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2003 Mazda Tribute SUV DX 2.0L Man

2003 Mazda Tribute SUV
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Front wheel drive, 4 Door SUV, 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
23 mpg city / 28 mpg hwy
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October 5, 2012, 7:33 pm


Question: Differential issue?

The engine of my Mazda Tribute (2001) is letting out what I could best describe as a "whining" noise when running. It relates to the transmission I believe, as the RPM increases, so does the volume of the "whine". After a bit of driving, the sound fades away. Is it possible that this could be an issue with the differential?

October 11, 2012, 6:16 pm

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Sounds like it is a bearing issue.

It’s really hard to diagnose this type of problem long distance. You'll need to have a mechanic listen to it to actually isolate what the noise is.

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