I have a 2001 Echo, 5-speed, 216,000 km. My car is making a noise that sounds like a baseball card in a bike tire (like you used to do when you were a kid to make it sound like a motorcycle). I can hear it especially loud if I'm driving about 30-40 mph in 2nd, 3rd, 4th gear; I don't hear it in 1st gear or when I first accelerate. I do hear it constantly humming/clicking/buzzing whatever noise you want to call it while I'm driving down the highway.
Country: CanadaMake: ToyotaModel: Echo
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Have you had a repair shop look at this concern yet?
No I haven't.
Have you had any repairs performed recently?
Just basic ones such as Brake pads replaced, wheel bearings replaced. Also a control arm was replaced
The problem seems to be in the transmission.
Wheel bearing and control arm replacement is not basic jobs. Why were these replaced? Was this Echo wrecked?
No it wasn't. Actually I have had the car just a short time and the fellow I bought it from made the repairs.
It very well could be in the transmission. Do you have access to a lift?
No I don't. But I have an appointment with a mechanic I know on Monday. If it is the transmission, what could the problem be?
Some on the Internet say it could be a bearing
Based on what you are describing, it sounds like one of the carrier bearings is going bad. What I would do is have them raise it up on a lift and listen with a mechanics stethoscope to determine where the noise is coming from. If it cant be located on a lift then a set of Chassis Ears may be needed and then a test drive down the road.
Is this a very expensive type of repair?
It can be but these Echo transmissions can be found for fairly cheap if a used one would be needed. It of course would bi higher if you bought a new one or rebuilt this one.
Thanks for your help.
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