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2004 Dodge 2500 diesel, manual trans. noise/whistle

When the transmission is cold, I get a low pitched whine or monotone whistle sound. It will make the noise with clutch engaged or not engaged and generally when not under load. Once warmed up, about 10 miles or so the noise stops. It is not continuous but while driving. when decelerating in gear is when it happens most. thanks

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  • medice11 Dec 24, 2008

    I went to the Dodge garage today. He drove it and heard the noise and said it sounded like a resonating noise but could not tell where it was coming from and they would have to search for. He said it did not sound drivetrain or transmission related and would be hard to find. I told him if its not detrimental to the truck then we would wait until it got worse. Then they wanted to charge me 49.00 because they could not find a problem. anyway I did not have to pay as it would have cost them more than it would me in labor time an d they still wouldn't be able to locate it. I've got 2 years left on warranty so I'll see what happens. Thanks for the response, it is helpful.

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If your certain the noise is from the transmission, you need to take this vehicle to a shop you trust. It sounds as though the fluid pump in the transmission is either starving for fluid, due to a blocked strainer, or the pump is suffering a bearing failure. If you continue to run this vehicle, you stand the chance of stranding yourself, or burning the clutches from a lack of fluid. Good Luck.

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  • Rob M Dec 23, 2008

    Sorry, just realized you posted for a manual tranny. You state a monotone whistle, if it were a drivetrain related issue I would expect the pitch to change with speed.

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