AWD Motor whine

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I have not noticed any sort of powertrain whine from my AWD SR Mach-E. I’ve been aware of that low speed pedestrian noise on some occasions, but don’t really hear that either.

I’ve had the chance to gun it a few times too now while the radio and HVAC have been off, and done it both with the windows open and closed and I do not hear it on mine. I’ve done this while trying to listen to that Mach-E propulsion noise (too low in my opinion), but never picked up on a weird motor noise while doing it.

Do I dare ask someone to post a recording of it and potentially start noticing something I otherwise have not picked up on?





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I have not noticed any sort of powertrain whine from my AWD SR Mach-E. I’ve been aware of that low speed pedestrian noise on some occasions, but don’t really hear that either.

I’ve had the chance to gun it a few times too now while the radio and HVAC have been off, and done it both with the windows open and closed and I do not hear it on mine. I’ve done this while trying to listen to that Mach-E propulsion noise (too low in my opinion), but never picked up on a weird motor noise while doing it.

Do I dare ask someone to post a recording of it and potentially start noticing something I otherwise have not picked up on?
I agree with @prdude, if you don't hear the noise then just leave it there. After listening to recordings you may never be able to un-hear it 😜
 
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Thanks for all the input guys.

It definitely isn’t the artificial propulsion sounds. I turned those off and on and heard that those sounds are different.

It’s not the pedestrian noise, I rolled down the window to try and hear that. Plus the whiny pitch goes up while accelerating and down during deceleration.

I tried to record it tonight with my phone and couldn’t hear it on playback. Even though I could while driving.

It didn’t matter which driving mode I was in, the motor noise was the same.

I’m ok if it’s a normal sound. It actually sounds kind of neat and fun. I was just concerned because I didn’t hear it on a loaner car I had, and never heard the electric motors in my Volt.
 

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On the topic of comparison to Volt, I had a Bolt previously. The size of electric motor/s involved probably also plays a role, but to me the MME sounds similar to the Bolt (recognizable as electricmotorgozoom noises), but a little louder. That said, I don't notice it at all if the stereo volume is over 3-4. (So if yours is significantly louder, might be worth checking. Of course temp, SoC, driving style, and who knows what all could be factors)
 

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My FE does have some motor whine, mostly at lower speeds and mostly with acceleration. It is louder than my Clarity was, but 2 motors that are larger than the one small one in the Clarity. I'm just happy there is no engine starting when I step on it :rolleyes:
 

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Drove one for the first time today, premium awd extended battery and def low speed, whine, something in the motors for sure.
 

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Any other AWD owners hear motor whine while driving?

From a stop I hear a whining noise (not from a screen) that increases in pitch while accelerating. Then while decelerating I hear it decreasing in pitch until I come to a stop.

I thought it was since I had AWD I was hearing the front motors. But I drove a loaner car for a few days that was also AWD and didn't hear it in that one.

I had a Volt, and while running on battery it was whisper quiet.

Curious if others are hearing the same, and is expected, or should report it to the dealer.
I hear the whine on mine. And I LOVE it. I want it to be louder, lol.
 

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Drove one for the first time today, premium awd extended battery and def low speed, whine, something in the motors for sure.
It's not the motors themselves. It's the drive gears meshing. All gears make a noise like this.
This noise is completely normal.
 

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With radio and propulsion sounds off I can hear it. It's the natural sound of the motors. I like it.
 
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As long as it’s a normal & expected noise, I’m fine with it. 😊
 

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I think it’s normal. I hear a a little high-pitched electrical whine, too. Especially when starting or stopping. It’s low enough that it sounds “perfectly EV” to me.
 

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Ok...So i hear the "whine" on mine. However, my assumption is this is normal. I only say this because i'm coming from a Hybrid that when it ran on 'battery' mode only, I always heard "something".

It is very comparable to the Hybrid. So to me, it sounds normal. Hope that makes sense. But it didnt concern me.
 

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