Hey /o/ I need your input on something
I have a 1984 Ford Laser in mint condition, only 104,000 KM's on the clock
>gearbox is fantastic
>so much fun for what it is
>ecobox is life
>literally sounds like a fucking kettle
>whistling and whining constantly
>same consistancy of sound when idling and driving
>no idea what it is
>pic related, my red kettle shoebox
this is what I keep reading on forums, but if it is a vacuum related issue why would it be whistling on idle when there no air flow?
from the back right of the engine bay, right in front of the driver. Thats where the alternator is located but I doubt thats what it is, I've never heard one make this sound before
Theres always pressure/vacuum when the engine is running
Try burning some cardboard/paper/some other smokey material around the area you hear the sound and see if there is anywhere the smoke will be blown away
Good advice for any car from before '00, regardless of kms:
Under the engine bay, the suspension parts, the brakes, everything. Un-do it, clean the thread, use the gentle lock-tite and re-torque it all.
You would not believe how many rattles/creaks this eliminates and how much better the car feels.
Good chance that you'll discover a loose hose while doing this and fix your problem.
No, you want this shit:
Holds well but you can still get it undone pretty easily.
Your problem is most likely to do with either a split hose or a hose clamp, pretty much just gotta look/listen to find it. Doesn't hurt to re-seat shit like the alt/air-con/etc properly either, though.
If its not the vacuum lines, check the connectors to the battery and the alternator, if they're not in good condition it might cause the alternator to work a bit harder and squeal
Take some carb cleaner and spray it around where you think the whistling sound is, and especially on any obvious vacuum lines/on the intake boot. If your idle changes, your vacuum leak is in that area.
Literally just blast it with carb cleaner. Lel.