I've searched to the best of my ability but can't seem to find an issue that matches mine.
2007 Compass, 2.4L, 2WD, 5-Speed, Sport, 73,xxx miles. (White, just in case that matters
The issue that I'm experiencing is that once the vehicle is warmed up to normal operating temp, usually after 10 minutes or so, there is a thump/rattle (not tinny like a heat shield) that sounds like it's coming from the middle/rear of the car.
Once I'm on the highway and can get the car into 4th or 5th gear and put a decent load on the engine, at approximately 3000-3500 RPM the thump/rattle turns into a howl/resonance type sound.
Above and below that RPM range the noise starts to decline and any bumps in the road cause the thump/rattle regardless of RPM.
My local Jeep dealer looked at it yesterday and said that the Front Torque Support is bent and causing the noise, then they happily charged me $79 for the honor of putting it on their lift without driving it.
The check engine light hasn't been on and it a passed the annual emissions inspection.
With the car on ramps in my garage last night I saw that there is a "ding" in the Torque Support but it's NOT bent.
When I questioned the service writer, he just said, "Well, that's a problem, so fix that first and then we'll look at it again."
I won't go into detail about my opinion that there seems to be an emerging trend...the decline of mechanics and rise of "part swappers."
So, with all of that being said, I expect that the problem is in the exhaust system, (catalytic converter is my prime suspect) what do you all think?
Thanks in advance!