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I have a 2005 Mazda Tribute (automatic). Last year I started hearing a whining noise during acceleration. I took it to a shop and they said it was the differential and said it would be $2,400. Then they said they'd rebuild the old one for $1,400. The noise is back. I hear it between 20 - 40 mph, then it goes away. If I let off the gas it goes away as well. I feel I was ripped off by the last shop and was wondering if it could have been something else. The shop diagnosed the issue as soon as I explained it last year, so I'm not sure if that's really it.

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You were "touched " by that shop as bearings cost around $80.00 aud and labor is around 6 hours to r& r diff center and re race the diff center
total cost under $800.00 aud
fully re-raced diffs that you could diy would be a bit less
I would go to an accredited service center and have they check for wheel bearing failing all around

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sounds like a plugged catalytic converter/ or muffler. check air flow from tail pipe should be able to feel alot press. on hand listen for hissing soung like its having hard time comming out make sure e-brake not frozen/all wheels spin freely.

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SOURCE: I am rebuilding the 2.3 in an 2005 mazda tribute.

If you have the cylinder head off it is easier to do but with the head on, put the balancer on and make a reference mark on it to the crank snout, then use a long bolt the exact size of the sparkplug threads, threading it into the #1 cylinder. Turn the engine slowly by hand 'till the bolt stops the piston.(be careful that the bolt does not interfere with valves) Make a reference mark on the outside of the pulley and a reference mark matching that position on the block. Turn the crank backwards till the bolt again stops rotation. Make another mark on the pulley in the same place the block mark is at. The halfway point between the two pulley marks is exact top dead center. You can then make another mark at the halfway point, remove the bolt and turn the new mark so it aligns with the block reference. At that time, the piston is at tdc and any mark you put on the pulley can be referenced with a corresponding mark you place on the block for permanent reference will always be tdc, probiding the first reference you made on the pulley and crankshaft are kept in alignment.
Once the crank has been indexed, you can set up cams, following timing chain replacement instructions in your manual. Once this has been completed, turn the engine four complete revolutions by hand and re-check your index points. There should be no valve interference or other binding, and all index points must align properly. What I've described is making a "poor mans" degree wheel. You can buy an actual degree wheel in most speed shops, and also information on using it, as well as performance setups that take advantage of changing the performance curve of your engine by changing crank/cam relationships. You may find some of that interesting and informative!!!

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SOURCE: Loud whining noise on left turn (Mazda Tribute 04)

sounds like a wheel bearing maybe faulty from your text it sounds like it could be the osf you could try jacking vehicle up with engine off handbrake applied and in neutral spin the wheel and see if it makes noise or wiggle it to see if it has any play possibly take off greade cap and see if any grease in bearing /

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SOURCE: I have a 2005 Mazda Tribute, front wheel drive, 4

It could be the alternator, AC compressor, power steering pump or serpentine belt ilder tensioner pulley. Mostly we have been finding alternators whining. Compressors and water pumps usually grind or growl. if the noise only happens when the car is moving it might actually be a bit of gear whine. if it makes the noise all the time it could probably be belt noise.
You'll need someone reving it slightly, to make the noise appear, while you localize it. Once localized, cost can then be estimated.

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I have a few suggestions for you,

First of all, check your air filter, make sure its clean, not clogged, and doesn't need to be changed.

I don't know how handy you are, but if you are fairly handy, check the idler pulley bearings, if your not, have a shop check it out, as a last resort.

Power steering pump/fluid being low is also a possibility, but thats usually more of a lower pitched whine then what you describe.

You say once the vehicle is warmed up, the whining stops. Does Weather seem to be a factor as well?

Hope I've helped, and don't forget to rate.


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