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1998 2.5L mystique, making a whining noise and odd smelling smoke from the upper passenger side of engine compartment. It has made the whining noise intermittantly but always stopped in a short time and never saw the smoke before. Today it made the noise after 5 min of driving, stalled at a red light and did not stop the noise all the way home where I saw the smoke afer shutting off the engine. I think there is also a starter problem because the car makes a high pitched whine sometimes when I turn the key and then will turn over when I turn the key again and it always starts.

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  • aerobichaud May 29, 2011

    I do need to change the starter. There is no leak or change in the power steering fluid level and it steers great. I did notice today the oil was down about a quart so I topped it up and the noise stopped then the noise came back a little bit after driving 5 min lasted a few seconds and stopped . I hope the oil is all it needed. But cars are strange!

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Or the alternator is getting ready to fail

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Sounds like a transmission problem. Check the transmission oil level. That sometimes causes a whining sound.
Hope this helps.

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Two different problems a starter going bad and possible power steering leak

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