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My 2003 Ford Explorer has a rotary type grinding noise when idling. The noise can also be heard through 2nd gear, but once you stop accelerating the grinding noise quites down, but never gone. I upped the octane and added oil additives, but no change. I'm puzzeled

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I'm assuming a manual transmission--check the fluid level in it. There is a removable plug on the side of the case. If removed, stick your finger in the hole far enough to bend it down a little, pull it back out and see if the end is covered with a thick oil. If not, it may be too low to lube properly. You can put more in yourself, but it's pretty messy--take it to a lube shop and have them top it up. If the above doesn't help, it is probably time to service the internal parts in the transmission.

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