Trans noise growling metal...3rd,4th and 5th low speed
I have a 2000 spyder I just purchased. It has 70K miles. With the top up I notice while driving a metal to metal noise in the transmission in 3rd,4th and 5th gear especially at lower RPMs... Like a growling noise. Is this normal or is the transmission going bad? When the clutch is depressed the noise goes away and you can hear the motor again.
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check the drain plug magnet for metal bits . If any the box has to come out 4.th gear is straight shaft connection and 5 gear connects from the cluster shaft up to the out put shaft . On either side is a rear main bearing and from your description if that bearing is failed then the 4th gear syncro will not align properly and the gear for 5th will be out of alignment so the syncro to work will not work
the noise is probably a lower counter shaft bearing, the reason you don't hear it in 4th is because 4th is the only gear that does not use the counter shaft. there is no easy way of fixing it it is the first part installed when the trans. is assembled and the last thing removed when the trans. is disassembled.....SORRY
this would be an internal bearing inside the gearbox on the input shaft......you have the shft coming in form the engine, and the input shaft houses 1,2, 3rd and 4th gears.....the 5th gear is located on an intermediate shaft.....and then you have the output shaft...now if you had said all gears i would have said output shaft bearing......and if you had said 5th gear only, then this would be the intermedaite gear.....
but you are only saying 1,2 and 3......why its not happening in fourth is that the gear ratios that the shafts turn in correlation to thre gearing changes as you get to 4, like on a 10 speed bicycle but in 4th it is a 1:1 ratio, so no excessive loads on the shafts are noticeable....
going by what u stated with ringing noise i would say you have a bearing going out transmisson which would require total rebuild of transmisson which requires special tools and alot of time i would guess book time on that would be around 8-10 hours and that not includeing time removeing and installing transmisson so i think u best option is a junkyard tranny far as what ones are compatible junkyard should be able to look that up on there computer ok far as good signs and bad signs i assuming where taking about a atuomatic transmisson
first try to get one with as low as miles as possiable one thing u can do is drop pan and see how much metal fillings are in the pan all used trans going to have a lillte metal in them but u dont want alot in it although sometimes this not a option cause the junkyards drop the pan to check them themselfs so u wont see anything probley easiest way to check them is take the speed sensor out (located in right tube where passenger side halfshaft goes ) this is sensor is a big magnet and if it plastered with metal stay away
These Volvo 850 vehicles from the nineties have a poor reliability record and the automatic transmissions are prone to expensive problems.
I am afraid this vehicle, with over 200000 miles up, is well past its serviceable life and should be replaced soon. At this mileage you will experience many mechanical problems which will be costly to fix.
From what you have described the auto transmission is close to total failure and if you kept the car it would need to be replaced with a rebuilt transmission unit. This is very expensive and given the low market value of the vehicle, I am afraid it would cost more than the car is worth even if the car was in an operating condition.
Your only cost effective solution is to replace the car. Do not purchase a high mileage vehicle as you will be potentially buying a repair bill.
Preferably purchase a quality Japanese built used vehicle in good condition with low mileage and only after you have had a full mechanical check done before you pass any money to the vendor. You need to be satisfied with the overall condition of the car and be aware of any faults before purchase. Finally, avoid European built used cars as they tend to become unreliable after only about 60000 miles and are typically quite expensive to repair and maintain.