applying the parking brake and putting the shifter in 3rd and SLOWLY letting off the clutch till the engine stalls. The instructions said if the engine stalls immediately the clutch is ok, if it dosent stall or stalls slowly the clutch is wore out, mine stalled immediately. Thats about the only one iv seen.
One test that i did try today was i parked on an incline, applied the parking brake, turned the engine off, put the tranny in 1st or revers, release the clutch and slowly release the parking brake to see if the truck starts to drift. Iv got a pretty steep driveway (20-25% incline) so it was the perfect place. The clutch did hold and actually started (very very slowly) rotating the engine in first and revers gear! So i know the clutch is holding strong, but i dident think the engine would start to move, but then i thought, that is a lot of weight to be holding back on a hill. I wanted to try this to not only test the clutch grip but to also see if the truck would stay stationary in the event that i couldn't use the parking brake because of ice or snow (i found out the hard way that parking brakes can freeze up, but thankfully my old truck was an automatic so i dident have to rely on the brake ). The clutch grip passes, but i guess ill have to find somewhere else to park in the event of ice or snow.
All that aside, i concluded that my clutch is holding strong, but i still dont know how to check to see how much clutch material i have left.
Any thoughts on how to check the clutch wear and how to park on a steep incline in the event that you cant use the parking brake?