Noise from left turn on 93 plymouth acclaim 3.0

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by D, May 3, 2004.

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    D Guest

    My 93 acclaim makes a loud roaring noise when going around a left
    curve at highway speeds. It sounds like the engine "amplified". In
    other words the engine gets a lot louder when going around a left
    curve. The sound changes when bumping the gas pedal. I believe it is
    a motor mount, but not sure which one even if that is the problem. I
    replaced the front one, it was very worn. When I'm cruising along and
    take my foot off the gas I hear a high pitched buzz, whistling type of
    noise. I don't know where that's coming from either. I've been to a
    mechanic and he doesn't know what's wrong. I'm afraid these sounds
    will lead to something serious later on. Thanks for information.
    D, May 3, 2004
  2. My '91, first '92 and recently-purchased second '92 all did this. The
    noise wasn't *loud*, but it was present. If yours is loud, it's because
    the engine mounts are worn, off center, or both. The mounts on these cars
    are not fixed; when certain bolts are loosened they allow the engine to be
    shifted laterally by a surprisingly large amount. There is a procedure for
    centering them properly, and this should be followed if you're to get
    maximum life from your exhaust pipe-to-manifold junction/gasket (and
    freedom from noises on left turns). Assuming your mounts are in good
    condition -- which they may not be, given the car is over a decade old --
    your engine is too far over to the right.
    OK, that means (a) the other two engine mounts and the rear transaxle
    mount are probably similarly tired, and (b) you may not have realized the
    importance of re-centering the engine after replacing any of the mounts.
    That's your transfer gears in the transaxle's final-drive. Most of these
    cars make this noise, and in most cases it is not at all loud. If it is
    loud, it is either because sagged-out engine/trans mounts are allowing
    contact between the engine/trans and the body, or because something is
    seriously wrong with the transfer gears. Since the transfer gears usually
    don't fail, I suspect the former.

    Daniel J. Stern, May 4, 2004
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    D Guest


    Thanks a lot for your information. It was very informative. I took
    the car back to the mechanic and let him check the engine mounts
    again. He said they all were fine. I seriously think the engine is
    "off center" because the transmission shift leaver says the car is in
    neutral when it's actually in drive. I'm going to have the other two
    mounts replaced and have the engine re-aligned to see if that helps.

    Thanks again,

    D, May 4, 2004
  4. Then it sounds as if he does not know how to center them.
    That's a totally separate adjustment, not affected by the centering of the
    engine mounts.

    Daniel J. Stern, May 4, 2004
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    Guest Guest

    Sure sounds like one or more bad front wheel bearings to me. Likely
    the left one, but that's just a SWAG.
    Guest, May 4, 2004
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