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Deep pitch rattle, like the sound of cue chalk rubbed rapid on a cue stick. Intermitant, more on colder days (50-60f). New water pump, don't think its that. Air pump? Comming from front passinger in the area of the air and water pump, but just can't tell specifically from where? Belt tensoiner up there? 120,000 mi.
 

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Yes, belt tensioner is there. Watch tensioner with car running to see if its jumping excessively. Check the pointer on top of the tensioner to see if its in range. No air pump. Best to carefully check all belt-driven components with a mechanics stethoscope (~$5 @ harbor freight tools). If you still cant pinpoint the noise, remove the belt and rotate each pulley by hand feeling for roughness, play, etc. With belt still removed, start car momentarily to see if noise is present.
 

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Turned out to be the compressor. $680 was the cheapest estimate. Car was a 98 with 120,000. Ended up trading it in for a 2005 Five Hundred. The 98 was a better built car though; just felt better to drive, more solid.

$500 on the trade in supposively, but when the Used car scammer got done calculating the numbers at Elder Ford in Troy Mich, the $500 magically disappered in his fast talk calculating.
 

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Congrats on the new car! 500's are great rides.B)

$500 on the trade in supposively, but when the Used car scammer got done calculating the numbers at Elder Ford in Troy Mich, the $500 magically disappered in his fast talk calculating.
Thats why you get the lowest price out of them BEFORE mentioning a trade-in. And hand them a Blue Book Value report when you do...tell them you want $X amount for the car or you will take your business elsewhere. Make sure you keep track of the price...there are alot of unnecessary fees.

I work at a Ford Dealership...;)
 

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Turned out to be the compressor. $680 was the cheapest estimate. Car was a 98 with 120,000. Ended up trading it in for a 2005 Five Hundred. The 98 was a better built car though; just felt better to drive, more solid.

$500 on the trade in supposively, but when the Used car scammer got done calculating the numbers at Elder Ford in Troy Mich, the $500 magically disappeared in his fast talk calculating.
you could have sold it for $800 to $1000 running as is. Why trade it in?
 
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