Four Common Car Noises

Updated on November 16, 2016
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Eddie spent 33 years in the automotive business with Honda. He is an ASE Certified Master Technician and has bruised knuckles to prove it.

If you own a car, it probably makes noises you can't identify, but would love to fix. Car noises are not just annoying: sometimes they are a warning sign, like the calm before a storm.

Here are the four car noises customers most commonly complain about. Sometimes noises are hard to identify, because a noise travels throughout the vehicle and it is hard to pinpoint where it's coming from. But with a trained ear and some insight, we should be able to figure out what is causing the noise in your car and what you can do to fix it.

Common Car Noises and Their Likely Causes

Noise
More Details
Likely Cause
Fixing It
Clicking noise while turning
Starts faint, gradually becomes more noticeable until very loud
Failed outer CV joint (constant velocity joint) due to torn boot (most likely) or old age
Replace either the whole axle assembly (recommended) or the outer CV joint
Water pump noises
Difficult to diagnose because of water pump's location
Noise usually caused by damage to the bearings in failed water pump
Only cure is replacing it. If possible do it at the same time as a timing belt replacement to cut down on labor costs
Squeak or squeal from an engine belt
Loud, high-pitched squeak or squeal
Belts either need adjustment or replacing
If belts only squeak when damp, they probably just need adjustment. If they squeak constantly, they probably need to be replaced
Exhaust heat shield noises
Rattle that you hear when car is idling
Damaged heat shield
Replace heat shield
Knocking noise from engine
Low knock at idle, noise gets louder as RPM's increase under a load
Piston wrist pin or worn crankshaft bearing. Lack of lubrication/ low engine oil
Tear down engine/diagnose or replace engine

1. Clicking Noise While Turning

Probable cause: Failed outer CV joint

If your car is making a clicking noise when turning, it is likely you have an outer CV joint (constant velocity joint) that has failed because of a torn boot or old age, most likely a torn boot.

Without going into too much detail about what a CV joint is, I will just give you a basic idea of its function and why it might have failed.

What Are CV Joints?

A CV joint is a set of ball bearings at the inner and outer ends of an axle. It lets a spinning axle bend while it’s still spinning (see this cool animation if you like). A rubber “boot” covers the entire joint and protects it from dirt, debris, and moisture, while holding in the grease that lubricates the ball bearings.

A CV joint lets an axle bend while it is spinning
A CV joint lets an axle bend while it is spinning | Source

Over time, since it’s just rubber, the boot becomes brittle and dry. Eventually it will split open and allow specks of dirt and debris to enter the joint. Once foreign matter mixes with the grease, the damage begins, and it is only a matter of time before the CV joint starts to make a clicking noise when turning. This clicking noise while turning will start out faint, but gradually it will become noticeable and eventually very loud.

How to Fix It

The only way to fix this condition is to replace either the whole axle assembly or the outer CV joint. My professional opinion is that it’s better to replace the entire axle assembly; it’s usually cheaper, even if you can even find the outer joint sold by itself, and it doesn't make much sense to mix old parts with new parts.

Noise From the CV Joint When Turning

2. Water Pump Noises

Probable cause: Failed water pump

Water pump noises are very difficult to diagnose, because the water pump is generally buried deep in the motor, and the noise will resonate through the engine making it difficult to identify. The water pump on your engine is a thick metal casting containing a pulley, pump fins (a palm-sized propeller to push the water along), and a bearing set. When a water pump fails, the noise is usually caused by damage to the bearings. The video below is a great example of what a noisy water pump sounds like.

How to Verify the Sound Is Coming From Water Pump

If you suspect your water pump is the culprit for the noise in your car, try to locate the water pump on the engine. if you can see the casting of the water pump, you can pinpoint the noise by holding the end of a long screwdriver against the casting and putting the other end of the screwdriver against your ear; if the bearing is bad you will hear the noise through the screwdriver. (See the video below, under “Using a screwdriver like a stethoscope.”)

Replacing It

The only fix for a noisy water pump is to replace it. Because of its location (often under the timing belt cover and bolted to the engine block), an awful lot of parts have to be removed to get to it, so it can take several hundred dollars worth of labor to replace a $50 part.

If it is nearly time for a routine timing belt replacement (every 60,000 to 105,000 miles or so depending on the car), you might want to have that done at the same time as the water pump, because timing belt service is one of the rare occasions when a water pump is easy to get to. In fact dealerships will often want to replace your water pump routinely, whether it’s worn out or not, as part of a timing belt service.

Great Example of a Water Pump Noise

Using a Screwdriver Like a Stethoscope

In the video below the mechanic uses a screwdriver like a stethoscope, pressing it against the hub of a wheel to listen to a wheel bearing noise.

3. Squeak or Squeal from an Engine Belt

Probable cause: Engine belts need adjustment or replacement

Engine belts can create a loud, high-pitched squeak or squeal that will drive you and your neighbors crazy. Some engine belts only squeak after you go through a large puddle or if there is heavy moisture in the air, and others squeak constantly. If your engine belts squeak only when damp, you probably only need to have the belts adjusted. If your belts squeak constantly, they may be dry, cracked, or loose, and probably need to be replaced.

Belt Dressing

Some folks like to use a spray called “belt dressing” to stop the engine belt squeal or squeak. Keep in mind that this spray will not fix anything permanently. It is, however, a great tool for diagnosing the noise and finding out which belt the noise is coming from.

If you have belt dressing, this is what you do: when the engine is running, just spray it on each belt to see which belt starts to quiet down. Inspect your engine belts for cracks, damage, and tension, and replace or adjust them as needed.

What May Cause An Engine Belt to Squeak or Squeal

4. Exhaust Heat Shield Noises

Probable cause: Damaged heat shield

A heat shield noise is a type of rattle you hear while your car is idling, or at a specific engine speed or RPM. Heat shields are metal plates along the exhaust system of your car that deflect heat away from the floor of your vehicle and other heat-sensitive components like fuel tanks, wiring, and brake lines.

As the exhaust system ages, sometime the heat shields start to rust at the hold-down points and become loose. If this is your problem, the engine vibrations will cause an awful noise as you’re sitting at a stop light or as your car is idling in the driveway warming up. It sounds like rocks being shaken on a cookie sheet.

How to Fix It

Heat shields can become damaged due to road debris, snow banks, automotive lifts, and just plain old age. In some cases, a damaged heat shield can be removed temporarily without causing any repercussions, but it's best to replace them as soon as possible. An automotive exhaust system can become extremely hot, even 1000o Fahrenheit if you are running your engine at high RPM for long periods, like on the highway.

Exhaust Heat Shield Rattle

A Car-Buying Secret

Car noises are inevitable; even new cars have noises that need to be fixed.

Here's a little tip that not too many people know about. When buying a new car, if possible, find out what day it came off the assembly line. Watch out for cars built the day before a holiday, or on a Friday afternoon.

It may sound funny, but humans are building these vehicles, and you know what happens at 5 o'clock on Friday or at closing time the day before a holiday: we rush our work so we can head home to relax or prepare for the holiday. This is not a fact I found in a documentary or anything, it's just my experience. When our shop saw new cars with a lot of little problems, it seemed like they were always built on these out-the-door days.

Ask Someone About Your Noise

There are a lot more car noises than what is outlined here in this article, and it would take a lot more time to explain every one of them, so I only covered the noises my customers complain about the most. Just remember, noise could be a warning sign, so if you have a noise in your car that you are unsure of, bring it to your trustworthy mechanic to have it checked out before it costs you even more money.

If you have a noise in your car and you can't seem to figure it out, ask me about it in the comment box below and I will answer your question as soon as possible.

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More by Eddie Carrara on Car Noises

  • Diagnosing a Wheel Bearing Noise. Your mechanic says you need a wheel bearing. What's a wheel bearing? Pictures, video, and my own interpretation of what a wheel bearing is, what its job is, where it's located, and the noises it makes.
  • Steering Wheel Vibration: My Car Shakes While I’m Driving. If your steering wheel vibrates, or your car shakes while driving at highway speed, find out why. Don't spend money unnecessarily on an alignment or other services that won't fix this problem.
  • Four Common Brake Squeaks. if your brakes squeak, and you want to know why, maybe I can help! Here are four common brake squeaks plus a bonus scraping noise; compare these situations to yours. Questions are welcome.

Bonus Noise: Scraping Noise From Wheel

Questions & Answers

  • My 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee makes a weird whining noise when sitting in traffic with my foot on the brake. If I put it in park, it only seems to do it when the vehicle is warmed up. It also made the noise when I was backing into my carport when turning the steering wheel. The noise only lasts for a few seconds then goes away and is fine when driving any ideas?

    I recommend checking the power steering fluid reservoir; it sounds like you may be low on fluid. If so, have the steering system checked for leaks.

  • I was just turning into my complex when I heard a low scraping noise from the rear right side of my vehicle. Do you know what this may be?

    Check out my video on this type of noise, this may help: https://youtu.be/HR8UbHpBfmU.

  • My 2011 Mitsubishi Galant is making a whining sound on the passenger side front end. What could this be?

    If the whining sound is heard above 25mph and gets louder with speed, it possible that you're hearing either a wheel bearing starting to fail, or the tread is starting to wear uneven. I recommend checking the tire tread first, and if everything looks OK, have the wheel bearings checked.

  • I have a 97 Jeep Cherokee. it sounded like a tailpipe dragging. Looked under and saw nothing. Started back up, the sound was gone. Drove a few miles and it started back again. Stopped for a minute and it was gone again. It's parked at home now. Can you help?

    It sounds like one of your rotor backing plates is rusted off and is rubbing against the rotor sometimes. I recommend checking all your rotor backing plates first. Check out this video https://youtu.be/Ah62R9pEwg0

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      Caron 

      11 days ago

      I’m looking at a used car ( a Saab 1.8 3-9 linea)

      As it warmed up it started squealing- High pitches but not as loud as belt noise. It’s had new pads. It’s done 144,000 miles and at 139,000 it was drained because previous owner overfilled it with oil by 1.5 litres. All oil was removed but bit of smoke still from exhaust as it warms up too.

      The squealing didn’t start till warmed up a bit. It has been sitting for six months in garage.

      What do you think?

      Instinctively I think it may be ok but that might just be because I like it! My budget is tiny

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      TONE 

      2 weeks ago

      my 2002 Acura cl 4dr makes a high growling sound only at high speeds

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      Tonywiltshire 

      2 weeks ago

      Knocking noise from engine only starts when gets warm insigni opel

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      Shirley Olt 

      2 weeks ago

      my stabilitrak service and indicator lights come on when I make some sharp turns of my steering wheel???

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      Barbara 

      3 weeks ago

      My 2013 Chevy Spark makes wining noise coming from back area I went to the dealer & they could not find anything it does it once in awhile bg

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi James,

      It's possible one of your inner CV joints has a problem. I recommend having both checked out for leaks and looseness.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Robert,

      Does this look like the sensor? https://amzn.to/2OcPIxx

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      James tosten 

      3 weeks ago

      My car doesnt shake or nothing. But when i drive over 20 miles per hour. The car makes a knocking almost like a popping noise. N it gets louder as u pick up speed. First thought was wheel bearing. But its nkt when im turning. Its making the noise even driving straight. What do u think it is?

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      RobertAndValerie 

      4 weeks ago

      Question... We have a 1988 NIssan Pulsar and the MAF A36-000B30 needs replaced... and there are non in the market... The sensor is attached to the side of the throttle body....

      Any ideas on how to Move Forward and get this car running again... It starts immediately but Idles rough and stalls as soon as it heats up when driven, making it an unreliable vehicle... This car is still beautiful and was kept in the garage by the former owner....

      What do we do when there is no replacement part... Any Ideas : )

      Thanks so much...

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sherry,

      Where was the smoke coming from, under the hood?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Karen,

      It sounds like you're describing a CV joint noise on sharp turns and when accelerating. I recommend having the front outer CV joints checked for play and leaks.

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      Karen 

      4 weeks ago

      2001 montero Mitch a poping sound in front wheel when I turn left and under the front of the suv while driving sometimes the 4by4was taken out what’s going on

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      Sherry 

      4 weeks ago

      2015 Jeep Patriot with 84600 miles. Going 45 mph today heard a flapping noise and then smelled and saw smoke when I pulled over. The sound made me think a belt had broke. A friends boyfriend came and couldn’t visually see an issue, the noise had stopped but there was still some smoke. Please help, thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Juraimi,

      I'm not sure what noise you're taking about by your description. What type of noise do you hear? Is it a tapping, growling, humming, rapping, flutter, whistle, chirping, rubbing, etc...?

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      Juraimi 

      7 weeks ago

      My suzuki swift got this loud sound at high speed.. the loud sound can be hear when im at the gear 3 4 and gear 5.. what is the reason..

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Barbara,

      It could be an engine bely but they usually squeak on acceleration. I recommend having the exhaust heat shields checked, over time they become loose and start to squeak from engine vibration.

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      Barbara Garabedian 

      2 months ago

      Hi Eddie I have a 2013 Chevy Spark it has had many times been in the shop now I hear a squeaky noise after I stop the car & it is in park can this be a belt bg

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      Claudia 

      2 months ago

      MY 06 NISSAN ALTIMA 3.5 MAKES A RATTLING NOISE WHEN I GO OVER 20MPH WHAT CAN IT BE

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kay,

      Have the speedometer cable checked, it may need to be lubricated.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Perry,

      Have someone check the exhaust heat shields, it's a very common noise and you probably hear it when the AC is turned on because there is more engine vibration with the AC running.

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      Perry Avery 

      3 months ago

      My 2006 Honda Accord hybrid makes rattling sound when I turn the a/c On inpark or reverse

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      Kay Rickman 

      3 months ago

      '90 Lincoln Towncar. When speeds above 70, it will make a loud squealing sound coming from the dash area. Doesn't do it every time.

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      Abbie 

      3 months ago

      I have a 99 Acura RL and the engine is in excellent condition. But anytime I’m coasting (foot isn’t on gas or break) there’s a loud noise almost like knocking coming from the floor of my car (Driverside) you can feel it in your feet. I first thought it was a CV Joint but I loooked and the CV joints are in good condition. The noise isn’t worse when turning and it does it at any speed above 15 MPH. The steerting wheel doesn’t shake or move. I checked my lug nuts and none of them are loose, I have no clue what’s wrong with it!!!! Please HELP!!!!

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      Sue 

      3 months ago

      My 2006 Sebring has a loud clunking noise in the front end in the right side. We had the tie rods fixed and the left wheel bearing fixed. The noise is loudest when going at slow speeds and enhanced when turning.

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      Luis cortez 

      3 months ago

      Hey erick listen i got nissan frontier 2.4l 2004 and im veen changing distributor oil pump timing belt water pump spark plug and everything because this thing is making alot of noise like rattle noise i took thee heat shield out and still making the noise

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joe,

      I'm not sure what kind of car you're driving but it could be an exhaust leak at the exhaust manifold. It's common for them to tick when cold and quiet down as the engine warms up because the metal is expanding and closes the gap/leak.

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      Joe 

      4 months ago

      In the morning when I start my car when it's cold it makes a ticking sound but when it gets warm it goes away what could that be

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bill,

      Do you think it could be a wheel bearing? Some wheel bearings sound like tire noise when they are starting to fail.

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      Bill Forbes 

      4 months ago

      I Have a GMC Terrain I have a noise that sounds like a bad tire I can find nothing wrong with Tires, what could it be.

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      Juan Velez 

      5 months ago

      2006 F-150 while driving heard a thump from front end. Afterwards can hear squeaky sound coming from right side front of the truck. Brakes are fine doesn't pull to right or left.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jack,

      Don't ever say "Hi Jack" in an airplane, lol, sorry bad joke.

      I recommend checking your sway bar links and the sway bar bushings that connect the bar to the frame. It's very common for those to wear out and cause all kinds of noises when hitting bumps. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Jack McCarron 

      5 months ago

      When I hit a bump, noise from underneath sounds like "bucket of bolts".

      No handling issues, spare and tools secure.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Shiraz,

      Sometimes brake pads can make that noise when they are glazed from heat or your wear indicator is starting to touch the rotor indicating that the brake pads are getting low and need to be replaced soon. The Squeak from your engine belt may be an indication that it is either loose or it's time to replace.

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      Shiraz 

      6 months ago

      Hi I have a 2007 limited awd sienna, when I brakes slow it give a sound like a whistle, and another problem when I drive in the rain I hear a sound from a built

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Johnathon,

      Does it sound like a wind noise or is the noise coming from a moving part?

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      johnathon 

      6 months ago

      2016 dodge 4x4 3500 diesel. high pitch noise from middle or right dash area. noise goes away when speed down to 80 km/h. Returns about that. drove 100 km this morning then sound disappears.

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      Mamdouh 

      6 months ago

      Hey Eddie, i have a 2012 Grand Cherokee overland, 90k on it. im hearing a creeking noise coming from the back of the jeep. when im on the highway i dont hear anything only when im going slow that i hear it.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steven,

      Is it possible you blew a exhaust manifold gasket?

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      Steven Santoyo 

      6 months ago

      Noise coming from exhaust area on my 94 Toyota pickup really loud chugging noise

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Teloc, It's sounds like the rattle may be caused by a vibration of some sort. Does your car ride smooth at 50 mph? Is your car vibrating at highway seeds?

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      teloc1215@aol.com 

      7 months ago

      My 2008 Toyota Camry SE just started making a rattling noise on the passenger side...sounds like it's coming from inside the door...mechanic checked all loose parts and couldn't fix the rattling...it only rattles when I go about 50 mph

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Maroun,

      If you only hear the noise when the road is wet, it's possible you're hearing the tires agains the pavement? Another possibility is your power steering belt is loose and is making noise when it's wet outside, but it's a 2015 so most likely it's your tires. Have someone stand out side your vehicle when you hear the noise to see if they can pinpoint the area where the noise is coming from.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rose,

      I recommend having the motor mounts checked. What is the year, make, and model of your vehicle?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Julie,

      Do you hear this drumming noise when you press the brakes or just while driving over 30/40 mph?

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      julie 

      7 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      I have a 2001 A class merzedes,i have had the brake discs/and pads replaced today.I picked up the car and test drived it,and it sounded fine,But as soon as i touched 30 the car on the passender side sounded drummy.when i slowed down it went,but soon as i pressed for the 30/40 the lounder it seemed to go.My mechanic said i might need brake master cylinder,before i took the car home,and told me to drive around in the car for a day or two,so he is not aware of this at the moment.Just wondering what your thoughts are with this.Thankyou

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      Rose 

      7 months ago

      Hey Eddie!

      When I first start my car I hear a rumble when I press the gas. After it warms up you only hear here and there. It does not do it during idle.

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      Carl 

      7 months ago

      I have a Honda 2002 CRV and every time I fill up the tank it shuts it off and when I tried to start it back up it won't let me I have to try like three times and when I go on the road when I press the gas Kicks sounds like it's going to stop what could be the problem?

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      Maroun Abboud 

      7 months ago

      Hello.. i own a 2015WRX.. when i am going very slowly (usually while parking) and if the road is wet, when i steer the wheel, there is a weird sound coming from the suspension i think.. the sound is like scratching sound. Similar to when the ABS works when u hit the brake.. can you please advise what can this sound be coming from ? Thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Hunter,

      I recommend checking everything in the ignition system like plugs, coil, plug wires if applicable, if all is ok, check the mass air flow sensor if applicable, also check fuel pressure if possible.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mike,

      Is it a heavy rattle, a light tin rattle, or a knocking noise while driving over bumps?

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      Mike Atkinson 

      8 months ago

      I have a 2004 Honda Civic 5 speed. There is a rattling noise coming from under the hood in first and second gear. You do not hear it unless you are driving. When parked i can rev it up with no rattle at all.

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      Hunter Guthrie 

      8 months ago

      I have a 2003 buick centry. Bad vibrationin dash and floor when at idle , poor fuel economy , hard time not stalling in idle

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lisa,

      By your description it sounds like your car doesn't need to be moving when you hear this noise? I think what you may be hearing is a worn motor mount. I don't think the noise has anything to do with wheel bearings, brakes or axles because all those noise would be heard when the car is moving not at idle. Let me know your thoughts, thanks.

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      Lisa 

      8 months ago

      I have a 2002 Toyota Corolla that's making a low rumbling noise that seems to be coming from the drivers side. When I'm in the drivers seat it seems to be coming from the lower mid dash however when im outside the vehicle it seems to be coming from the drivers side inner axle area and only happens in drive or reverse. I did replace a bearing on the passenger's side as well as both front brakes. I replaced both axles thinking possibly cv and the driver's side bearing and hub...yet i still have this low spinning rumbling noise. Again it seems to be coming from the inner drivers side area where axle is installed. Can't describe other than spinning rumbling almost metallic sound. Cv's are good. New axles, bearings, n brakes. I'm positive both axles installed properly. Is it possible that axles could be to far in because there is another noise. When I put the car back in park there is a noise that sounds as if you are closing a rickety old wooden door. Not sure what to do next.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jean,

      It's probably a rattle inside the exhaust system. I recommend bringing it back to the dealership and have them fix it under warranty, maybe give you a loaner car while they try to fix it?

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      Jean 

      8 months ago

      I have a 2017 GTI manual car. Whenever I rev the engine to shift I get a very annoying rattle sound. Once I've got to the sixth gear and coast the noise is gone. I've had it at the shop fricken twice already. the car is only two months old. It had 40 miles on it when I purchased the car.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Brian,

      When an engine develops a knock it usually is in the lower end of the engine like a bearing or wrist pin. If the noise is in the upper end like the rocker arms it may not cost as much to repair. I recommend having a mechanic listen to it or take a video of the noise and post it on Youtube, then send me a link to the video so I can have a listen.

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      Brian 

      8 months ago

      I drive a 2000 dodge neon es sedan and it shifts fine and picks up speed no problem but there is a knock it the motor, iv used oil treatment and its slowed down alot but still knocks . what could be the issue. I would rather not put a new motor in if its not nessecary

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mr KHase,

      Does the noise sound like a wheel bearing? I have several videos on wheel bearing noises. At what speed does the noise start? Is there any vibration associated with the noise? Let me know, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      What kind of test John?

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      wkeithscott 

      8 months ago

      echanic went around the block to-day, no sound then. k +

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      John 

      8 months ago

      This is a test

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      Mr KHase 

      9 months ago

      Hello Eddie,

      Many thanks for your insightful article.

      I drive a 2009 Ford Fusion and recently I noticed that the engine sounds really high when accelerating. The sound becomes bearable when I accelerate above 110 anything less than that sounds like the exhaust is broken but the sound is comkng from the right side of the engine.

      Any idea?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dustin,

      Sorry for the late reply. The noise sounds like a bearing of some sort off the engine belts. It's either the water pump, AC compressor, Alternator, or belt tensioner. Hope this helps, and let me know if you have any other questions, thanks.

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      Tera Cringan 

      9 months ago

      I have a 2008 Camry me and it makes a hissing noise that seems to be coming from back of car when car is running. It is constant and doesn't seem to change when pressing the gas what could it be?

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      Dustin Mitchell 

      9 months ago

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      Dustin Mitchell 

      9 months ago

      was thinking it could be one of the belts, thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 

      9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dustin,

      I recommend having your external belts inspected for cracks, if they look good have them tightened, if you have an automatic tensioner, replace the serpentine belt. Let me know if the noise goes away :)

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      Dustin Mitchell 

      9 months ago

      its like a squealing/chirping noise best I can described, more chirping. It only does that on idle in drive or revered and one you put on the gas it goes away.I notice too when I put on the ac or the back window defroster the noise gets little bit more louder and when I turn the wheel at stop on idle you can get it to stop for a second. I will try to record it next time. The noise goes away also when I drive it for the first time for the day about 30 mins and wont hear till the next day

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      Eddie Carrara 

      9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dustin,

      What does the noise sound like? Plastic, metal, rubber, tin, rattle, groan, rumble, crackle, etc??? Can you take a video of the noise, upload it to YouTube and send me the link so I can hear the noise?

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      Dustin Mitchell 

      9 months ago

      2007 scion tc

      I been noticing some type of noise in my car is really hard to explain but I will try to give you much details. About couple of months ago I been hearing a nose coming from under the hood or near the wheels only on idle, it only makes noise when Im in drive at idle or reversed but goes away as soon as you put on the gas. you can also hear it when turning the wheel at idle, not sure if it has to do with anything with the wheels or turning. The sound goes away in park or N and normally the noise starts mostly in the cold weather but also goes away all togeter after when I drive my car for a while for the day. I checked on youtube for all the noise sounds to try to penpoint the problem but cant find anything close to what Im dealing with. Thanks and if you have any more questions just ask or any info

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      Eddie Carrara 

      9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Michael,

      Sorry so late with my reply. Most likely it's a bearing on either the water pump, alternator, idler pulley, AC compressor, or power steering pump. The only way to know for sure is to have it diagnosed with either a stethoscope or remove the engine belt and turn each component by had to see which one has drag or is not moving freely. Hope this helps.

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      Michael 

      9 months ago

      2008 KIA Sportage V6 - Arrived home and while sitting/idling a grinding noise started. Opened hood and smelled something burning, grinding noise suddenly got much louder, so I shut off vehicle. Tried running vehicle today, loud grinding noise started immediately on startup. Tried running 2-3 more times with same result. I am afraid of what the grinding noise is doing so car is only on for 3-4 seconds so I can't really find where the noise is coming from under the hood. I first thought it might be a rock or something in the radiator fan burning out the fan motor but the fan spins freely (when vehicle is off I can spin with my finger with no resistance). Under the hood is so darn cramped I can't really see anything below say the top 1/4 of the radiator so there could be another fan I suppose but have no idea where it might be. I checked and the serpentine belt seems to be working with all pulleys spinning freely from what I can tell. I think the noise/smell is from the opposite side of the engine from the serpentine belt but there's so much echoing in the engine bay, I can't be sure. I also feel like I have such a short diagnosis time (3-4 seconds because the grinding/burning can't be a good thing) so don't know how I can find the issue? Do you have any suggestions of things I could try to narrow down the issue before I pay to have the vehicle towed somewhere?

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      Ray 

      10 months ago

      2015 nissan versa. Only in wet weather i have a metal grind coming from the drivers side wheel when releasing brake from a stopped position and moving forward. Sometimes on left turn. Once it's been dry for a few hours its gone.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joyce,

      Do you think it may be a wheel bearing noise? I have an article on wheel bearing noises if you would like to check it out.

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      Joyce Springate 

      10 months ago

      2008 Dodge Caravan SXT. The brakes and pads are good. It has had a lube job within the last two months and tires rotated. It is making a moaning and groaning noise. It does not do it all the time. It made a really loud grinding noise when I hit the brake hard and quick for a stop a couple of weeks ago. It drives nicely, no problem with start up, it sounds fine until it hits 30 or 35 miles and hour and then it sounds like a race car. I am missing a bracket in the exhaust pipe, It has been to my mechanic and he just cannot figure what is going on. He has cleaned the brakes and checked everything thoroughly.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lorretta,

      Is it a heavy or light rattle? If it's light, it could be a heat shield on the exhaust that is loose.

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      Yolanda 

      11 months ago

      I had my oil and transmission fluid changed and now I'm hearing a whining noise that you can hear when I start the car and i can still hear it when I get to 30 mph but after 30 mph it stops making the noise any suggestions

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      Nadine 

      11 months ago

      Hearing a motor/fan/whislting noise coming from passenger back right side of 2016 Jeep Compass

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      Eddie Carrara 

      11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Robin,

      Have your brake pad thickness checked, your brake pads may be getting very thin and the wear indicator is the possible cause. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi MrMonte,

      If the vehicle will not move when this happens, most likely it's an internal transmissions problem, possible torque converter.

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      Robin 

      11 months ago

      My front right tire has a screeching sound when I get about 30 miles per hour

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      MrMonte3800lt 

      11 months ago

      Im experiencing a thud or knock once in a while when i try to take off rather quickly from a complete stop and im hoping this is not a trans problem.My vehicle will not even move at first when this sound happens,it takes a second to go away then im able to accelerate normally.This only happens about once every 25 or so quicker takeoffs from a complete stop.Any help would be much appreciated,thanks in advance.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dakota,

      Does the noise go away or is it constant?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Earle,

      Have you checked the heat shields on the exhaust system yet? It's possible you have one rattling at low speeds or at idle.

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      Dakota heitman 

      11 months ago

      Hey Eddie I have a 2002 aura rsx base model vtec stock I start the car and it knocks twards the back of the motor by the heat shield..???

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      earle 

      12 months ago

      My 2002 Honda accord v6 gives a loud grinding noise when moving out or moving slowly. The noise goes away when car is running at a faster speed.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi TI,

      Water pump, alternator bearing, belt tensioner, AC compressor bearing, etc...

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      Ti 

      12 months ago

      What could be causing a random grinding noise, which seems to occur more often when engine is warm?

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      Shashank Johari 

      12 months ago

      Hi,

      I have Mitsubishi Eclipse 2012 model. I have started hearing a distinct noise when ever I am pressing the gas padal at lower speed or sometime while making turns. And this sound is not constant , will get sometime and not other times. Showed it to dealer and then went to Tire Discounters and they found the brake pads were week so they replaced it but still i feel the same sound.

      Later they are saying it might be due to tires but they say tires has 3 years worth life left, so I am not sure where to go and how to find the solution to get it fixed.

      I lives in Cincinnati Oh. Please help me with any suggestions which can stop this noise.

      Thanks a ton.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Felicia,

      It's possible the pads are starting to stick in the calipers and are rubbing the rotors slightly. It may be time to have the calipers checked.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Doug, can you describe the noise? Like a bang, thud, whine, scraping, helicopter, etc...

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Snupe,

      Sure, if you upload your video to YouTube and then either send me the link by email or post it on my other site @ simplecaranswers. com, post it in the comment box on the car noises page and I'll take a listen.

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      Douglas 

      12 months ago

      I have a 2005 Jimmy it makes a front loud noise when driving but not when sitting and idle. Just started any ideas?

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      Snupe m 

      12 months ago

      Hello there i rlly need some help i have a 09 lancer ES it has a rattling noise/rocks in engine it sounds like my engine light came on when driving home is there anyway i could send u a video recording of it so u can hear the noise its making maybe u can help me out more? to a email or such? Thanks in sdvsnce

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lisa,

      What color is the leaking fluid? Color? When do you hear the rumbling noise? While driving?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sarath,

      Can you describe the noise? Is it a metal rattle, scraping, squeak, thump, bang, etc...

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      Lisa 

      12 months ago

      Hi I bought a used honda accord 2001 Ok there's two problems the rumbling sound from the trunk and leaking out of the front. It's not oil could this be Catalic coil the spelling may be wrong that's what someone told me also pricing how much does this cost and should I put it in to the dealer ok thanks let me know thank u Lisa

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      Sarath 

      12 months ago

      I had 2014 CRV . I am hearing a noise when I am driving but when it is parked or slowed down I didn't feel any noise. Can you let me know what it could be

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ron,

      Have you checked the engine oil level recently? Sometimes if the oil level is low the v-tec solenoid can make a rattle type noise under those driving conditions you have described. Check the oil level and let me know, thanks.

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