The best way I can describe the problem, is while I'm driving it sounds like a helicopter is above me... When I first heard the noise, I actually had to roll my window down and look overhead, when I realized it was my car making the noise and not a helicopter, I figured something was up.
The kick issue, happens only sometimes and it's more when I accelerate, or go up a little incline. It sounds like the engine jumped under the hood...
Car has approx. 140k +\- miles, if that makes a difference. Still runs like a beast though.
Thanks for the help.