Originally Posted by Derf00
Have the TO bearing replaced (and clutch if needed).
Since the car is new to you, I would recommend having the Tranny fluid drained and refilled. What you are hearing most likely is coming from the tranny. Worn Gears.
The groaning could be from crap build up in the tranny. If the TO/Clutch doesn't resolve it, it may be the syncros in the tranny or the differential gears are worn (that last one is not likely).
Thanks for the reply Derf. I have the clutch and TO Bearing on my list of things to do but after spending close to $700 bucks for a new Intake Manifold Gasket repair my wallet is a bit on the light side.
The mechanic at the used dealership I bought the car from lifted the car for me while we were determining what the squealing was coming from the clutch which ended up to be the TO bearing. He opened the drain plug on the tranny to check the fluid and it was like new he said. He also told me that at least ONCE in the cars life that the tranny had been dropped for service based on the "factory bolts" being removed and replaced.
With regard to the gears and such, I have to say that the car is quite whiny while RPMs increase between shifts. You can of course hear the engine reving up but there is also a distinct whine sound and it is most apparent in 3rd gear. I have read a bunch of threads that say this could be bad gears, etc but it sounds like the whine is coming from the front of the car and not the rear.
One other thing I have noticed as of late as it pertains to a "whining" sound is when I shut off the car lately there is a prolonged sort of whining sound after the car is off - kind of a mellow "whirrrrrrr" like something is winding down if that makes any sense... ???