Auto Scanner: Whistling noise is coming from wheels of Ford Explorer – The Salem News
Q: I will be bringing my 2006 Ford Explorer into the shop next week for a brake issue. I am hearing a whistling noise from the wheels until I step on the brakes. When I step on the brakes, my steering wheel starts to shake. When I take my foot off the brake, the shaking stops but the whistling noise returns. When I bring it in next week, what should I expect?
A: The whistling noise is the brake warning pad telling you the pad is just about to go metal-to-metal against the brake rotors. When you step on the brake, it cocks the pad and the whistling stops. The shaking steering wheel is most likely due to being out of true. In some cases the rotors can be turned back to true on the brake lathe, or they can be replaced. In most cases, it’s more economical to replace the rotors. Be sure the technician replaces the caliper hardware as well as the anti-rattle hardware for the new brake pads.
Q: My neighbor has a 2008 Toyota Camry four-cylinder. I usually look over her car for her. In the past months, she has been going through a quart of oil around every 1,000 miles. I have taken good care of this car for her, and now I am thinking I may have missed something that caused this car to start to burn oil. I say burn oil because I don’t see any leaks under the car. Do you have any idea if its possible I missed something that caused the oil consumption?
A: You failed to mention the miles on the odometer. My recommendation would be to bring the car to the dealer and see if there is an open recall for oil consumption. If the car is burning more than a quart in 1,200 miles, that is considered unreasonable. A few of my customers have had the four-cylinder engines in their cars replaced under warranty by the Toyota Company.
On a personal basis, I have found Toyota to be the most responsible car manufacturer when it comes time to do recalls. Those recalls I refer to reference frame rot and engine damage. Ford has done a good job on gas tank straps, and Hyundai has stepped up to the plate to replace rusted and rotted frame and suspension components. So, it boils down to giving Toyota a chance to verify and possibly repair or replace your engine, which is having a problem with the oil rings. The problem stems from the oil being drawn up into the combustion chamber due to defective oil rings accompanied by compression rings not properly spaced.
If Toyota does not satisfy your demands, check out this website for a class action suit that just may affect you and your car. http://gotaclassaction.com/toyota-named-in-class-action-lawsuit-over-excessive-oil-usage/
Car care tip: Whatever brand of car you drive, if you have a problem that you are bringing to the dealership for warranty consideration, bring your records in with you. Most importantly, be nice and give them a chance to do the right thing. If you come in like a steam roller, you are more likely to get poor service or no service at all.