Q: I have a 2007 mercury mariner. When up to speed it seems fine. When you go from park to reverse or drive there is a whinny noise a

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When driving the car seems fine but when you come up to a stop it starts to make a whiny noise like a belt issue but the engine a revs up and if you're not on the parking break hard it seems like the car is going to take off on you. In park it's fine but when you put into gear either reverse or drive it revs up high and the noise starts.

My car has 141000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

What you are describing sounds like a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve monitors the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and at idle. This valve is controlled by the vehicle’s computer and will adjust idle speed based upon other measurements such as engine temperature, intake air temperature and electrical system load or voltage. This is also an important function when starting the motor as it allows the motor to run and idle on it’s own once the motor fires. When you accelerate, the engine RPM increases, and as you let off the gas, the RPM slowly returns to the normal idling speed with the help of the idle air control valve making the transition from a higher RPM back down to idle speed while adjusting the air/fuel ratio constantly to allow this to happen smoothly. When the engine RPM drops below the normal range of about 750-800 RPM, this often times will cause the engine to stall indicating a dirty or faulty idle air control valve. The whining noise may indicate an alternator that may be failing. When the alternator is not working properly, this may result in the battery quickly losing charge and the car losing all power. You may also notice a whining sound as a result of the bearings inside the alternator begin to fail. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your vehicle.

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