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Engine or Driveshaft noise in the cab.

I have a 1999 Porsche boxster that is making sounds from under the shifter and emergency break. It sounds something like a driveshift in a tube and I can hear the rubbing. It's not really loud but can be significantly noticed with no radio or AC on with the top up. The speed of the sounds are equal to and increase with the speed of the car and not RPM's. It is bothersome when it is quiet. This is my first one so is it something kind of common because your so close to the engine or a sign of something about to go wrong?

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Sounds are difficult to diagnosis without a mechanic. However, you might check the heat shields if it is a metallic sound and you do not feel the noise in the suspension. The heat shields might be loose, bent or rusty. Heat shields are an easy problem to fix, but many other things (motor mounts, bushings, control arms, drop links, fluid containers, ...) can cause weird and annoying sounds. Good luck in your quest.

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Hello. I am an expert here, and I own a Boxster too. I want to know, and suspect it doesn't, make noise when you are not moving with the engine running. If this is the case it is probably an axle, and here's why. Your car doesn't have a driveshaft. Inthat the noise is disassociated with the RPM's it is not an engine noise and must be associated with the drivetrain, period. The axles come straight out of the transmission on each side to the wheels. The bearings and/or seals at the transmission will sometimes go out. It could also be the wheel bearings, but as the noise is heard in the center console, it is very likely associated with the big thing connected to the shifter...the transmission. As my colleque has stated, it is exceedingly difficult to diagnose a noise . I will need more information in order to be more specific. I want to thank you for trusting FixYa.com to help get you going. Your comments are welcome, encouraged, and much appreciated.

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