High Speed Engine Whine

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I have seen reports that mention high speed engine whine in the 2002 Tbird.
I take that as a good sign. The engine uses a timing chain and I hope they do not use plastic covered gears to reduce noise.

My son had a Dodge charger that had the plastic timing gear fail and that made the chain slip a couple of nothes. We replaced the gear with a solid steel one. Whine is better then plastic that fails later.

Does anyone know for sure that the timing gears are not covered with plastic or teflon?

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I recalled reading something about timing gears in the Thunderbird's online eSourcebook. When I went back to check, I discovered that Ford - in its neverending quest to protect itself from the consumer - has made the site members only. All that remains is a yellow bird staring blankly out from the screen.
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Originally posted by tr cruiser:
protect itself from the consumer - has made the site members only. All that remains is a yellow bird staring blankly out from the screen.
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You can get a sourcebook to look at from your local dealer, they are laying around everywhere in offices. They are a big binder.

I have the basic sheets from the source book, and that is it http://www.fordthunderbirdforum.com/thunderbird.pdf
 
Tbird, I think that's the marketing guide. The eSourcebook had detailed technical specs. Some of it is still available at the Ford media site such as the this page with drivetrain information, but I'm afraid other information like part numbers might only be found in the sourcebook.
 
Speaking of exhaust sound -- my car has 10,000 miles on it now, and the exhaust soulds terrific. It's quiet until you stand on it -- then it has such a sweet growl to it. I wouldn't think of changing it out for borland or anything other than stock.
 
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Speaking of exhaust sound -- my car has 10,000 miles on it now, and the exhaust soulds terrific. It's quiet until you stand on it -- then it has such a sweet growl to it. I wouldn't think of changing it out for borland or anything other than stock.

David,
Did your exhaust get the "growl" after X miles? I only have 2500 miles on mine and my one complaint is that the exhaust is too quiet. It is as quiet as my wife's Lexus. I would have had a pair of Magnaflow (love the polished stainless) put on last week, but the speed shop is backed up 2 weeks. I would keep the orignal ones just incase it got too noisey, but frankly that isn't a big issue for me.

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I started noticing the exhaust a few thousand miles ago and it seems to be getting incrementally louder. It's NOT a borland or thrush muffler sound, it's just a nice note in my opinion. I only hear it when I push the throttle, otherwise it's quiet and that's just fine with me. I jsut don't wnt to hear it constantly, I like the quiet times too.
 
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