Noise from engine compartment
I just picked up a '98 SE earlier this week, with 127K on it. Having owned a '94 and '95 (the '95 finally gave up the ghost at 183K), I had no trepidation buying one with 127K on it.
I've noticed a mettalic noise that appears to be coming from the A/C compressor. After days of rain, I had the windows down and the A/C off and noticed the noise. Almost a 'sleigh bell' sound to it. Interestingly, when I put the A/C on, the noise seems to go away, perhaps when the clutch engages, but now it seems to be more consistent.
I'd appreciate your thoughts here. Is the answer a lubrication problem, or is it just 'plumb wore out'? Hoping there is a quick and inexpensive fix, so I don;t here the 'I told you so' from my loving wife.