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    Default Help whining noise coming from engine area

    The car is a 3.2 v6 petrol Signum.
    The wife has just come in from work, and shouted on me to get my ass outside. There is a whining noise coming from engine area, front right as you look at it. Seems to be from somewhere below the battery, it is not the fan spinning. when I turn the ignition on the spanner light comes on, and stays on when I start the car. This noise is there when the engine is switched off and the key is removed from the ignition.
    I took the car for a drive and it is running fine no limp mode or any loss of power.
    Has anyone had a similar problem.
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    Try turning the steering left to right? does the noise alter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dose View Post
    Try turning the steering left to right? does the noise alter?
    No, I don't think it is anytrhing to do with steeering
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    Just a thought as the electric steering pump can be very whiney mate!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dose View Post
    Just a thought as the electric steering pump can be very whiney mate!
    I know what you mean but it is more like the horn has beeen shorted out and the battery is drained, if you know what I mean.
    There is plenty of power in the battery though as it starts straight away when the key is turned.
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    I think it could be the gearbox.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed taylor View Post
    I think it could be the gearbox.
    "This noise is there when the engine is switched off and the key is removed from the ignition."

    Can't see it being the gearbox as the engine is switched off and the key is removed from the ignition.
    By the way the car had been sitting in the driveway since 2:00pm, and this happened at 10:00pm

    Got up to go to work this morning, no noise, turned ignition on spanner light was on, started the car spanner light went out, and car drove fine.

    Left work at 5:00pm, and no noise, turned ignition on spanner light was on, started the car spanner light went out, and car drove fine.
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    It does sound more like electrical now. Not the gearbox. perhaps it might be the power steering.Can you get a better idea where it is coming from, if you open the bonnet and try to locate the noise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ed taylor View Post
    It does sound more like electrical now. Not the gearbox. perhaps it might be the power steering.Can you get a better idea where it is coming from, if you open the bonnet and try to locate the noise.
    The noise was coming form somewhere under the battery/headlight area. It was difficult to pinpoint exactly where, I think I will maybe neeed to get someone with a code reader to check it for me.
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    I wonder if it is a relay that is making the noise, or maybe a loose conection in the fuse box or the likes. What about the motor that lifts and lowers the headlights??

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