Four Common Car Noises, Their Causes, and How to Fix Them

Updated on January 26, 2019
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Eddie spent 35 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: Dry, cracked, or loose engine belt (just needs to be replaced)

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.

Does Belt Dressing Work?

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

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

  • After turning the engine off of my 2014 Avalon, I can hear a clicking noise coming from the rear part of the car. What do you think it is?

    It's either your exhaust pipes cooling down or the fuel tank expanding and contracting.

  • My 2016 Ford Edge makes a single clunking/clicking low pitched dumb short noise when moderate to hard braking is applied, right before or almost when the vehicle is coming to a complete stop. What could this be?

    I'm not sure there is such a thing as pad shift, but this only happens the first time you hit the brakes moving in a forward or backward direction and you only hear it once when moving in the same direction, you will only hear it again when going in the opposite direction and hitting the brakes once.

  • I have a loud vibration/rattle coming from my car; it does this as I’m accelerating and also at idle, but obviously goes away if I rev the car. My exhaust is solid, and I have no lights on my dash so concerned as to what it could be and how to fix this?

    Exhaust heat shields can appear to be solid, but when examined closely you may find a corner near the stay rusted and completely disconnected. I recommend having a mechanic place the car on a lift and take a look underneath.

  • 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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    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      4 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rinny,

      Does the noise change at all when braking or turning? Is the noise still there? Sorry so late with my reply.

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      Jacq 

      7 days ago

      Hi Eddie,

      We just bought a 2019 Honda HR-V. Took it to the dealership because we had a rattling noise coming from the exhaust system. They told us the cars after 2016 have a new exhaust system and so when the car is cold, the catalytic converter needs to get warm. When it's cold the set up opens up and thats why we hear the rattling noise. When the car is warm, the noise should quiet down. We have a video and it was cold that night. The rattling noise was loud. Today, they said no loud noise was heard when the car was on the lift. When we got the car back, the noise was significantly quieter. They said it was nothing to worry about and that no holes were seen as one of our friends had suggested. So, we left believing all is well. Is this all true? I just want to be sure.

      Thanks!

      Jacq

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      rinny123 

      9 days ago

      2001 BMW. Was at cruising speed on flat highway, then high pitch and now clunking sound from left rear. thoughts? Not even sure where to start.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      10 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Judy,

      Is this a new car for you? Have you owned it for a while? Is the noise one whooshing noise or is it constant until you slow down?

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      Judy 

      12 days ago

      I have a 2013 fj cruiser Toyota and today it made aloud whoshing sound when I’m doing 70 or over on the high way didn’t do it when driving on the side streets only highway thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amy,

      What does the rattle sound like, is it metal, plastic, or rubber sound? Is the noise constant or intermittent? Do you hear it at idle, while driving or both?

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      Amy 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie,

      My 2006 Lexus IS has been making a rattling sound when idling, more so during start up. Suspecting my oil was low, I drained the oil and replaced the oil filter. The sound is somewhat quieter, but still noticeable and appears to be coming from near the coolant reservoir. I haven't had leaking coolant, overheating or steaming so I'm not sure whether it could be the water pump. Any advice would be great thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bethanyrea,

      The first thing you should have checked is the exhaust heat shields, it's a good possibility that they are loose and either need to be reattached or removed. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Bethanyrae7 

      2 weeks ago

      Hello! I don't know much about Jeeps, but I have a 97 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4×4 so it is always 4wd, and when it starts, it makes a light click noise that seems to kind of rattle when the Jeep is in park, and every now and then when I shut the engine off, it will make an even louder clunk noise.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kerry,

      I wrote another article about this very question, check it out and maybe it will give you an idea on what to check, the link is https://axleaddict.com/auto-repair/5-Reasons-Why-a...

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      Kerry 

      4 weeks ago

      My 2010 Toyota RAV4 just started producing a knocking sound on the passenger side

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jacqueline,

      The clicking noise on turns is most likely a CV joint or U-joint, the ticking at idle is internal engine noise possible cam or lifter noise and will have to diagnosed by a mechanic. Hope this helps a little.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Linda,

      Without going into a lengthy reply, check out this other article I wrote that might help diagnose and explain your noise. https://axleaddict.com/auto-repair/Knocking-or-Tic...

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      Linda 

      5 weeks ago

      Have a 2006 Impala, it has a knocking noise after I’ve drove about 30 miles and it’s idling. Please tell me what it could be. Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kristy,

      Not really the vehicle to be mudding in lol. Sounds like you may have broken an axle, let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Kristy 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi I went mudding today in my 2007 Chevy Aveo and afterwards it was clicking and grinding the front end driver side for maybe a quarter mile and then it had no power and continued to grind constantly it would just grind in any gear and wouldn't move

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mike, I recommend checking the engine belt tension and condition to start. If the belt is loose or dried and cracked, replace it or tighten it.

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      Mike 

      6 weeks ago

      My 2009 Toyota altis have a loud screeching sound from engine whenever I lift my feet off accelerator..when slowing down or parked. The moment I step on accelerator the sound gone.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kevin,

      The noises you're hearing are normal, as long as you don't hear any clicking when turning and accelerating and no vibration under hard acceleration the axles should be ok.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Samantha,

      I don't have a good answer for you. The clicking noise may have been a CV joint noise but this wouldn't cause any issues as far as tire wear goes.

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      Samantha 

      7 weeks ago

      I’ve got 2008 Chevy impala that I recently bought from a mechanic but as I was driving out of his garage with it while in reverse and turning the wheel all the way to the right I heard multiple clicking noises coming from what sounded like the passenger side front tire and he said that it was normal now 2 months later my tires in which he said were brand new are now complete shot in the front one blew and right after when getting on the freeway I heard knocking which sounded like it was coming from the glove box the other tire has metal comin out of it and the two back tires still look brand new but when I brought it in to get an alignment they said they couldn’t do it because something is Bent under there somewhere they didn’t know what it was also the day I bought it I was sent to another mechanic to replace a tire sensor that was bad and i guess the guy didn’t even replace it and Now it’s back at the mechanics that sold it to me so they can find the problem, the thing is he’s saying I must’ve hit something and I know I didn’t and so I’m wondering if the clicking noise that wasn’t fixed and the sensor that was never replaced if that could be the cause of these problems? Please help?

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      Richard Brosius 

      8 weeks ago

      I have a 2014 Honda Accord sedan with 35,000 miles, a month or two ago it started making flapping noise in the front. It sounds like a panel or shield is loose. There is no vibration. It is most noticable when above 40 mph but it doesn't change with a change in speed. Could it be a problem with the tires? My dealer just rotated the tires and that had no affect on the noise.

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      Kevinmac53 

      2 months ago

      Hi,

      2010 Acura V6 TSX, replaced passenger side wheel bearing, and both passenger and drivers side CV Axles. I notice going into reverse I get a slight clunk. Checked both front and rear motor mounts seem ok! When the car is in park, I rock the car back and forth and notice a clicking noise, on the drivers side in the location of the differential and drivers side axle where it goes into the differential! How much movement should I get in park, could this be the inner joint of the new axle! Could it be a taper bearing in the differential. Both axles are aftermarket new not remanufactured. Thanks in advance for your input!

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      ronny 

      2 months ago

      noise from wheel when step x-sanaretor when I put neutral noise is gone please help

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Julie,

      Do you know if the noise is inside or outside the vehicle? Is the vehicle still under factory warranty? Could you take a video of the noise and send it to me?

      Let me know, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joe,

      Did you check your exhaust for any loose heat shields or maybe a rattle inside the exhaust system, maybe like a double lined pipe that has become separated?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sarah,

      I recommend checking your power steering fluid level, top it off if its low. If the fluid level is ok, have your engine belt checked for signs of wear and if the belt is loose.

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      Sarah 

      2 months ago

      2005 Chevy Malibu when started today made a whining type noise coming from engine. I continued to drive it and it stopped as I drove, but the noise came back every time I would slow down or stop completely. What's going on??

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      Joe 

      2 months ago

      2000 mustang gt rattling metal sound while moderate acceleration and fully warmed up. Gets worse the warmer motor gets. Nothing revving out of gear and nothing wirh serp. belt off.

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      Giulietta7 

      2 months ago

      Hi Eddie, I have a 2015 Nissan rogue AWD SL - I purchased it this past June, 2018. Today, I noticed a noise from my front passenger area when I come to a full stop (my foot still on the brakes). Once I take my foot off the brakes, the noise stops. The noise sounds like a small slow motor. I'm hoping you can help me figure out what this noise is a result of. Thank you, Julie

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      Roe 

      2 months ago

      Hi Eddie, I have a 2007 Nissan Xterra that has been making a faint noise only when I accelaterate (any speed -whenever my foot is on the gas pedal). No one else has been able to hear it. The mechanic has done a few things most recently replacing the serpentine belt but I continue to hear the noise.The best way I can describe the sound is when your tires are spinning in ice. It's like a small motor being stressed. Appreciate any thoughts- thank you!!

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rob,

      Sounds like you may have a wheel bearing starting to fail.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lisa,

      There is something stuck in the heater fan (blower motor). At this time of the year mice look for a warm place to live and your car may that place. At this point you can try to remove the pollen filter and reach into the motor to remove any debris, just make sure the car is off co you don't hurt your fingers in a spinning fan. Check out this article https://axleaddict.com/auto-repair/Can-Rodents-Mic...

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      Lisa 

      3 months ago

      Hi, I have a 2015 Ford Escape SE. This morning, I turned my car on, put the heat on max and went to brush the snow and ice off my car. When I returned into my car I noticed that the heat was very loud. It sounded similar to that of someone blowing a blade of grass between their lips, except a lot louder. I also noticed it seemed like my whole car was vibrating pretty intense. While driving it down the road I turned off the air, and everything went quiet, and stopped making noise. When I turned the heat on again, it started the noise and vibrations instantly. I tried turning the heat down to a normal driving tempature, and it still made the noise. Any ideas as to what it could be? (I'm leaving on a month long road trip in 2 weeks, and thought I just finished doing all that was needed; 2 front wheel bearings, all new tires, oil change, and replaced front right lower ball joint).

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      Rob Rigby 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2013 Chevrolet Spark and there’s a droning Noise when I get other 20 mph

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Michelle,

      I recommend having the sway bar links and bushing checked for looseness and play, that is a very common rattle on odysseys.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Elsiej,

      I think what you're hearing is possible brake pad impressions on the rotors or tire noise. Maybe this video will help identify the noise. https://youtu.be/QPf2ibWgBm8

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tamara,

      A heat shield is usually either attached to the exhaust system or mounted around the exhaust system, that's all a heat shield does is reflect heat away from combustable material or parts that should get hot, it shields parts from the heat. Your mechanic may have removed the under engine splash shield to perform an oil change, and yes they may have left something loose. I recommend bringing it back to that mechanic so they can check their workmanship, something could be dragging.

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      Tamara Rogers 

      3 months ago

      Never heard the word heat shield until I owned my 2015 Ford Focus I had an oil change recently I have no idea if that's something they like open up or something to do the oil change maybe there's a screw missing that was my thought but I really don't know what the heat shield is for but I feel like when I'm driving that all the time but there's like a scraping noise like something's hanging down in the front sounds like it's in the front would that have anything to do with them doing a recent oil change on my car which I just had about a week and a half ago before that never heard the noise

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      Elsiej 

      3 months ago

      2012 Ford focus. Hollow metal thumping from right front or across front seat area (under the car). The sound does not get much louder but more of it or faster when accelerating. It seems to be less or not at all when the weather is cold. It seems to happen between 35-45 mph.

      Nothing changes with turning or veering.

      First, replaced bent rim of left front tire. Sound persisted.

      Second, rotated tires to back. Sound changed but is still there.

      Third, diagnosed with transmission problems (known issue with this car and Ford) dealership replaced module, clutches, reprogrammed, etc. The car drives much better but the noise is still there.

      After listening to the vid on brakes and rotor pans.? it almost sounds like that but not as tinny or sharp and not at all scraping.

      Any ideas?

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      Michelle 

      3 months ago

      My 2004 Honda Odyssey rattles on the driver side only when I'm on gravel not on pavement and has started to make it like I can feel a vibration to my foot on the gas pedal when I accelerate and it kind of feels like something's holding it back .

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      Ted hollis 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2005 Mercury sable, and it makes a hissing air noise when driving it.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jon,

      It's possible either the water pump or alternator bearing is starting to fail but you'll need to get it diagnosed to be sure.

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      Sasha 

      3 months ago

      When I start my car and put it in drive there is a loud drumming sound coming from the back

      2001 neon just had all new struts put on and now the noise is getting louder

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      jonschmick 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2007 Toyota Rav 4 with 115000 miles on it - no trouble with it, but the other day when I started the engine, I notice a soft howl (not loud or high pitched) only at low RPM (800 to 1500) tough it does increase in volume as the RPM's increase - then after the RPM's get to about 2000 the sound goes away. After a while it when away after a few miles - it stopped. Today, when I started the engine, it was there again. All the oil levels are fine. I cannot hear specifically where it is coming from. Could it be a belt wearing out?

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      Caron 

      4 months 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 

      4 months ago

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

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      Tonywiltshire 

      4 months ago

      Knocking noise from engine only starts when gets warm insigni opel

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      Shirley Olt 

      4 months ago

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

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      Barbara 

      4 months 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 

      4 months 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 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Robert,

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

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      James tosten 

      4 months 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 months 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 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sherry,

      Where was the smoke coming from, under the hood?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months 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 

      5 months 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 

      5 months 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 

      5 months 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 

      5 months 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      6 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 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kay,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      7 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 

      8 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 

      8 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 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      9 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 

      10 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 

      10 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 

      10 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 

      10 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 

      10 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 

      10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steven,

      Is it possible you blew a exhaust manifold gasket?

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      Steven Santoyo 

      10 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      11 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 

      12 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 

      12 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 

      12 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 

      12 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 

      12 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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