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Old 17 Aug 2011, 09:26 pm
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Default Squeak/ Noise from bell housing

Okay first off here are the specifics on the car: 2002 PT, Normally Aspirated, Auto transmission with about 77K very easy miles and no previous engine or transmission issues. Transmission fluid is clean with no metallic particles and does not smell burnt.

A little about the noise:
The noise definently sounds like it is coming from the bell housing/ torque converter area and it is a moderate decibel squeak (slightly noticeable with the windows up and easily heard with the windows down). The noise is only apparent when the car is in gear (forward or reverse) with the brakes applied. There is no noise when the car is in neutral, park or rolling in gear.

Other than the noise itself the engine and transmission work flawlessly. The engine idles and powers as it should and the transmission shifts and takes off with out issue.

Attempted solutions:
Although the noise is coming from the bell housing area the AC and accessory belts were removed to eliminate them as a potential culprit. With belts removed the noise persisted.

Next the transmission was dropped and the flex plate was replaced. We expected to find it cracked but that was not the case. The fluid was drained from the torque converter and it as well was clean with no metallic particles and did not smell burnt. The input side of the torque converter spun smooth and freely. Everything was re-installed and the transmission we refilled with ATF+4. With new flex plate installed the noise persists.

Let me know if you have any ideas of the cause of this noise.
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Old 19 Aug 2011, 07:01 pm
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Old 03 Oct 2011, 04:03 pm
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Default Re: Squeak/ Noise from bell housing

Just in case anyone runs into the same issue. We ended up replacing the torque converter and it eliminated the noise. I eventually found where someone else had the same issue but failed to get the torque converter replaced before it failed. This resulted in having to replace both the torque converter and the transmission.
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