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Old 02-19-2011, 06:17 PM
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99 Ranger, 3.0 V8, PSPB, air, cruise. This has not happened often enough to describe too explicitly but sometimes shortly after I shut the engine off I'll hear a whistling noise -- it's short in duration and 1 or 2 whistles and it sounds exactly like someone whistling a low note. It appears to be coming from under the hood on the right side. The location is hard to pin-point because if I try to listen for it, it probably won't happen. Anyone experience this ?
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Old 02-19-2011, 06:19 PM
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Default Re: whistling noise

I've not heard that.... one possibility is that the guy that told you your 3.0L was a V8 and not a V6 may actually be hiding under your hood, occasionally whistling a low note.
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Old 02-19-2011, 06:20 PM
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Default Re: whistling noise

my best guess is a vacuum line.
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Old 02-19-2011, 06:20 PM
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anyway... on a more serious note, it may well be a vacuum leak somewhere in the system. if so, that's a bad thing... and worse if it's a low note, versus a high note, because that would imply that the void is large, rather than small.... have your vacuum system checked out by a mechanic.
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Explorer overhead console
Explorer auto-dim mirror
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Door-dinger silencer button
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Old 02-20-2011, 11:46 AM
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Default Re: whistling noise

I checked, and sure enough, someone has stolen 2 cylinders from my V8 and now it's a V6 ! I'll need to replace them -- maybe I'll add 2 more and make it a V10. A vacuum leak would be my first suspect as well. Previous to my post I did a cursory look and will look further. Since I hear it after I shut off the engine it must be from a "stored vaccum". The leak probably occures every time but has to be just right to produce the whistle. Everything seems to operate normally.
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Old 02-21-2011, 08:05 AM
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Default Re: whistling noise

Dose it only do it after you had the AC on?
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Old 02-23-2011, 11:37 AM
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It's winter here but it may be running during defrost. I'll keep that question in mind and try to determine if it happens after the compressor has been running. What in particular would that point to if that is the case?
Thanks for the reply(s).
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Old 02-23-2011, 02:50 PM
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Jim -- keep in mind that the A/C compressor runs, even when you're using the heater in the Rangers.

I think the possible point Paul may have been alluding to is that you may be hearing a 'normal' noise from the A/C compressor... or, I dunno, perhaps an abnormal one. I occasionally hear mine 'de-compress' (if you will..) after I park the truck -- not really a "whistling" sound like you described, though.
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Explorer overhead console
Explorer auto-dim mirror
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Door-dinger silencer button
Seamless retractable roof and passenger-side ejection seat with steering wheel mounted controls and safety interlock
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:00 PM
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Default Re: whistling noise

Theres those possibilities or a leak of AC coolant.
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Old 02-24-2011, 02:46 PM
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well, a leak of AC refrigerant would happen once, then it'd be empty. he wouldn't hear it again.
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Summit 3" Body Lift
31x10.50 A/T tires
Explorer overhead console
Explorer auto-dim mirror
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Door-dinger silencer button
Seamless retractable roof and passenger-side ejection seat with steering wheel mounted controls and safety interlock
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Old 02-24-2011, 03:42 PM
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Default Re: whistling noise

I'm willing to bet there's an old confederate soldier sittin in the vicinity of your truck whistlin the first two notes of Dixie, but shutting the engine off scares him away, until the next time he decides to try again.

That's just my theory though, and probably not likely.

In all seriousness, i'd agree with turbo, most likely the A/C compressor "de-compressing", yours just sounds different for some reason.
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