I drove out of town before it went in for body work - and took it into a service shop after I heard a grinding sound. They secured the engine cover and bent the exhaust up off of the drive axle. They noted the left rear sway bar is bent against the exhaust pipe. The sound disappeared and I drove home with no problems.
The muffler assembly is now replaced, plus left front fender, back hatch, back bumper, new battery and front and back lights on the left side, plus other bits of body stuff. Looks great now!
I got the car back today and drove it on our rural highway. The road gently turns left and right and I started driving at 25 mph in town accelerating to 50 mph on the highway, I heard a sound about 10 minutes after I started. The sound is intermittent and doesn't stop immediately when I slow down. The sound then disappears when I am moving less than 45 mph
The sound is like a ringing or like keys jangling and it sound like its coming from the front of the car when I put my ear out the driver's window, not sure which side. Its not the same sound I heard before the body work. It definitely is heard at a higher speed. Otherwise the car drives fine.
I didn't check gear oil yet, I will try that tomorrow. Thanks for your advice!
Edited by MaryB, 11 May 2011 - 10:31 PM.