My 2001 V6 Solara sounds like a V8?

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Old 06 Jun 2014, 07:55 am   #1 (permalink)
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Default My 2001 V6 Solara sounds like a V8?

Well, not exactly like a V8, but it makes a low rumbling sound from start to about 50 mph. I changed the oil, and it still sounds like that. The car is at 127k and no check engine light and oil change every 3-4k miles. It started last year after I move from MD to TX, and the sound seems to be getting louder. I see no difference in the mpg, handling and acceleration/deceleration. All stock parts or OEM parts, like rotors/filters/sensors/belts, I changed over the years. Any idea why it sounds like that?
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Old 06 Jun 2014, 08:09 am   #2 (permalink)
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It prefers like on the east coast. Move back to MD.
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Old 06 Jun 2014, 08:25 am   #3 (permalink)
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It's probably an exhaust leak. They can be difficult to find and there are various techniques to find them. I think having someone hold a bunched-up rag on the end of the tailpipe(s) (when the exhaust is cold) works as well as anything. Then the leak(s) become more apparent--you can listen along the exhaust system and see where the noise is coming from. The "donut" o-ring seals where exhaust sections meet are often the problem, but it could be anywhere.
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Cool
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