Whining noise at high speeds

Asked by Feb 17, 2014 at 03:35 PM about the 2004 Chrysler Town & Country LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2004 Chrysler Town and Country van with 71,000 miles on it. At speeds starting at 60mph on the interstate, I hear a whine like a turbine. When I let off the gas, it stops. Is this normal, or am I looking at an issue starting.

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if it is just a slight whine noise and you said when you let off the gas it goes away it could be normal.

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The noise you describe is not normal if it wasn't there the day you bought the car. I had a similar noise in my Chrysler 300C. After several weeks of trying to figure out where it was coming from, I finally took it to the Pep Boys shop around the corner. I suspected it was bearing going out on either the idler pulley (belt tensioner), the power steering pump or the alternator. I doubted that the water pump would make a noise like that. They determined within minutes it was the bearing on the alternator, gave me a quote to replace it (less than half what the dealership would charge) and had it done in less than an hour. Problem solved, no more noise. Oh yes, it was a genuine Chrysler refurbished alternator with a lifetime warranty. Thanks Pep Boys!

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