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Four Common Car Noises

Updated on November 16, 2016

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

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      Kevin 13 days ago

      I have a Titan I have wat sounds like an alarm sound coming from the passenger side rear wheel what do you think it is

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      Tom 2 weeks ago

      Hi,

      I just changed my serpentine belt because when I'd first start my car the thing would squeal for a few minutes.

      After I changed the belt I noticed only when driving with the AC on after a stop at a stop sign I'd hit the gas to go and I now hear a faint rattle like a spray paint can (only when I stop for a while and then drive & only with the AC on!) it doesn't last long only when stopping and starting and only with the AC!

      please help!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Semela,

      Is there anything else going wrong with the vehicle? When do you hear the noise? Does the noise change?

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      semela 2 weeks ago

      a choo-choo sound from the car what is the problem

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jenn,

      Sounds like maybe your main shaft bearing inside the transmission is starting to make noise, but you may want to have a transmission mechanic take a test drive with you for a second opinion. Let me know what they say, thanks.

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      Awesome!! 4 weeks ago

      Thank you for putting this out there!!! Very helpful when explaining to the mechanic!

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Diane,

      Sometimes tires can make this kind of noise. Is the noise louder when the windows rolled down? If you drive along the side of a Jersey barrier or wall can you hear the noise more?

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      Diane L. 4 weeks ago

      Question: What could cause a sound I've noticed for two days: A low faint hum when I take my foot off the accelerator at low speeds. Sound disappears when I put my foot back on accelerator. Car is a 2008 Forrester automatic llbean model. Just had spark plugs replaced and throttle body cleaned out 5 days ago.

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      Jenn montgomery 4 weeks ago

      Driving my matrix I notice a noise comeing from front. When driving to town and having to shift gears.when I press clutch in no noise. Almost sounds like a vibration.also when I back up there is a clicking sound

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      Jenn montgomery 4 weeks ago

      I need help with my matrix

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      Eddie Carrara 4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lewis,

      Most likely you're hearing the cooling fan powering on and then going off.

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      Mmamodi 5 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie, i have a Toyota Professional 2008 Model, when driving on a bumpy road or turning, the power steering light turns On and steering wheel turns hard, then followed by a speedometer reading turning to Zero. What could be the cause of this?

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      Lewis 5 weeks ago

      If my car is idling for a long time or in a long traffic queue, especially in hot weather, my car seems to make a whirring 'airy' noise for about 10 seconds, then goes off. Is this the air filter coping with the engine getting hot?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Becky,

      It's possible you're hearing a wheel bearing. Dou you start to hear the noise above 25 mph? If so, most likely a wheel bearing. If not, have your tires checked for uneven wear. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Judith Vale 6 weeks ago

      A knocking sound on the roof of car like someone is knocking- just started yesterday- I have a 2001 Hyundai Elantra- 100,000 miles

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      Tarrel 6 weeks ago

      Hi, I have a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero with 162,000 miles and when I drive the car sounds like an airplane (best I can describe) and the faster I go the louder it gets. Doesn't do it when I crank up,idle, or drive slow speeds like 10 to 15mph but around 20mph and up its the airplane sound. Its the same when slowing down too. Also when I do crank up I smell gas fumes but only for a minute and it goes away once I start driving.The car is also starting to bounce when driving (not vibrate but i feel like i'm driving on a flat tire but the tires aren't low on air I bought them new a few months back). Any ideas what's going on with it? Thanks!

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      Becky 6 weeks ago

      Eddie, Hi. I have a 2002 crv with 170k today had a sound when driving not at a stop sounds like a card on bike wheel or a fan thats hitting something. Have been driving on highway being repaired and its very rough driving lots of bumps and uneven pavement. Happens when AC on or Off. Thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      OK Shaliza, what's the problem?

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      Eddie Carrara 6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mellisa,

      I'm not sure what is causing your noise, but most likely it's either a loose or old deteriorating engine belt or a worn bearing possibly on the alternator. Without hearing the noise it tough for me to diagnose. If you make a video of the noise and post it on YouTube, you could then send me a link so I can hear it. Let me know if that may work for you, thanks.

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      Shaliza rattan 6 weeks ago

      I have a matrix and I have a problem

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      Melissa Flagg 6 weeks ago from Rural Central Florida

      Hi Eddie, I have a 1996 Nissan Sentra GXE with over 277,000 miles on it (I'm in love with this car... just sayin). I have a mechanic who is absolutely wonderful and has kept it running almost like the day I bought it. But, he's lost some of his hearing and can no longer hear high pitched noises (and he knows lol). I mention this because he's unable to hear the noise I'm telling him about and so is unable to diagnose my issue.

      The noise is a high pitched scraping sound, but only when I accelerate, and only when I accelerate quickly. While the sound is new, it's been there for about 1 year, and has only recently gotten a bit louder. You do not hear it when it idles, and aside from the noise, performance is unaffected.

      My check engine light is on and has been for several months, unfortunately my mechanic doesn't have the adapter for the diagnostics because apparently my car was built right before the universal adapter requirement (just my luck), but we suspect it's an O2 sensor because last time my engine light was on, that's what it was. I only mention it because I don't know if that would have anything to do with the noise.

      Thanks Eddie!

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      Eddie Carrara 6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kymberly,

      What is the year make model and mileage of the vehicle? Possible sway bar link that is broken? Something in the trunk rolling around?

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      Veronica 6 weeks ago

      Thanks for your quick reply

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      Kymberly hunsaker 7 weeks ago

      I have a knock sound in trunk area but it only knocks once then a couple hours or days it will sound again a knock what is it please help me

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Veronica,

      Bring it back ASAP, it sounds like your chain tensioner is damaged or they didn't install something properly. Let me know what the find, and don't drive it much until you have it checked.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lorie,

      I recommend having the rear suspension checked, it could be a broken sway bar link or another worn suspension part. Let me know what they find, thanks.

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      Veronica 7 weeks ago

      Hi I just had my timing chain replaced on my car and when the car is cold and I start it up it rattles. Could the timing chain be off?

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      Lori 7 weeks ago

      2010 ford edge

      sounds like a rattling sound in the back passenger side...gets louder as i approach 45 mph

      Clanking noise

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      Charlene marsh 7 weeks ago

      When I start the car it made loud noise but after driving it for about 20 minutes it stops

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      Mark wylde 2 months ago

      My car doesn't sound the same when accelerating there is not much much power it makes a rattling sound could this be the catalytic converter.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nancy,

      Yes, it's possible either the heat shield is rusted and loose or you may have picked up small rocks that are now stuck in the heat shield causing a rattle. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Nancy 2 months ago

      My son drove my 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo over a badly rutted driveway and now I hear a rattle upon starting the car which stops within seconds after the car is running - I've been told the heat shield is loose, is it possible for an exhaust shop to just hook it back up without having to replace the whole shield if the rutted road knocked it loose?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Sorry Jeff, I know I'm a little late here,

      It's probably something like a small rock stuck between the rotor and backing plate. If it was anything the garage did, you should have heard the noise on the ride home, that's why I think it may be a rock or something. Let me know what you find out, or if you still have the noise.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nick,

      I recommend having a mechanic raise the car on the lift and check the suspension. It sounds to me like you may have a broken coil spring or worn suspension component. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Jeff 2 months ago

      I have a 2004 Volvo xc90. I took it for an oil change today and they have a service to check all fluids including my rear differential. All went well and I drive 50 miles home. I later started up the vehicle to go to the store. When I hit about 15mph I hear a metal can like rattling and then almost like a metal scraping sound. I pulled over to look underneath and can see nothing at all. I have a 3 hour trip in the morning and mechanic isn't open until Monday. Please help! No warning lights or anything but noise is coming from rear end or middle area towards the back somewhere

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      Nicolas 2 months ago

      My Ford Focus makes a (two metals bending when I turn right or left ) noise , at nearly full lock it snapped twice , when driving over a bump I hear a rattle . What is the problem ..

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      Jennifer 2 months ago

      Hi I noticed I guess you could call it a sputtering noise a couple weeks back when I would go over 80 it would make the noise much like typing on your phone a message real fast and keys getting stuck or frozen. So in the last couple days it seems to now be doing it when I try to go over 70 it's on the drivers side and I can hear it faintly when I release gas and reduce speed it goes away I can kind of feel it in the gas. It's a 2005 nissan Senatra any helped be great thanks.

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      Janine 2 months ago

      Hi, I just recently bought a Ford Fiesta ST 2009 model, second hand with 72,000 miles and I have noticed that it has a very noticeable sound when I start the car.

      It sounds like a tractor sound which is loud when I turn the engine on.

      Please advise on what I should do. This is my first car and did not get the car for cheap either :(

      Thank you

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      Justin Banbury 2 months ago

      I have a 2005 Pontiac sunfire it makes an awful howling sound when driving it straight at Highway speed . The weird thing is that when I corner to the right it sounds fine !! As soon as I straighten out it's back vibrating again and the howling really bad to the point where you almost have to yell to talk to the passenger I have climbed underneath and checked the CV joints as well as checking the wheel bearings that all seems fairly tight I cannot figure it out would it maybe be a motor mount seems how it stops when I turn to the right !! Please get back to me help me out it would be greatly appreciated please and thank you

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      Herb 2 months ago

      My 1999 olds Aurora has a cycling noise coming out of the floor shifter. Not all the time. What could this be?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alex,

      it sounds like a ball joint, sometimes lower ball joints make that noise on turns.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John,

      The car is still under warranty, so if you can find a dealer it won't cost you a dime. It's possibly a wheel bearing.

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      John 2 months ago

      Car has a click/tick sound when accelerating at 20 -30 mph. Sounds like a baseball card in a bycicle spoke. Oil levels good. 2016 sonata se with under 10k miles. No Hyundai dealership near me to take it into.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Salvatore,

      When you put the steering wheel at full lock, you are putting a lot of stress on the pump and belt. You may want to have the belt tension checked and also the condition of the belt just to be sure everything is OK.

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      Salvatore Pascarella 2 months ago

      Car has High pitched squeaking or like belt friction, when steering wheel is on full lock (left or right)other than that position it's ok.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steve,

      What is the year make and model of your vehicle?

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      Steve 2 months ago

      I have 2 noises. #1 sitting idle with my engine running and my foot on the break, when shifting between drive and reverse I hear creaking noise almost like the motor mounts. #2. When I cold start my car the engine is just over all loud..as it warms up the overall engine sound quiets down and sound normal.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi CG,

      Check out some of my wheel bearing noise videos located in some of my other articles and let me know if this is the noise you're hearing?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Keira,

      Is it a metal rattle sound? Do you think the exhaust system may have something loose inside or out? I'm not sure why it stalled though?

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      CG Smith 3 months ago

      Bass sound seems to becoming from oright front side of 14' QX 8O, more noticeable when driving at slower speed. Can still hear it some from drivers side but can definetly hear it from passenger seat. What could this be?

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      Keira 3 months ago

      I dont really know how to explain the noise I am hearing. but when I slowly stop and start up again from a stop my car makes a deep noise?? Like if you are rolling a stop...when I tried going faster my car had no pick up and began to shake. Suddenly for no reason it stopped. It started up again. Now when I turn it off it sounds like something under the car is crackling ..anything??

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      Kimberly. 3 months ago

      There is a clinking noise coming from the right back tire area on my 2012 Volkswagen Passat.. I just had the brakes and rotors changed and its still doing it..do u know what it could be??

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi David,

      I'm sure you have more than one belt on the vehicle, are the all tight? Sometimes a pulley can be out of alignment and have a slight angle that cause the belt yo rub the edge of the pulley and cause the noise. I recommend using some belt dressing on the engine belts one at a time to see if the noise changes. If there is no change, you may have an air leak on the air cleaner side of the engine. How does the engine run at idle? smooth?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Debbie,

      Have you checked your oil level yet. Do you think this noise is coming from the engine or the suspension? Do you hear the noise while driving over bumps? The more details you give me the better. Your car is a 2015 and is most likely still under warranty. Have you tried the Ford dealer?

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      david 3 months ago

      i have a street rod that has a high pitch squeal when the motor has a load put on it when the truck is just idealing there is no squeal only when i drive the faster i go the higher the noise.comes and goes at different speeds. i changed the powerstearing pump and still have the noise. any answers?

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      Debbie 3 months ago

      A little tap no rythym but now and then it has a little knocked tap sound on drivers side under dash board. I noticed that when push the eco button for extra power in Ford sentra 2015 it seems to be more frequent and knocks closer together . it's been going on for couple weeks .somehow now every time I drive I will hear the knock. St times a little louder than other times. Do u know what might be causing this.

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      Philip 3 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      2007 rav4 have knocking sound around the engine. Went to dealer and they say that the alternator needs to be replace because of pulley broken. Ask if they can just replace the pulley they said NO. Because the pulley is included in the assembly. Also my battery light indicator sometimes pop up on and off. Just want to ask if their diagnose is right before i spend 880 for alternator replacement.

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      Brian 3 months ago

      The Durango sounds like something real loose underneath the vehicle any time we hit bumps or gravelly road it not consitnent

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi R.Linzy,

      I'm not really sure of your question. Do you have any more details?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Al,

      Still have the same noise? What does it sound like? Can you take a video of the noise ?

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      R.Linzy 3 months ago

      Hearing whinning noise and then a thump under the dashboard only with koeo.

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      al 3 months ago

      2012 toyota camry have a noise coming from front passenger tire or axel, I replace wheel bearings and drive axel.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi D,

      Do you think it may be the exhaust manifold leaking, they can be pretty loud when the gasket lets go. Or do you think it's more of an internal engine knock?

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      3 months ago

      My Dodge ram 1500 makes a knocking at idle and gets louder with acceleration. Are there any dodge specific things it could be?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lorraina,

      When do you hear the noise? When accelerating? At idle? While driving? Let me know, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sandra,

      It's possible your tires are extremely chopped and wearing uneven. I recommend having them checked and if the tires are the problem, have the alignment checked as well. Your alignment being out of speck could be the cause of the tire chop. If you install new tires, make sure you do an alignment as well so this doesn't happen again. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ford,

      Sounds like maybe your brake pads are getting pretty thin. I recommend having them checked ASAP. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Sandra 4 months ago

      2010 ford focus sounds like I have mud tires on it

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      Ford 4 months ago

      Hey Eddie,

      The back right tire in my $ wheel drive 2003 Ford Explorer seems to make a high pitched squeaking sound at low speeds, which speeds up the faster I drive. It makes louder squeaks when I am turning at slow speeds, and also does not move forward from a stopped position when I let my foot off the brake. What do you think?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jesse,

      The most common cause of a rattle at low RPM's is a heat shield on the exhaust, but because you just had all that work done, I recommend you bring it back the the shop and have them check for any loose parts they may have forgot to tighten.

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      Jesse 4 months ago

      I had my clutch, slave cylinder, and clutch line replaced. Since I've gotten my car back it makes a rattling noise, I thought i only heard it when I turned the AC on, now i noticed it makes the noise when I roll the windows down or use anything that involves power. Rattling when low rpm, goes away when I push the clutch in or rev the motor. Please help!

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      Maxine 4 months ago

      Hi i have a fiat 500, there is a noise coming from the front sort of sounds like a growl. Its starts at 55mph had wheel bearings checked its not them. Were really puzzled makes the noise with and without acceleration. Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kerry,

      An alternator bearing will make this type of noise sometimes and then go away after the bearing warms up. Let me know what your mechanic finds, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Arturo,

      If you're hearing a ticking noise on acceleration, you may have an exhaust leak before the catalytic converter, this too will set that code. Have it checked first before you change anything, and keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Kerry L Harrison 4 months ago

      I have a 54 plate ford focus, this morning after work i started it up and had a humming noise, after about 10 mins of driving it stopped, a few hours later i had pop out and again when i started the car the humming noise was there again and again after about 10 mins it stopped again, what could this be?

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      Arturo 4 months ago

      I have a 2003 4runner with high miles, and it makes a little chugging noise on acceleration. It's barely noticeable until I'm driving by a building or K-rails with the windows down. The vehicle has plenty of power with no hesitation, but the CEL is on with P0430 & P0420 codes telling me I might need new cats. I'm afraid that it might be a cylinder or crankshaft deal, but will replacing the cats or maybe even O2 sensors take care of that noise?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Shelly,

      I recommend having all the tires checked for uneven wear, then rotate the best one to the front. If the noise changes, most likely your tires are causing the problem, if not, you'll need to dig a litte further.

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      Shelly D 4 months ago

      My parents and brother bought me new tires a little over a year ago. The front tires are not totally bald. The back ones look fine. I admit I did not take them in to be rotated like I was suppose to (mom of two boys with special needs). I have noticed a strange noise when I turn. I listened to the video about the CV joint and it does not sound like that. It is more like a swoosh noise, but it pulses. There is some vibration to the van as well (I have a 2004 Toyota Sienna). I need to travel 150 miles each way for medical care every few months, so I need to have decent tires, but I don't have much money to fix things and get another pair. The last time I took this van in to be checked out, it was $100 just to look at it and found out to fix whatever it was was going to be $600. Thankfully it was not something that was imperative to fix at that moment. I do have a friend who's husband is good at replacing things on cars, but he has very little free time, so it would be so great to have some clue about what might be making this noise and cause the tires to go bald so he can at least look at that first. The tires seem to be evenly worn, but I don't know if they started out wearing on edge or not. I don't normally look at them and my husband is the type of person that waits until it's actually broken beyond use to fix it (and he doesn't know how to fix anything other than a computer). HELP???

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      Sleepy 4 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Yes, the engine turns over but doesn't start. The engine runs fine, nothing is noticeably different if the engine starts. Never had the valves adjusted before. Also never had the spark plugs replaced.

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      JPERRY 4 months ago

      2013 Nissan Murano Platinum. Just had new brake service done FEB 20th at dealer. Every depression of the brakes makes a loud click in the glove box. Car is in PARK when this happens. Also, brake lights do not come on until brake pedal is at least halfway depressed. I feel this is all "brake service" related, but would like to know if it's an urgent issue or not? Doesn't seem to affect the quality of brakes at this time. Just noticed these two issues tonight when driving home. Travel for business and don't have a lot of free time to allot for appointment again. Thanks for your time.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sleepy,

      So the engine is turning over fine, the engine is just not starting, correct? There are a lot of things that could cause this condition, like the spark plugs, coil, fuel pump, poor compression etc... How does the engine run, smooth? . Have you ever had the valves adjusted before? Let me know, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi amber,

      You can post it on my other site at simplecaranswers. com. I can't put a link here because it's not allowed. You can post your video on my site, just upload it to YouTube and share it or send the link. Go to my home page and find the link to car noises in the side menu, then post it in the comment box and I take a listen, thanks.

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      Sleepy 4 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      My 2007 Honda Civic LX (automatic, 82k miles) sometimes has trouble starting. I went to auto zone to have them check the battery but they said the battery, starter, and alternator were fine. They suggested I periodically fill up my tank with high octane gas to see if it'll help. I filled up once with high octane gas and I think I didn't have any trouble starting for a week, but then it might've been luck also.

      I'm not sure if it's cold temperature dependent, but the last time my car had trouble starting it was leaving work in the evening and it took 2-3 tries before the car started. Drove 30-45 mins and then parked. One hour later, it took 4-5 tries before the car started. Then the following days, I had no problem starting the car at all.

      I've also tried turning the key one notch to engage the battery first and then turning the key the rest of the way to start the car. Not sure if that helps or not.

      Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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      amber dekam 4 months ago

      hi!

      so i own a 2010 kia forte with about 109k on it and it has began making a noise that is hard to explain. it's heard from inside the car and lasts a full 2 minutes goes away for 5 then back. its a loud continuous high pitched tone that sounds computer like but I have no warning lights on. if this allowed me to share video I would since I took one. if anyone know anything I wouldon't appreciate it.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi CET,

      I recommend inspecting the tire closely for any debris stuck to the tread or any large screws or bolts that are stuck inside the tires tread. If all looks ok you may need to dig a little deeper, possible frozen caliper and rotors with pad impressions? Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi YLK,

      I'm not 100% sure, but that type of noise is usually cause by a bent rotor backing plate or debris caught between the rotor and backing plate. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      CET 5 months ago

      Hi Eddie, I have an issue with the front right tire. I don't see any bulge on my tire, but when I drive I can hear a slight deep knocking sound, but when I slow down it becomes faint. Do you have any idea what might be causing this?

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      YLK 5 months ago

      My 2000 Lexus ES300 makes a loud screech when making sharp left u-turn. Why?

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      Ron 5 months ago

      When braking my van makes a noise it don't sound like a scraping noise that normally hear when your pads or shoes rub & it sounds like it's coming from the back

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      Bev 5 months ago

      Thank you for your quick reply. I will try Im not real tech savy. It also at times seems to pull back . The car runs worse then it did. It will run kinda nice then it seems after driven a while it pulls back and that- kinda like going over low speed bumps thump thump

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bev,

      This would be hard to diagnose without hearing the noise, is there anyway you could make a video of the noise and post it to YouTube?

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      Bev 5 months ago

      I recently have a number of incidents First I heard this ticking on my 2005 Nissan Murano which only has 62000 miles checked oil the dip stick was confusing I thought it was fine took it in one of the techs said he didnt hear it I asked him to check my muffler and he stated there was a leak at the tail pipe So a week later I go in and ask the owner for a estimate for a replaced muffler and asked him to check out that tick He comes back and states Im out of oil So fix that and got estimate scheduled fix had done I had worse noise then before couldnt get it back right away so when driving 4 days after install muffler broke off were catylatic converter is. They put a new converter on. When I drive over 40 not all the time I hear a thump,thump sound and I can feel like a vibration thump on the floor board driver side . What COULD IT BE CAUSE FROM PLEASE HELP. The mechanic that did this has lost a custo.

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Michele,

      Sorry , I don't know exactly what your noise is, but there are a lot or motors and relays behin the dash. I recommend bringing back to the dealer and have them check it out while you're still in warranty. Don't wait too long, ge it checked while it's still making noise. Keep me posed on what you find out, it will help other people who have a similar issue, thanks.

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      Michele 5 months ago

      We just bought a 2014 Ford Escape, four days init has a faint whirring or buzzing noise that seems to be coming from behind the instrument cluster. It begins after the second click/turn of the ignition. If the radio or climate is on you don't hear it? Ive read others having this problem in other forums but no clear answer. We have 90 day warranty and considering a visit to the dealer where we purchased it. Any ideas what this is?

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      Crystal Taylor 5 months ago

      We just purchased a 2005 Honda Odyssey. While driving home a noticed a high pitched sound but only when I was driving between 60mph-80mph. Could this be a belt issue or worse. Hoping for an easy fix. Thanks!

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      Angelica A. 5 months ago

      I just bought a 2012 Chevy, Traverse and the drivers back wheel has a burning smell when I drive to work and is really hot. I work about 14 miles from home. I took it in and they said they adjusted the caliper and brakes but now it makes a hollow noise when I go over a certain speed and the drum is getting hot again. What do you think it is?

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mike,

      The noise you describe doesn't sound like it a problem and it may have just needed the transmission module software update. I recommend you drive the vehicle and keep an eye on the noise for a few weeks. The vehicle should still be under the power-train warranty?

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      Mike 6 months ago

      Hi. I have a 2013 Infiniti M37 with 20k miles. At idle there is a faint diesel sound that can be heard in interior of car but not from the outside or when I open hood. It seems like it is more audible near the passenger side dash. The sounds seems to decrease when I put car in neutral or park. It is more pronounced in drive or reverse. I hear it at stop lights. I can't hear it with normal driving. The car seems to drive fine. A few days after the sound began the check engine light came on but dealership said nothing wrong-maybe bad gas. They did a transmission module control reset update. The light has not come on since. Thanks.

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      Keanna Bell 6 months ago

      I have a2006 Ford Mustang. When going at slow speeds I could here noise coming from the wheels as it was moving. I wasn't told I needed a wheel bearing. So I had all of my wheel bearings replaced. Somehow I still hear the same noise but only from the front driver side. When I had the wheel bearings replace do also bought inner and outer tie rods and struts. I was hoping not to hear anything after all of those new parts.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kelleyhead,

      It sounds like a cat problem. Try removing the cat and take it for a rip, see if the problem goes aswy, Keep me posted.

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      Kelleyhead 6 months ago

      need some help with my 2001 honda crv. My distributor went out and after the garage replaced it started throwing 420 codes and now has a bad exhaust smell. In the power band it started misfiring and then would jerk roughly into the next gear. now i have replaced the plugs and wires and the misfire codes are gone but i still have a weird sputter misfire sound in first and second gear near red line and the exhaust still stinks like the cat is wreaked and i am losing power. Any ideas? I did clean and replace the valve seal bc i had oil on one plug actually plug 3 of 4. i have auto crossed for years and done a lot of engine work but this has me stump bc i dont know if its timing, a bad o2 sensor or a bad cat

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      Mackenzie 6 months ago

      A Young lady trying to sale me a car. When I asked how it runs this was her response. "It runs good. That was my transportation back n forth to dekalb. Im driving on a revoked. but I get caught driving again my judge said 10 so I said SOLD. I know if I keep it Ima keep driving.... Its ticking but Relly (in the alley) say its a nut from the trans I forgot what its called. But thats who we bought the car from he can tell you about it better than me. Had it since March.." What would that be

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      Jo 6 months ago

      I have a 2004 Dodge Durango Awd/4wd.. We just replaced the rotors and brakes ..we bought top of the line in both.. but I still get a squeeking noise after I have braked.. Most of the time the squeeking occurs when I let off the brake .. What could be causing it

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Shawn,

      Start by checking the u-joints, the drive shaft is hollow and can make some weird noises if the u-joints have any play.

      Hi Vince,

      If the noise only happens when the car is moving, check the speedometer cable going into the back of the cluster. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Vince 6 months ago

      1987 buick regal noise coming from the cluster like the back only in the morning when cold especially when accelerating, any clue what it might be

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      Shawn 6 months ago

      I've got a 2001 Ford Ranger 2.3l Manual. I noticed when i'm going to slow down, and i coast the truck, plus apply light break, and even without break, i hear a hollow rattling noise, as if something touching the drive shaft. However, it only happens when in neutral, coasting and breaking to a stop. Today, however, the noise started, and when i was shifting from 3 to 4 gear, a very ugly grinding noise seemed like it was coming from the clutch area. I let of, pulled over, shut the truck off and then started back on, it seemed fine, however i didn'y really get onto it after that little fiasco.

      So as i said, coasting in neutral, and light break, a hollow chinging noise occurs?

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Emmy, I recommend having the tires checked for uneven tire wear, it's very possible that's what you are hearing. Let me know what you find out, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Marion,

      First I would find a new mechanic! The best way to find a noise like this is to road test with the mechanic so you can point out the noise, then they can look for it. Charging you for the 25 point check is ridiculous, we do it for free, we would charge a half hour to diagnose a noise with a road test and then put the car on the lift for inspection. If we are unable to find the cause within the half hour, we get authorization for more time. I recommend checking the sway bar links and bushings, sway bar bushings and links are very common rattle noises on rough roads. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Marlon 7 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      My car recently started making some rattling noises, vibrations when driving on poor roads, with lots of patches/holes. It's usually a super quiet car. I took it to get checked out at the dealers, and was told it can take ages and a lot of money to look for what's causing the rattle. The dash, mostly from the front passenger side is where most of the rattling comes from. I don't think it's engine related, as the guys at the dealer looked at it, they carried out a 25 point check and said everything seemed ok. They checked the tracking/balancing etc and after a £200 bill told me everything else seems ok. Car is European - Cadillac BLS 2.0 T. Saloon. Any suggestions/advice you can give would be much appreciated.

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      MARC 7 months ago

      Hi, my new car seems to have brake problems that my SC cant even fix..When depressing or releasing the brake pedals and the pedal rod are making old spring like noises when my car has run for exactly 2 hrs or so....try lubrication. .sound seems to have soften but after few days..old springy sound comes back again...brake performance is normal..no leaking of any fluid whatsoever..pls advise

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      Sleepy 7 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for your quick response! When I checked my power steering fluid reservoir, the fluid was quite a bit below the min line and dark. I filled up to max line and the car is completely back to normal with no humming at all.

      Thanks again!

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      bolson34 7 months ago

      My 2015 Chevy Traverse make a high pitch whistle only when it is cold at 40 mph once you go over or under that speed it stops noise sound like it is coming from the drivers side vents?

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sleepy,

      Check your power steering fluid reservoir, top it off a little over the full line and let me know if the noise goes away. Use power steering fluid, not transmission fluid.

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      Sleepy 7 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      My 2007 Honda Civic LX (automatic, 80k miles) started humming in the front a few weeks ago and the humming goes away after 20-30 mins of driving. It hums continuously regardless if I'm accelerating or cruising or traveling straight. It also hums louder when I turn left or right and maybe during acceleration. During the cold start, I also think the steering wheel feels lighter for a little bit and then returns to normal resistance.

      Had my coolant and ATF serviced but no help.

      Any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Levi,

      Usually rattle noises like you describe are caused by exhaust system heat shields. I recommend checking all the heat shields on the exhaust first. Let me know hat you find, thanks.

      Hi Seth,

      The noise you're describing to me sounds like antifreeze bubbling in the heater core, as the engine warms up the system expands and the bubbles dissipate, only to return when the system is cold again. Let me know if this may be what you're hearing, thanks.

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      Seth 7 months ago

      I have a 2004 Toyota Corolla, automatic transmission, with 115K miles on it. It recently started making a sound that I can only describe as sounding like bits of mud and pebbles hitting plastic. It sounds almost exactly like the sound of tire treads spewing hardened mud and gravel against the plastic wheel wells, only there is no mud or gravel being spewed. The sound happens when revving the engine, whether the car is moving or not, when the outside air temperature is below 50 F, AND before the engine has fully warmed up. Once the engine warms up all the way, the sound goes away. When the sound happens, it only happens at an RPM just above idle, then starts once I press the accelerator, then disappears above a certain RPM (I think maybe 2,500). Then as I approach another stop sign, it continues until the vehicle stops and the cycle of noise repeats for every stop sign until the vehicle has warmed. When the car is parked or in neutral, the sound will occur between just above idle up to around 2,500 RPM or so. The "rattle" does not change much in intensity or in any other way really, through the RPMS and does not have any rhythm. The sound seems to emanate from just behind the instrument cluster, though I realize that sounds can "travel". It's not super loud, but noticeable. It's a little quieter than the actual sounds of rocks and mud hitting the wheel well, but resembles that sound so closely. I can't seem to hear it from outside the car or revving the engine from the throttle in the engine bay. I can only seem to hear it from inside the car. My oil level is good as are the other fluids. I am completely mystified!

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      Levi 7 months ago

      Hi, I have a 99 manual f-150 that I noticed is rattling ,sounds like tin, when I take off from first gear and when I reverse. Sometimes I hear it when turning. Any thoughts? Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Richard,

      That is very weird that the engine died, and I'm not sure why. The ticking noise may have been something caught in the external engine belt and then was tossed. I could be way off on this one because it's such an unique problem.

      Hi Theresa,

      It's possible you have a broken motor mount or exhaust mount/hanger. The car's engine moves quite a bit when accelerating, and if any one of these mounts or hangers are broken, two metal parts can connect and cause a deep vibration noise. I recommend having a reputable mechanic check it out for you, it may need to be lifted in the air to check the exhaust. Let me know what you find, and if you have more questions, I'll be right here, thanks.

      Hi Tess,

      Did only happen once or is it still doing it? What kind of grinding noise was it? Metal, rubber, plastic, or more of a vibration noise?

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      Tess Arzadon 7 months ago

      I was driving this evening and all of a sudden i heard a grinding sound. When i pressed on the gas, the car didn't seem to accelerate. My car is a 2004 Mercedes 350. Any thoughts or answers?

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Madmobn,

      You will most likely ruin the power steering pump, but I think most of the damage is done already. Thanks for the update, I really appreciate it :)

      Hi Sean,

      Do you know what the codes are, it will point us in the direction of the problem. Have you checked your maf sensor for any debris or mice houses in the intake tube?

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      theresa 8 months ago

      I have a 2000 chevy cavalier and every time I push the gas to go it has a grinding noise but when the speed picks up it stops . can anyone help me figure out what it can be ?

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      Richard 8 months ago

      Hi there

      I was driving my VW Polo 1.6 when suddenly the motor died. I pulled over and started it to find a very loud ticking noise, not an internal knocking noise or anything, just some loud ticking. I drove the car about 200 meters and the noise completely vanished. Any thoughts?

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      Sean 8 months ago

      I have a 2008 Infiniti M35x from the Auction. It was hit from the front. I had it sitting for a year and some months before actually fixing it, now that I'm almost done I'm getting more problems. Every time I try to drive pass 40 mph its hard & when I do pass 45-50 mph it starts to make a rattling sound. I got a diagnostic check twice and its not my head gasket. Is there any way you can help me?

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      madmobn 8 months ago

      Thanks alot Eddie thats exactly what it was and I got it fixed i thought it was my muffler but the connection of the exhaust under my car(catalytic converter) was disconnected and causing the noise right under the drivers . thanks again .

      HOwever I had one other question,.. i had a leak in my power steering hose 99 Acura TL 3.2 S type and had it attempted to fix 2 times, i cant keep buying steering fluid so im driving stiff at times,, does this affect my car in anyway?

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sharon,

      Most likely the air cleaner housing is not tightened down properly. I recommend checking the air cleaner box first and let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Sharon 8 months ago

      Hi

      We did a service on my 2003 Toyota Corolloa 160GLS and also replaced the engine air filter with a GUD filter now when I accelerate it sounds like a tractor.

      Sharon

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Peter,

      A clutch cost anywhere for $800- $1200 parts and labor.

      Hey Madmobn,

      Sounds like you damaged a gasket in the exhaust system or broke a pipe. Needing an oil change will not cause any noises unless you run the engine out of oil. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      madmobn 8 months ago

      Does any one know whats the issue .. my 99 ACURA 3.2 TL was running with no engine noise on accelration, until i reversed and noticed i reversed a little to far and heard some scratiching from the parking island and my vehicle and assumed it scratced my mufller. my car was drivin the usual until i started it again now it sounds like a sports car but not in a good way , very loud when i step on the gas .. i also wonder i may also need an oil change or motor oil not sure if that affects the sound?? someone pls help ?

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      Peter B 8 months ago

      Thank you for the quick response, turns out my clutch is bad. He said they usually last around 150k and my car is at 145k so it makes sense then he pointed out the noise only comes when i accelerate. Meaning when there's load on the clutch then its making the noise. All the best. Any idea how much the clutch itself costs.

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Peter,

      I highly doubt it a wheel bearing. Wheel bearings make a hum noise not a squeak noise. I recommend having someone check between the rotor and backing plate for any debris like a small pebble or something. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Peter B 8 months ago

      Hi there, just need a little help.

      I have a Mazda 3 2007. Recently I've been hearing this grinding noise or rumbling noise from my front right wheel. Not entirely sure what it is. Now heres the thing, only occurs when im accelerating and as the day goes on the sound goes away. You hear it a lot when I go drive in the morning. Now, heres the second part, ive gotten the brakes done around 3-4 months ago and everything was perfect until this noise came along. Now as im slowing down o a complete stop it squeals but not constant. Almost like when the wheel turned 180 degrees it squeals but the other 180 it doesnt. Just want to see if anybody has any idea on whats going on. My parts guy said it could be wheel bearing. Thanks for the help guys.

      Peter

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      DaveTheBari 9 months ago

      Hi.

      My 1987 BMW 325i (auto) has started producing a hum that seems to be towards the rear of the car, and its pitch is tied to road speed. At 60KPH, the hum's fundamental frequency is around 58 Hz. The sound is not affected by turning or swaying the car from side to side.

      Any thoughts?

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Peri,

      Yes, some cooling fans on older vehicles make a loud humming noise on cold startups and when the cooing fan is engaged during driving. The reason for the noise is because the fan blades are aggressively curved for maximum cooling. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      peri 9 months ago

      Add Your Comment…Just had new aftermarket water pump and cooling fan installed on 96 bronco because their was a small leak at the gasket they also replaced heater core because i had a leak there as well. 1100. i pay mechanic and walk to where they have parked my truck …start her up and immediately my normally quiet truck is making a loud noise almost like huge amount of air escaping fm engine compartment maybe a whirring noise I put her in drive and go about 50 yards and it settles down,,,,i turn go straight back to shop …..i say what is wrong with my truck its making a noise….. he says immediately "the cooling fan" so he hops in to drive with me as passenger and it doesn't make the noise… so 24 hrs later i call him cause its making the noise esp on cold start up and then it quiets down after a few minutes also i drive 20 min into town and it starts up again in stop and go traffic always up0n acceleration then dies down …so he tells me over the phone that the cooling fans they are making now days are different fm the old ones…. something about new design to keep fm overheating . so i say will it settle down he says i don't know i say will i have to live with this noise he says i don't know. I m sorry i don't believe him. I would greatly appreciate your opinion.

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi MVU,

      I'm not familiar with this type of problem with Audi, you'll need to talk to an Audi expert for this problem, sorry.

      Hi Mayanne,

      Does this only happen once every time you start your car and pull out or do you hear it every time you turn when driving? Let me know, thanks.

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      Mayanna 9 months ago

      I don't know if this article is still active but I indeed need some opinions! I've been hearing this strange noise in my car... It doesn't seem to effect the way it drives or it's performance but it's awful strange... I notice when i pull out of my parking space whether it's been sitting overnight or for 10 minutes while I was in the grocery store, I pull out and the first time I hit the gas it sounds like one of those old time ooga horns from the right passenger side of the hood. It's been doing this for about a month now and it's concerning considering everyone thinks i'm crazy! lol My car is a 1999 Lincoln Town Car Executive series with 160,000 miles.

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      mvu 9 months ago

      Good day

      I have a 2009 Audi A4. I have recently noticed a sound coming from the handbrake control unit in the luggage compartment. I do not know whether it was always there or something that recently developed. I would like to know whether this noise is normal or an indication of something wrong. The sound is like a clicking sound when the ignition is off. When the sound goes off the handbrake light on the dash comes on and so does the light on the handbrake itself.

      Your assistance in this regard will be very much appreciated.

      Thanks and kind regards

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Forrestine,

      Not sure on the ticking noise, possible a door lock actuator? But it is a 2016 so your warranty should cover it.

      Hi Sinette,

      What type of noise is it? does it sounds like a thin pie plate rattle or is it a heavy rattle? let me know, thanks.

      Hi Robert, is there any way you can take a video of the noise , put it on YouTube and send me the link so I can hear it? Some of the Honda's have a slight knock noise that is normal, but a heavy knock noise is not. Transmissions don't usually make a knock noise. Let me know if you can make a video, thanks.

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      Robert 9 months ago

      hi eddie, I need your insight with my Honda accord 2005. When im in park and then chane the gear to drive or reverse and press d brakesI start hearing a constant knocking engine sound which reduces when in motion. Could this be transmission issue as i heard honda is known with transmission faults. I recently serviced with engine oil and oil filter change and still hear the repeated knocking sound. Now hearing the sound when in park. The gear level is ok from the guage but somehow leaking from loose rubber seal. The engineer checked and just mentioned that the engine could only be knocking so I shoukd think selling. Thanks

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      Nancy 9 months ago

      my '01 Honda accord coupe is making a creaking sound part of the time when moving. Definintly not metalic. Sounds like front end. I notice it most when slowing or turning. The car is not driven a lot.

      Any thoughts?

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      Robert 9 months ago

      hi eddid, I need your insight with my Honda accord 2005. When im in park and then chane the gear to drive or reverse and press d brakesI start hearing a constant knocking engine sound which reduces when in motion. Could this be transmission issue as i heard honda is known with transmission faults. i recently serviced with engine oil and oil filter change and still hear the repeated knocking sound.

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      Robert 9 months ago

      hi eddid, I need your insight with my Honda accord 2005. When im in park and then chane the gear to drive or reverse and press d brakesI start hearing a constant knocking engine sound which reduces when in motion. Could this be transmission issue as i heard honda is known with transmission faults. i recently serviced with oil and filter change and still hear the repeated knocking sound.

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      sinette 9 months ago

      when driving or coming toward a stop I hear like a rattling noise on the right side tire area what could that be I just got a wheel alignment and my brakes in the rear adjusted. Thanks

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      Forrestine Williams 9 months ago

      My 2016 Chevrolet Tahoe has a ticking sound somewhere in the door when I am driving. It recently staretd and I am not sure what's going on. Any comments that may help me before I take it in for check? Thanks much!!

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sharon,

      The mechanic most likely had to lower the exhaust system to replace the tank, and more than likely they caused a leak at a weak spot in the system. The noise is also probably something the mechanic disturbed when replacing the gas tank. Replacing a tank is a big job and usually involves removing and replacing a lot of parts that are in the way. I recommend bringing it back to the mechanic to have them check out your concerns.

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      Sharon 9 months ago

      Hey, Eddie

      I have a 2010 dodge charger 3.5L my gar started leaking gas I orginally took it to a shop and they told me it was a leak in the gas tank in which they was going to charge 690.00 to fix didnt have that so i found a man that said he could fix it for 150.00 after I purchased a gas tank, found a gas tank at a salvage yard took it to him, he called me back and said that the fuel pump was also leaking gas, so I purchased the fuel pump got my car back now my card sounds very loud like a race car and also hear a funny noise like somethings loose when I turn please help.

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ryan,

      The link is expired, can you post it to YouTube? Or post the link again?

      Hi Kerry,

      It's sounds to me like you either have a bad spark plug or coil, what you describe is a very common problem when one of these items are failing, which one is the question. I recommend replacing the plugs first and see if the problems is resolved. I pretty sure it's a spark plug. Let me know how you make out, thanks. BTW, your domain is still parked at Go daddy so let's get rocking on your new photo site ;)

      Hi Dayanithi,

      Have the exhaust manifold checked for cracks or leaks, the ticking noise you're hearing may be an exhaust leak. Another possibility is a clogged catalytic converter. Let me know if this helps. I't amazes me how many people I get to talk to around the world, I once helped a man in Siberia in temperatures -40 deg :)

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chris,

      I recommend looking at the sway bar links first and also check your exhaust hangers, it's possible one or more are broken. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Brett,

      If you need brakes soon, I recommend replacing the rotors and pads. The thump noise maybe caused by warped rotors. Axles usually only make noise when under acceleration, not when the vehicle is lifted off the ground, that clunk noise you're hearing may be caused by the axle being extended, but I'm not sure. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Dayanithi D 10 months ago

      Thanks for the detailed post with the videos. It really helps.

      I'm from India, I own a Hyundai Verna 1.6 Diesel (Manual Transmission). Recently, after the first service, I am noticing a small lag in pick up and the gas pedal is slightly hard as I remember, but the real problem is, when I drove at around 180 Km/h, I feel there is a minor pedal vibration. Also I hear a very subtle noise but I couldn't figure out where it's coming from, definitely not from the engine bay. The noise is very subtle, only the driver could hear it. No co-passengers complained this noise. 3+1 on board during the observation.

      Noise that you would hear when you had a small stone struck in between the treads, rhythmically.

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      KERRY MENDER 10 months ago

      I have a 2003 Toyota Highlander v6 AWD Limited Very well maintained at only 84000 miles Car has great and smooth power, but in the last few month's, it only in occasion makes a motorcycle like rumbling noise at very low rpm, and the noise and vibration ( you can feel under the accelerator ) always disappears as you get underway. It can happen one or two times in a row, and then not happen the rest of the day or even the next day. It mostly will not surface when I bring it to a local mechanic. The motor mounts, tailpipe muffler are all fine.

      Could it be a coil, or the catalytic converter…no lights go on and there is no smell.The service center wants $189 just to analyze, plus any repairs. The car runs great…but that ba ba ba ba rumble noise plus vibration is annoying for such a nice car. Again it only happens sometimes from a dead stop, or very low rpm…and goes away as soon as I give it more gas and speed. Hope you can help me, and I will post this on the social media sites. Thank you, Kerry Mender kerrymender@gmail.com kerrymenderphoto.com

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      ryan 10 months ago

      hello can you help me identify this problem , i recorded a 30s voice note so it can help you . it happens when i go on a bumpy road

      here is the link : http://vocaroo.com/i/s037ztGU8​NCQ

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      Chris 10 months ago

      Hello. My 2007 Ford Five Hundred is making a clunk noise in the back on the passenger side. Any idea what it could be?

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      Brett 10 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Having some issues with my '98 Camry wagon. For a while now my steering wheel has been vibrating/shaking on initial braking at reasonable speeds. My brake pads are also due for a change and scrape a little. Last week a new knocking noise started coming from the front wheel area. It seems to happen only when i have begin to/have slight pressure on the brake, it seems to be in time with the wheel turning, or something turning. When driving it goes away, same as when there is pressure on the brakes, e;g when I'm actually fully pulling the car up with the brakes the noise goes away then also. Its just when I'm beginning to brake /half way into full braking thats when the klunking noise is at its worst. This is driving straight, not turning or anything. Is the drive shaft to the wheels meant to go klunk klunk when you turn it clockwise and anticlockwise with the wheels off ? It almost sounds as if some kind of uni joint is stuffed. Im not sure if its a brake issue or something else ? any advice would be appreciated. Regards, Brett

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amber,

      So no vibration, just a vibration noise? Can you describe the noise? Does it sound like thin metal, plastic, heavy metal, etc...

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      Amber 10 months ago

      Hi,

      My 2000 Acura TL is making a loud but dull vibration type noise (but no vibration noted) on and off between 30-50 mph when accelerating. When taking foot off gas or braking no noise noted. Transmission was rebuilt 4 years ago but my husband is convinced its the transmission but transmission shop can't get it to do it and changed the fluid, no difference. It's getting more frequent over the past 3-4 weeks. Any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Randy,

      Calipers can make a creaking noise if not lubed properly. I recommend lubing all contact points where the caliper meets the pads, and lube all the caliper slide pins. Sometimes having the rotors turned (resurfaced) can also remedy the noise. Let me know if this helps.

      Hi Joyce,

      Sounds like you are describing a wheel bearing noise. I recommend having a mechanic road test the car with you so you can point out the noise. Keep me posted, thanks.

      Hi Dawn,

      A dead battery with a bad cell can cause these types of problems. I recommend replacing the battery first with a new one and see if she starts. Let me know how you make out.

      Hi Carson,

      Sounds like you're describing the brake pad wear indicator, Yes, it can also make noise when you're not applying the brakes. Have all the brakes checked closely, especially the inner pads. Let me know what you find, thanks.

      Hi O,

      Like I told Dawn, try a new battery first and see if that makes a difference.

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      10 months ago

      My 2006 chevy trailblazer ss sounds like metal chains dragging under the truck. I can feel it in the gas pedal, but now the truck won't even start. I try to jump it the power comes on, but I can't get it to turn over(no sound at all) and the battery just dies out again.

      I have no clue

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      Carson 10 months ago

      Hi Eddie!

      My 2005 Honda Civic has recently began making a sharp chirping noise from the front left (driver's side front wheel-ish area) when I am turning, or once I start going over ~40 mph. I took it into Firestone, and they said it was my ball joints & bushing, but no where else online says my car's symptoms match up with the ball joints. While they likely need to be replaced as well, I'm concerned there may be another problem with my vehicle.

      I'm likely going to get a second opinion on my car's noises from a different mechanic as well, but any advice would be wonderful! Thank you! :-)

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      dawn1979 10 months ago

      had the crankshaft position sensor replaced ,blazer worked fine for 4 days .i went to the store when i came out to start it ,it made a knocking sound .i changed the oil the next day and started fine but still made a knocking sound and now it wont start just makes a ticking sound wont even turn over

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      Joyce M Smith 10 months ago

      Hi,

      We have a 2015 Toyota Corolla. At 40mph I hear an off and on schrill noise. At 45mph it becomes constant. High Pitched. My daughters also hear it but my husband can't. It's almost like a train on the track. That type of sound. Sounds like it is on the drivers side. Putting the brakes on does not affect it. Once under 40mph the sound is gone. Any help would be appreciated.

      Thank You

      Joyce

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      Randy 10 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I just got my bearings and ball joints done, and similar to Kate's comment, at very low speeds only i get this sound. Its hard to put in words..but if you were to jump up and down on a bed and you get that err ee err ee sound..lol its like that sounds like something is about to snap. It started after the ball joint replacement, then the guy told me it was my bearings, he fixed both its still there..bearings had to be replaced anyway so no big deal but the noise is driving me crazy.

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dee,

      I recommend having the sway bar links and exhaust hangers checked for broken or damaged parts, it's possible you have something broken and it's hitting the floor on certain road conditions. Let me know if this helps, and keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Dee 10 months ago

      In my Dodger Charger R/T, I get a loud thump/bump noise like I hit something in the street about two or three times on each trip to and from work. It seems to come from the driver floor board area. It happens at different times each trip and at different spots on the road. I don't notice any bumps in the road at the time either. I checked under the car and nothing is wrong. What could it be?

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kate,

      Have you had the tire tread checked yet for uneven wear? The tires really need to be inspected closely for any slight chop or feathering. Can the noise be heard with the tires off the ground while the car is on a lift and wheels spinning at slow speeds ? Let me know, thanks.

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      Kate 10 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I drive a 2008 Mitsubishi Outlanderw which recently started a front end noise that is only present at very low speeds when neither the break or gas pedal are being pushed - it kind of sounds like "whoop, whoop, whoop" - any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 10 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kelsey,

      It sounds like you may have a caliper sticking causing the noise smell and heat. I recommend getting the calipers checked at the wheel (s) where this is happening. Let me know what you find, thanks.

      Hi Chris,

      I recommend checking the rear sway bar bushings (not the links), the bushings mount the bar to the frame of the vehicle and when the're worn they can make a lot of noise , even on small bumps. Keep me posted, thanks.

      Hi Motsa,

      The rim cap could be making noise, but it actually sounds like maybe a small rock is stuck in the tread of the tire and is making a ticking noise on every tire revolution. Let me know if this is possible.

      Hi Cesia,

      I believe the fuel pump is on that side of the vehicle, there is an access panel in the trunk/back seat area under the carpet. The pump will make a ticking noise when pumping but you usually can't hear it unless there is a problem with it. That would also be the reason you have no power when you hear the noise, the pump may be failing. I recommend having that check first. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Cesia 10 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2011 Legacy Subaru, about two months ago for some reason the car started having problems. There's a noise coming from the door of the passenger seat (by the seat belt) like a clicking, even when the car is not on, or not in use for hours. When that noise starts to sound, I can't accelerate, if the car turns on, I will turn off. If it's on, while I'm driving I can't accelerate. I have gone to too many car shops and no one seems to know what the problem is. I'm desperate, have looked for weeks on the internet but no luck, until I found this page. I really hope you can help me!!! So please heeeellllppppppp meeee!

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      Motsa 10 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      I drive a 2016 Renault captur and I'm a relatively new driver but.. today on my drive back from work I heard a tapping sound coming from the right side of my car wheels (drivers side in south africa) it' a slightly load sound ssounded alot like a flat tire but more like a loose tapping. The sound is only audible when I'm driving around 40km and above and the tapping slows down so come to a halt. The garage attendant I asked checked my tires and after a drive along explained that it'sthe Renault sign on my "rim frame" that's been loosened. The car was brand new and about 5000km worth of driving... if just like to know if this is the likeliest cause. I've had no warning signals/signs notices from the car otherwise (i.t.o tyre pressure or engine faults etc). Im not sure if this is serious and should be checked or common.

      Please Help

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      chris 10 months ago

      hi eddie..i have a 2002 peugeot 206-wen im driving it,i seem to feel every bump on the road at the rear of the car and also it seems to be noisy ,every bump i go over it seems noisy and exaggerated-and it seems to be coming from the rear of the car-any idea as to what it could be-thanks..

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      Kelsey 10 months ago

      Hi Eddie :)

      I have a 1998 BMW M3 E36 sedan. It's been well maintained and just came back from the shop two days ago.

      Just today, my car started making a noise I've never heard before. After driving ~20 minutes on the highway around 60 mph, I exited the highway and was driving slowly through the city, stop-and-go at red lights. The car started to make a mid-low groaning noise as I let it pull itself forward, not touching the acceleration or brakes, around 500-2,000 RPM. If I accelerate a bit, the groan becomes a bit higher pitched and then dies off, only to come back again when I brake and let the car slow itself down.

      It happened again as I came home. No noises while starting to drive slow (20-40 mph). After about 20 minutes on the highway and then exiting, the groan came back as I was decelerating and letting the car move itself slowly through the neighborhood.

      It sounds like it's coming from the front-middle. And after I turn the car off, the wheels feel very hot. The car is also giving off a bit of a smell, if I get out and sniff around. Smells kind of like the emergency brake being on, but it wasn't.

      Do you have any idea what this could be? Any thoughts or insight you might have would be very appreciated. Thanks so much.

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kathy,

      When do you hear the thump noise? While driving? does it make noise to the speed of the wheels? Is it when braking? Give me some more details, thanks.

      Hi Glen,

      I recommend having the new belts tightened, it's common for belt to stretch in the firs couple hundred miles. If there is a self tensioner, maybe the belt is defective? Let me know, thanks.

      Hi Athelia ,

      What is the EBS system and what kind of noise does it make?

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      Athelia 11 months ago

      My car is making a sound like the EBS system does. When it is running or when the motor is or. I have a 2008 Nissan Versa with 65 K miles on it. I have had a couple of our techs make sure its not in my head and they also hear it. any ideas what it could be. One said it could be a back up battery telling me something is wrong but no gauges light up and nothing is flashing. All door, hood and hatchback are closed. i have even checked the gas tank.

      I am stumped

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      Glen 11 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      2001 Toyota Vitz (Echo), 998 cc engine. No problem or noise prior to this. After driving about 100 km continuously recently, started hearing a light ringing sound from around the engine. Could not pin-point it. Sound is persistent and continuous even the next day --- starts when the engine is started. Took the car to a mechanic and explained that the car had been serviced, tyres renewed and drive belt renewed about 2 weeks ago, and that it had been performing satisfactorily without any noises or anything until now. Mechanic says it's the drive belt 'settling in'. I find this strange because there was no noise for 2 weeks after the drive belt was renewed, so why should it start now? Any advice or suggestions where the problem may lie? Thank you for your time and patience.

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      Kathy 11 months ago

      I have a B13 and I just change into some second hand rims, i am getting a knocking noise at the back of my vehicle behind the passenger side especially when someone sits there or there is weight on that side. Can you assist me please...

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sara Brown,

      The Honda you're driving is notorious for the noise you're hearing. It's an internal engine sound and can't be cured. The noise will not cause any problems and you will be able to drive the vehicle without any problems. The noise is actually cause by the cylinder sleeve moving up and down, but no worries :)

      Hi Andy,

      If the car is new it should be under warranty. I don't have a good answer for what could cause a grinding noise on the accelerator pedal.

      Hi Mellania,

      Usually outer CV joint make a clicking noise, but if you changed the axle, you should have replaced the entire axle, inner and outer joints. Maybe a defective axle?

      Hi Vishadow29,

      It's possible you're hearing the fuel tank expand while it's being filled?

      Hi Victoria,

      If the noise was from poor installation, most likely it would sound heavy, not like a rattle. I recommend checking all heat shields, especially whit the car being as old as it is. It's also possible it's coming from inside the exhaust, the pipes are double lined and sometimes separate inside the exhaust system.

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      victoria 11 months ago

      Hello,

      I have a 1998 Honda Accord, 160,000 miles. I replaced the driver side axle myself two days ago. Everything was great until today when I noticed this rattling noise while on my way to work that sounded to be coming from the driver side. The rattling happens mostly at low mileage and when I accelerate after being at a full stop. The noise becomes less as I'm driving at higher mileage (or maybe the wind is just overpowering the rattling). I know you stated the heat shield being a possible explanation for this but could it be from a lousy job on putting in the new axel? Maybe having the car on a lift for four hours did it? I need to travel on the highway this weekend for five hours so a reply would be much appreciated!

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      Vishadow29 11 months ago

      My 2012 Hyundai was purcahsed in May 2016 and has had continuous problems with filling the gas tank. A valve and filter were replaced, the gas tank neck was replaced, and the canister was replaced. When filling the tank (I never ask for fill up but always specifiy a dollar amount) the firs ttime since he canister replacement I heard 2 loud "THUNKS" --not together -- coming from the rear of the car. At first I thought the gas attendant hit the back to the car, or shut the hatch, then it happened again, all during the fill up. What could it be? I am afraid this car has a cursed fuel tank.

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      mellania 11 months ago

      I just replace my front axle on Acura TL 2009. Im still hearing the clicking spring-like sound which sounds worse than b4 replacement. Is it possible i have to replace the outer CV joint. My bf took it to the mechanic but didnt test drive my car after, he parked it because i was away for 2 wks. Im so annoyed because i replaced wheel bearings 2 months ago on that same side. Please Advise..

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      andy 11 months ago

      I bought a new mitsubishi GLX adventure. I don't hear noises until 3rd day when I bought it when a grinding noise on the gas pedal comes out when the RPM is about 1.3-1.5 . Then it goes off when I accelerate. Any idea what the problem is? Thanks.

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      Sarabrown021 11 months ago

      I have 2003 Honda Accord with 130000. Today I noticed a dull hollow like sound coming from engine when driving 20-40 mph. It's not loud. Somewhat muted. Not metallic sounding. Best way to describe it....It sound like as if a plastic cup were rattling around in the engine. I can't totally replicate it. It's not happening all the time but noticed it happened several times on way home from work today when driving on surface streets. I recently had an oil change less than a week ago. I pulled over to look in engine because it literally sounded like a plastic funnel cup was left in there. It wasn't. And it doesn't make the sound idling or accelerating. It appears to happen at maintained speed and/or possibly decelerating.

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Debbie,

      I recommend having the heat shields checked on the exhaust system. Some times they rust so bad they start falling off and make all kinds of rattle noises when the rpm is low and the engine is vibrating. Let me know waht you find, thanks.

      Hi Don,

      Sorry, I have no clue what the noise could be. If you could take a video of the noise and send it to me I could take a listen and tell you my opinion.

      Hi AdZ,

      What speeds do you hear this rumbling noise? Does it change with speed? Does it change when turning slightly in either direction? Let me know, thanks.

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      Adz 11 months ago

      Got a weird rumbling noise off rear passenger side of a bmw e46. 2003 model. Not all the time. Sounds lile a flat tyre but tyres are new. Had bearings looked at. Not that! Balanced. Not that either. 3 seperate garages said back brakes and disc are fine. Any advice as driving me mad

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      Don Na 11 months ago

      Hi eddie. When I turn my car off after a half hour or so it makes a sound like a cruise ship horn. Sometimes 3 or 4 times.

      It's a 1999 Lancer.

      Any advice welcome.

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      Debbie 11 months ago

      I have a 2011 Mazda 3 with 151,000 miles on it. A few times recently at very low rpm, maybe just starting to accelerate I will hear a grind for a moment that almost sounds like a noisy diesel truck next to you. It only last a second or two. The engine doesn't cut out or anything. Not sure but it seems like it happens when the ac is on. Any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Betty,

      I recommend bringing back to the shop that did the work and ask them to check it, it could be from the accident, so it's best to have the same shop look at it. Hope this helps.

      Hi Kathid,

      Sounds like maybe you have a loose or worn suspension part in the steering system, I recommend having it checked out just to be safe.

      Hi Adrianabanu,

      The noise you're describing sounds like brake pad impressions. If the car sat for a few days, most likely the rotors rusted and where the pads sat didn't rust. now every time you apply the brakes you hear a thumping noise. The only way to remedy the noise is to either resurface the rotors or replace them. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Adrianabanu210 11 months ago

      Hello! I have a MAZDA CX-5 and recently I hear a noise when I push the brake mostly. It is repeating and the frequency is in tune with the speed. Mostly I hear it when I come down the heel and I push the brake. I know it is not the brake or bad tires since I had them checked and balanced. What else can it be?

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      Kathid 12 months ago

      Car makes a sort of muffled thud sound. Mum could hear it in the car but I can feel it through the steering group wheel. Happens when I turn the wheel at slow speeds.

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      BettyBoop2016 12 months ago

      I was in a T-bone car accident 4 months ago with the car colliding at the hinges of the front driver passenger door and wheel. The suspension, the door/hinge, cosmetic work were completed. The car I own is 3 years old with 18,000 miles. About 3 weeks ago, my car started clunking loudly when I first start the engine and the brake is on (it overshadows the radio). If I remove the brake and start the car, it will still clunk but has a softer noise. The clunk sounds continue for approximately 1-2 times more descending in sound as the car warms up and eventually disappears. The sound appears to be coming from the front of the engine. A friend helped me check it where we tried turning the car on with the air conditioner on and there was a clunk; then without the air conditioner on - no clunk was apparent. This sound was not present prior to the accident. Any suggestions? Is this related to the accident or the car repair? Any suggestions?

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      Eddie Carrara 12 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Vancouverite,

      Is the vehicle still making a bang noise or did this only happen once?

      Hi Natalie,

      It sounds like your tires may have some uneven wear. I recommend checking your tires first and notice if the tread pattern is smooth or uneven. Let me know, thanks.

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      Natalie 12 months ago

      Hello,

      I have a citroen c1 2011 reg and only had it for a month as i have just passed my test

      The other i had my first passanger who rolled down the window and could hear a flapping down near the front left tyre.

      It increases with speed, yet i cannot hear it unless the passanger window is rolled down, cannot be heard inside car unless left passanger window is down.

      It sounds like a playing card on a bicycle wheel and is most heard after 30mph and echoes when driving near a building or curb or anything near the left side of the car.

      Dodgy garage took it for a spin and said its the thrust bearing in the clutch, as they were closing at 7pm and i arrived at 6.50 and said i had a warranty with the original garage it was bought from i think they just fobbed me off and didnt check properly as they drove it without the window even down.

      Any clue what it is?

      I dont want to be driving it around for much longer if its serious

      Thanks!!!

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      sfcar 12 months ago

      Hello,

      My son was driving on cruise control and he heard a pop and he was no longer on cruise control; he was driving like he was on neutral and pulled off to the side. what could it be? Got it towed, and there is a clicking noise when trying to start it as well.

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      Vancouverite 12 months ago

      Suddenly a loud bag coming from the front bottom of the car as I was driving down a road while making a right turn and merging into traffic. This bang of noise is like the front wheels hit a curb but actually wasn't since I was driving on an open and dry road.

      What could this be?

      Your comments in this website has been very helpful. Hope you could give me some sort of hint. Thank you.

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      lnguyen 12 months ago

      My husband and I went on a four hours trip, it's became almost eight hour trip to come home, after thirty minute, we start hearing noise, we thought the belt were broken, so we pull over and look inside and out, up and under, we can not figure it out. Stop and start again and again, two hours left, my husband decide to turn the window down so he can smoke, then he asking do I hear any thing, no I don't hear any things, and then he asking me again, do you hear any thing, yes I heard it. We end up stopping at the dollar general store bought a roll of masking tape,and tape the elastic strip on top of the car, we went all the way home without hearing any thumping, or slapping noise.

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      SuckyLuckMommaOf2 12 months ago

      Hi hub, i have a 1995 crown victoria. One day i was doing about 60 on the expressway when my car started slowing down significantly. I pulled over put her in park and cut her off. After starting her back up (w/no prblm) and pulling off slowly, once i reached bout 10mph it jerked and stopped. I accelerated again to 5mph no jerking but it sould like something is scrapping. Can you please help???

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      dean 12 months ago

      my 2 010 f150 ford is making noise in rearendlike runing on ridge cut on side of road

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      Sherri Ogle 12 months ago

      I have a 2013 Hyundai Sonata and it has started this weird "knock" noise. It sounds like a single knock and then it stops for awhile and it sounds like it is coming from the trunk even though there is nothing in there. I checked the spare tire and it is tight. This happens off and on and only when I am driving straiight and under like 50. Does not happen when turning or going over bumps. Any ideas would be great so I don't have to pay the big bucks to a Hyundai dealer. There is a TXX and the Engine's Short Block Assembly but I would think if there was a noise on that it would be in the front of the car? Thanks for any help.

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      Crista 12 months ago

      Hi, I hope you can help me!! I have a 2002 Audi A6 Quattro. I was driving alond and suddenly I started hearing a a loud noise like metal against metal , I mean so loud u can hear it down the street. The next day it wouldnt start, tried it again later and it started but same horrible loud noise.

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      Tired Teresa at TeresaO1222@yahoo.com 12 months ago

      I have a 2004 Toyota Sienna with over 100,000 miles. In the morning when I start it, it makes a rattling and roaring sound that lasts about 5 seconds. It will also do a softer version if the car sits for a while without being turned on. Toyota told me they would have to take it apart to see what it was - for a price. Another mechanic told me it was the pulley, but that was replaced last year, and another one told me it was the valves sticking and to use Seafoam. I haven't because it scares me. Behest do you think? Help, I need a solution and have a limited budget. Thank you!!

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      Charles 12 months ago

      My S430 2004 hums while driving.email chhsyne@hotmail.com

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      Stacey 12 months ago

      OK so I have a 2002 poniac grand am gt and It was clicking when I turned right so I got a new cv axle and put it in and it's still clicking when i turn right what else could it be ugg it's getting very annoying please help

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      Joe 12 months ago

      I have a 1995 Chevy I Mala SS. There is a rubbing, moaning sound coming from the rear when driving slow. I took it to a few mechanics who cannot tell me what is wrong. I replaced the passenger side rear hub bearings and it seemed to help but didn't last. One mechanic removed the whole emergency break system. We cleaned out the entire wheel areas. The sound remains. Any suggestions on what this could be?

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      peggygainer 12 months ago

      I have read through allyou messages and none are simuilar to my car problem. This is a 2003 Taurus Ford, under 100,000 miles. Recently I have noticed a groaning sound on the front passenger floor board area. I can drive 10-20 miles with no sounds, then drive slowly through a parking lot and I hear a groaning sound when I turn the steering wheel either left or right. I left it with mechanics for two weeks and they never could find the problem. I drove them around, they heard the noise, but their reply was, well you won't be driving slow anyways! Im 78 and a guardian to a granddaughter I cannot afford to get hurt. Any ideas what it is? I had them check the CV Joints and Boots. They said they were fine. All they did was shoot a bunch of grease in every moving part and let it sit. Paid over a $1,000 for Left Tie Rod, Left/Right Ball Joints, Power Steering Fluid Exchange, Wheel Alignment and a new lighter unit. I really would like a solution. I just don't want to be in an accident and have something fly off.

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      Mark 12 months ago

      I have 2004 Toyota Rav 4 auto transmission, rear wheel drive. Recently the disc brake pad protector fell off the rear driver side after hearing a rubbing noise from that tire. The noise only occurs when moving forward and it is louder as cars slows down. Garage inspected the brakes and assembly, found nothing wrong, and snapped the protector back on. He test drove it, as did we, and no noise. Until about an hour later after the car sat for awhile. Its not a crunching, scraping or squealing. In fact, application of the brakes has no affect on the sound at all. Any ideas?

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      Meya 13 months ago

      I have a whine coming from the passenger back side of my Renault Megane coupe (1.9 diesel). This started some weeks ago and is getting worse. I think it is bearings and have done from the start. It changes pitch when I accelerate and gets louder. It gets less when I turn right. I can now feel vibration in the floor and pedals. (My partner cannot). It does not have the "clacky" sound that your card on a bike has, but is smoother. My partner and a mechanic at one garage think it is road noise on that (budget) tyre but I took it to a national tyres workshop where they said it WAS the bearings. I do not want to spend a load of money on something that may or may not be the case. Can you help please?

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      Eddie Carrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hey JoloGz Aquino, That sounds like either your hood needs to be adjusted or one of your exhaust hangers is broken. It makes the noise when your in gear because the engine is stressed and is at a different angle. If the hood is OK and the exhaust hangers are OK, check the motor and transmission mounts.

      Hi Tom,

      The Lincoln sounds like it has an exhaust leak at the manifold, that is you ticking noise on acceleration, and that is also why you have the lean O2 sensor code, because air is leaking into the exhaust and causing it to lean out. Hope this helps.

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      Steve B. 13 months ago

      I have a 2004 suzuki swift that makes a strange tinny sound when I am onthe highway (only at above 90kph,) as I ease up on the gas (such as coasting downa hill) and then reapply gas pedal...or when the vehicle picks up speed to where it is travelling faster than the amount of gas i'm applying. the moment I give it enough gas to increase the speed a bit, it goes away, or if I take my foot off the gas pedal it disappears 'till I put it back on, unless I let car slow to below 90kph and then it's gone when I reapply the gas.?. Just had new timing belt, water pump, cylender head put on. Almost sounds like heat shield reverberation, but seems to be coming from alternator/timing belt area. I can reproduce the sound when accelerating up a steep hill at slow speed, or reving engine in driveway (sometimes) only 74k miles on vehicle.any suggestion would be appreciated. -regards Steve Bishop inkman66@sympatico.ca

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      Pamela 13 months ago

      I own a BMW 1997 328 i 3 series 4 door little car, The A/C compressor is not currently working and we were inthe process of ordering a compressor after wee replaced the belt to find thatwasnt the problem. However twodays ago I was driving home when I heard this loud knocking like noise ive listened to lots of videos as well as helped the men inthe family with tons of car isues soimfimilar with knocking/ ticking/ overheating/ typical car problems yet i cant figure this out. I'm thinking/ hoping its just the A/C clutchmaking the noise now that its gotten bad enough, But imalsothinking it could be water pump bearings? CCV failure? TValve cover gasket? Any suggestions would be lovely! Thanks for your time Eddie

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      mtwist@verizon.net 13 months ago

      I have a 2006 Hyundai Tucson 6 cylinder with 82,000 miles on it. It makes a chugging sound when I got over 55/60 mph which is beyond annoying. I would rather not take it to the dealership for the last time I was there they told me something was wrong that 2 other mechanics said they saw no problems with. I am a senior citizen on a fixed income so any help would be appreciated.

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      Tshela 13 months ago

      Hi,

      I have a maruti car 2015 model. It makes drok drok sound both the front sides of the car in the rough road. It makes sound when I drives in the rough road not in the piece . mechanic told it was problem with steering rack but I don't believe so. Sterling is work as normal. So what could be the problem. Suggest me.

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      Jamie 13 months ago

      My car has a high pitched whining sound when in reverse. I am not going at a high speed. I hear it when I'm backing into my driveway or my parking spot at work. It isn't a grinding sound, just a high pitched whine.

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      Jason 13 months ago

      A strange new sound I have never heard before, kind of sounds like an ultra sound. I can tell its the wheel, front passenger side. It just started and seems to be getting louder, or im just paranoid. Strange thing to me is when I give it gas or apply the brakes, it goes away. Only makes the rubbing ultra sound noise when coasting. I have also looked for lodged rocks or sticks, seems ok, any ideas?

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      Troy 13 months ago

      I have a 95 Chevy van v6 4.3 has 217000 miles when I took off the engine cover I realized there is a clicking noise somewhere on the top side of the engine to somewhere on the top of the transmission I can't pin point it I've put Lucas in both engine and tranny. Any advice would be much appreciated thank you

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      Don White 13 months ago

      I have a 2009 Honda Accord,

      It occasionally makes a chirping sound when parked in the drive, Not running!

      I live near an airport and thought it might be related to radio frequency from planes.

      Your thoughts on this.

      Thanks

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      ali 13 months ago

      hi Eddie, hope you are fine, I have a toyota prius and it has this knocking noise coming from driver rear side, sometimes it comes as i start and start moving, sometimes when going on humps, it keeps doing this then stops. is it still safe, it sounds like a hammer knocking on it

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      Tom 13 months ago

      Hey,

      I don't know if this forum is still active or not, but I just bought a 1998 Lincoln Town Car and am having huge regrets and think I got taken advantage of.

      I now know that these cars have a recalled/bad intake manifold and for that reason alone I should not have bought it, but I thought these cars could be dependable because they use them in Limo Services.

      Anyway...The car is making a ticking/rattling noise, I think it is only when the car is in motion and it is only when applying the gas pedal. I do not think it does when it is in park or neutral and I rev it???

      I also think it may not do it at lower speeds...like it starts around 30-40 miles per hour.

      I am super worried about this being stuck lifters, bent rods, damaged pistons...et cetera...and this thing needing a new engine...or rebuild

      The car is a 1998 Lincoln with only 128,000 miles on it.

      The check engine light has come on and when hooked up to a diagnostic instrument it said the O2 sensor said the car was running lean, the guy at advanced autoparts said if I drive it like that I could burn up a cylinder???

      Any info/help would be greatly appreciated.

      Tom

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      JoloGz Aquino 13 months ago

      I have a Noise coming from the passenger side but really hard to explain it. I have a video id like to share to you maybe you can help me out thanks in advance. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjMme328Qvg

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      Junior 13 months ago

      Since I hit 100000 Miles, I have noticed a loud sound from my engine of my VW V6 toureg 2004, kind of purring sound. And It seems to me like the car has become heavier when I am driving it. Is that normal?

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      Lita 13 months ago

      I have a 2011 toyota corolla. While driving about 25 miles an hour, there was a continuous loud beeping. I did not see any warning lights on the dashboard. The beeping eventually stopped. when I stopped the car i noticed that the passenger light was blinking and it said "off". I turned off the car and turned it back on and the passenger light said "on". I did have 2 watermelons in the passenger seat. do I need to take the car in for servicing?

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      Msmocha92 13 months ago

      Hello, I have a 2008 infiniti qx56 with 5.6 l engine and 128000k on it..it's new to me..a few short moments after I start it up in the morning I hear a low growl for awhile..maybe 2 to 3 minutes, then it stops..I'm inclined to attribute this to a cold start but it's warm here in Charlotte NC, so I'm wondering if this is a normal sound? Also, when driving I feel a slight vibration under my left foot which is resting while I'm driving. This is my first v8 so I'm a little skiddish on all the new sounds I'm hearing. Please help!

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      Jay 14 months ago

      2006 Chev HHR small station wagon. Bought new and only 67,400 miles on it. The last few

      weeks, a hum has developed when driving at any speed. Not from the engine because, if I shift into neutral, the sound continues. The sound wanes as I slow down. Can't tell if it's coming

      from left or right or back or front. The hum seems to be getting louder.

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      Suzanne 14 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a rattling sound in my Nissan X-trail. It is coming from the front ride side of the vehicle and is only when I first start the vehicle in the mornings or if it has been idle for a good time. I have tried to do different things to try and identify the issue and this is one thing that I have done to pinpoint the noise. If I put the emergency brake on and engage it, I turn the steering to the right or left almost to where I can't turn it further and bingo the noise happens.

      I am hoping you can give me a few ideas of what the cause would be?

      Greatly appreciated!

      Suzanne

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      Ashley 14 months ago

      My Buick Rendezvous makes a rubbing/grinding type noise that sounds like it's coming from the rear end when I turn the wheel. It's really loud. It gets worse the farther I turn the wheel. Any idea what it could be?

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      Michelle 14 months ago

      Car engine sounds like tins rattleing then suddlenly stops wont start

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      dharrisneal@yahoo.com 14 months ago

      Today driving home my truck made a bumping noise and you could feel it. It felt like it was right in the middle underneath. It didn't do it all the time, maybe every two minutes but it has NEVER done that before and I am scared to drive it now

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      Aaron y 14 months ago

      I appreciate it Eddie it was the shim that was making the clicking noise with the starter it wasn't laying down flush butt I dismantled it and took off the shim and the clicking stopped

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      weng 14 months ago

      Hi! I have a Honda CRV 2006 model and after I had it changed oil, I've noticed a vibrating noise underneath the driver's floor during acceleration. The mechanic replaced the transmission and engine support but the noise still there.Any opinion?

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      Betty 14 months ago

      I have a strange thumping over top of the mirror in the roof of my car when I first start it up. Lasts about a minute to a minute and a half and then stops. It is loud and I cannot figure our what is up there.

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      george 14 months ago

      my Toyota 1996 Camry when I start the engine make a noise like a air noise somewhere ...cabin and engine.....the car drive well and start well....(the noise is like a vacuum air is off....fssssssssss)air come out from ...please help

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      Bethany Bowman 14 months ago

      hey, I have a 2010 nissian sentra and it has 94000 miles on it and when I start to go usually after it has been sitting... it sounds like something is rolling around... then it stops and doesn't do it again... no lights on or no other sounds.

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      Anthony harris 15 months ago

      I have a 2013 ram 1500 that was struck in the front left Fender and tire by a car going about 20 mph. I noticed on the way to body shop that the car was humming and vibrating in pulses at speeds of 60+ and it pulses the faster I go. When I dropped it off they said it's the fender, which I had my doubts about. The problem still persists after they fixed the fender and I have to take it back in today and take a mechanic with me on the highway. Any thoughts on what the issue could be?

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      TusharIAS 15 months ago

      Thanks for the post.I have Hyundai Grand i10(petrol).there is a hissing sound underneath the car as if some oil is sprinkled somewhere but there is no sign of leakage(hissing sound).The sound probably comes from fuel tank.It only happens when I put the car key in acc position.The sound remains for two seconds and gone.It only happens if the car is idle for five-six hours.Every time I put the key in ACC mode it sounds but without engine start.If I start the engine and then turn off,the sound will not come if you put the key in ACC mode again.The car is running fine.

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      TusharIAS 15 months ago

      Thanks for the post.I have Hyundai Grand i10(petrol).there is a hissing sound underneath the car as if some oil is sprinkled somewhere but there is no sign of leakage(hissing sound).The sound probably comes from fuel tank.It only happens when I put the car key in acc position.The sound remains for two seconds and gone.It only happens if the car is idle for five-six hours.Every time I put the key in ACC mode it sounds but without engine start.If I start the engine and then turn off,the sound will not come if you put the key in ACC mode again.The car is running fine.

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      Charlotte 15 months ago

      Hi I have a tapping noise when I am reversing my car. The noise is coming from the passenger side near the front wheel thank you I hope you can help

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      Eddie Carrara 15 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Aaron,

      Maybe the starter needs a shim??

      Thanks for the feedback Dane, I really appreciate it :)

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      Dane Fisher 15 months ago

      Great article. Very helpful in my trouble shooting andd when explaining issue to mechanic.

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      aaron y 15 months ago

      Hello Adam so I checked the converter bolts the torque bolts and remove the shield between the motor and the transmission and started to the car to see if maybe it would not make the noise anymore butt no dice it's still really loud I've used a screwdriver stethoscope method to try and figure out where the noise is coming from but it kind of sounds like it's coming from the starter the torque converter bolts was on there really tight any other suggestions

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      Eddie Carrara 15 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Aaron,

      I recommend checking the torque converter bolts,sounds like one may be hitting the dust cover between the trans and engine??

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      Aaron y 15 months ago

      I just change the transmission on my 2000 Chrysler Town and Country and after I got everything hooked up started clicking really loud I guess from the motor I'm not sure do you have any suggestions or any idea so what it might be

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      Eddie Carrara 16 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi DeeDee, can you take a picture of it and post it on my website at simplecaranswers.com ?

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      DeeDee242 16 months ago

      I have no idea what the proper name is for the rod that attaches the back wheel for my 03 Suzuki Jimny. Any help? I need a new one, and don't know what to ask for. My mechanic says the name varies. I've been searching online, and I haven't come across one that looks like what I need.

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      Eddie Carrara 16 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Theresa,

      Most likely you have some debris caught in the blower motor, once you clean out the debris, the noise would subside. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Theresa 16 months ago

      I was interested in buying a 2002 Chrysler sebring sedan however when I was checking it over I found when you turn the heat past 1 it starts to vibrate the dash and make a very loud noise... Its not coming from the engine. What could it be ? I thought maybe the blower motor was clogged up somehow.

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      Eddie Carrara 16 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jeff,

      Two things to check, first I would check the drive shaft u-joints, and then the center carrier bearing on the drive shaft. Both of these could potentially make that kind of noise. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Jeff 16 months ago

      Ok so I have a clunking noise that is present the whole time I have my foot on the gas.(2005 jeep grand cherokee laredo)...but coasting or pushing the gas in neutral or park I don't have the noise at all. Starts right away and doesn't stop til I take my food off the gas pedal. Same noise in reverse. It has gotten slightly louder over the past week but I can't find anything that might be making the noise....cv axles are perfect ...brakes. springs. And shocks are all fine too....read it could b the axle nut or even my exhaust...haven't gotten that far....any ideas tho? Driving it is fine except for the noise.....thought something had broken off and was bouncing against something only when I was driving but sadly contact find anything. I apologize for the long message

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      Eddie Carrara 16 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Karen,

      We miss you in NH ;) The first place to start is the tires. Most vibration come from tires out of balance or worn tires, I know you just had them check a few month ago, but a lot can happen in a few months. Mud and dirt can build up on the inside of the rims when driving on dirt roads or heavily sanded roads and will need to be rinsed out, even tires that don't have the right amount of tire pressure can cause a bad vibration and pull. If the tires look OK, have no uneven wear, and the pressures are set at about 33 psi, have them balanced. Keep in mind that alignment will not cause a vibration, just tire wear. Keep me posted on what you find Karen, and if you have more questions, I'll be right here.

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      Karen Ann 16 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I purchased a "rebuilt" at a dealership back in May 2013. It gave me no problems until the front left tire began to vibrate, sometimes to the point where the steering wheel vibrated badly. It felt like the tire was going to fall off. It decreased or disappeard when I was driving 35 mph. I've since had a new caliper and 2 front rotors repaired. I also bought tires and front brakes that day. I've had the tires rotated since. The same problem has now reared its ugly head. I can't drive over 35, and the "wobbling " feeling is getting worse. My brother suggested bearings, but that "helicopter" noise isn't there. Its more like "OH MY GOD THE WHEEL IS GOING TO FALL OFF" sound and the steering wheel vibrating. Before I sink $1000 dollars into this older car (Saturn Vue, 2004, 114,000 miles) I just need a professional ballpark, as I am on my own here in Maryland, (God I miss NH!!!) Anything you can tell me would be appreciated.

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      Arain 18 months ago

      Hi

      I have a question, Whenever my Toyota GLI 1300 CC car cross the speed 100 km/hour suddenly one of rear Wheel produce a sound like a burst wheel, but actually it is not. What kind of noise is this then ?

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      Eddie Carrara 18 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chritina,

      When was the last time you had the valves adjusted? If never, you may want to start there. It's common for the valves to tighten up over time on those engines. Let me know if this helps.

      Hi Karo,

      Have you had the engine and transmission mounts checked yet?

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      karo esete 19 months ago

      Pls i hv a toyota corolla 2011 model. My problem with it is vibration. Ones i put it on drive or reverse it starts vibrating abnormally. I put on ac and d vibration increases. Took it to mechanic and they can't find d fault.

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      chritina 19 months ago

      Hi

      Eddie,

      i have a 1994 acura integra it just started my a spitting or small backfiring noises. When i drive it doesn't make the noises all the time but i notice it loses power some when it makes the noises then it is power back up. I really hear it the most when im sitting still almost sound like its going to die but it doesn't. Thank you, christina

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      Eddie Carrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Leann,

      It sounds like you brake booster has a vacuum leak, you may want to get it checked out because if the leak gets worse, your brake pedal could get rock hard and you would have trouble stopping. Keep me posted on what you find out Leann, thanks.

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      Leann 21 months ago

      Hi, I just bought a 2014 Toyota 4 runner. I have noticed a hissing noise when I apply the brakes. The noise is not under the hood. It actually sounds like it is coming from under the brake pad itself or near it. The brakes work fine but the noise is very annoying. Any ideas?

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      Leann 21 months ago

      Hi, I just bought a 2014 Toyota 4 runner. I have noticed a hissing noise when I apply the brakes. The noise is not under the hood. It actually sounds like it is coming from under the brake pad itself or near it. The brakes work fine but the noise is very annoying. Any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bruce,

      It sounds like the alternator bearing may be making the noise, so any extra electrical load will change the noise. Try turning on the rear defroster and see if that changes the noise as well.

      Hi Teddy,

      Thanks for your feedback, it's nice to get some recognition every once in a while, it helps keep me going :)

      If you were to raise the RPS without moving, is this when you get the noise, or does the vehicle need to be moving? It sounds to me like a wheel bearing (helicopter noise??) or maybe a center carrier bearing on the drive shaft? The vibration may be connected if its a drive shaft bearing, but not likely if it's a wheel bearing. Let me know your thoughts, thanks.

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      Teddy 21 months ago

      Also. It seems to vibrate when I hit higher speeds. Normally when the sound is happening. I am wondering if the two could be linked at all?

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      Teddy 21 months ago

      Hi Eddie. I just wanted to tell you that I think what you do here is awesome! You are a great help to a lot of these people and most of what I've read you are right on the money with the issue. I've been doing a lot of work to my 2003 Chevy S10 lately. 5 speed manual transmission with 156k miles. 2.2l 4 cylinder engine. It's been making a weird noise at higher rpms that I haven't been able to figure out. It sounds like it's in the engine compartment but it sounds like a pop can when you strap it to the back of a bike wheel almost.

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      BruceMAbr 21 months ago

      Car: 2002 Mazda Tribute

      Noise: Low howl type sound when idle or driving less than 15mph; also can always make it stop for a few seconds by pressing the window up button on any window that is already closed. If window is not closed, the up button will cause the window to raise and the sound doesn't stop but if it is already up, the sound ends but then after 5-7 seconds, returns (so something having to do with the slight increase in electric current caused by up button?).

      What could this be?

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      Eddie Carrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gilbert,

      I recommend looking at the exhaust heat shields first, you'll need to inspect them close, if all are tight we can dig a little deeper. Keep me posted on what you find Gilbert, thanks.

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      Gilbert 21 months ago

      hi Eddie, great article you shared here. I have a bothering issue with my Mitsubishi Lancer GLX that i hope you can help shed some light.

      My car is almost 10 years old now and recently when driving at low speed or making a turn, there is sometimes (note it's not always, but maybe 50% of the time) loud vibrating noise that seem to be coming from the passenger door area.. It sound almost like a rod vibrating at high speed or a little like a fruit blending machine running.. The frustrating thing is that it doesn't always happen even if i try to replicate it using the same speed or turning..

      Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire

      Good to hear Wilfred, and thanks for the update :)

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      Wilfred 21 months ago

      Hi Eddie, It turns out after I simply unscrewed the reservoir cap and made sure the foam float was moving that after I put it back on, it never game me that problem again! Must of been semi-stuck or something!

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      The chirping noise sounds like a bearing starting to fail, maybe an alternator bearing ? But the beeping noise is weird. Is the car still under warranty? It must be a factory 3 year 36 mile warranty?

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      Rebecca 22 months ago

      Now to add to the frustration, leaving work today my car would not start and had to be jumped. There were not any lights left on or anything plugged in. Then when I drove home about 20 mile drive it started back up after I turned it off. Don't know if this has any relations at all with the beeping noise, or just adding to the list.

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      Rebecca 22 months ago

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQF857xwg7I Here we go I think I have it right this time. Can also be searched as Car Chirping noise by Becky Marshall.

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rebacca,

      You need to send me the link, did you do that?

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      Rebecca 22 months ago

      Ok, it was the first time i have uploaded anything to You Tube so hopefully you get it ok.

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      OK, You need to upload it to YouTube and then post the link in the Disqus comment box, NOT the facebook comment box at http://www.simple-car-answers.com/Car-Making-Noise...

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      OK, You need to upload it to YouTube and then post the link in the Disqus comment box, NOT the facebook comment box at http://www.simple-car-answers.com/Car-Making-Noise...

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      Rebecca 22 months ago

      I certainly will send you a video. I actually tried to attach it to my post. Send me the link please.

      Thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rebecca,

      Could you take a video of the noise and upload it to YouTube so I can hear it? If you think you can do this let me know and I'll tell you where to send the link, thanks.

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      Rebecca 22 months ago

      Hi

      I have a 2012 Dodge Avenger and i have a beeping/chipping sound coming from under hood passenger side although you can also hear it from inside vehicle. I now know the general area it is coming from is under hood because i have ruled out it being the bluetooth after disconnecting and still happening, not radio after turned it off. And AC has been turned off. This does not always start immediatly after startup but occasionally it does pretty quickly after. It is more so after sitting idol for a few min. (Like in traffic, drive throughs, stop lights) this is when it starts but then continues till car is turned off. It does not appear to be effecting the running or operation of the car but it is annoying, embarrassing, and a bit worrysome. After all cars dont gennerally make a noise just because. Any suggestions?

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      Eddie Carrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Josie,

      I recommend having the u-joints checked, sounds like you may have one on the way out. Keep me posted.

      Hi Wilfred,

      Check your brake fluid level in the reservoir, it sounds like it low on fluid. There is a float switch connected to the brake fluid cap, so it the level is OK, check the wires and float switch. Keep me posted on what you find Will, thanks.

      Hi Dennis,

      It sounds like pressure leaking from somewhere, most likely the cooling system but I wouldn't worry too much, it still in warranty and should be an easy fix. Let me know what they find, I'm very curious, thanks.

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      Dennis 22 months ago

      Hello

      We just bought a 2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 S special edition from Antioch Nissan,CA. As soon as we got home from the dealership,we started hearing a whistling noise coming from under the hood near the engine .Everything was fine during the test drive. We are taking it back to the dealership tomorrow morning. What causing it? Do you think it is fixable?

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      Wilfred 22 months ago

      Hello Eddie, I have a question, not really a noise related issue, but could perhaps become one :) I have a '02 Honda Accord that recently (twice now in the last two days, but only in the mornings) has a weird issue with the Warning Brake light (exclamation in circle). In the mornings only, when I start the car and drive to work, the warning brake light (same light used for the e-brake) goes on, but when I press the brake pedal, it goes off, then on, then off, very similar to the logic of a mechanical pen that you press on the top. It's very strange! However, you can prevent the light from going on if you lightly pull the e-brake (enough to cause the light to on) before you press the brake pedal. I'm kind of stumped, any suggestions? Checked for leaks, and sponginess and nothing at all! Thanks!

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      Josie 22 months ago

      2009 Jeep Patriot has a noise in the front end like mud hitting the bottom of the vehicle when you stop and start and when you are at 50km or below.

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      Eddie Carrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Irene,

      There are a lot of people who read this article and your feedback is priceless!! So thank you for coming back with the update, I really appreciate it.

      I recommend going to this mechanic for everything, he seem like the type of mechanic who cares about his customer and doesn't need to make all the money off you on the first visit (old school way of thinking). You don't find many mechanic in today's world that will help the customer without gouging them, so stick with him :) Thanks again Irene, I'm very happy you found a mechanic you can trust.

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      Irene D 23 months ago

      I have an update for you, Eddie, and for anyone who cares to read this.

      I went to a third mechanic this afternoon, with my Mitsubishi Lancer 2008. When i told him I had a noise in the back, under the car, he assumed it was the suspension. After driving it around for a few minutes and visually inspecting everything under the car, he told me the noise was due to a missing rattle clip on the right side. The first mechanic had installed the calipers, break pads and rotors, but missed that rattle clip on the right. This guy told me he could fix it immediately or I could go back to that shop and claim warranty. Not wanting the hassle again and any more lies and deceit, I told him to just take care of it. It took him 15-20 minutes to put one in and test it and all I had to pay was $45. No noise anymore and no suspension problems.

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      Irene D 23 months ago

      Hey, Eddie, thanks for replying.

      My main concern is making my car safe to drive and of course, not paying more than I have to.

      The $420+tax was for 2 rear shocks and 2 rear shock mounts plus labor. Maybe this is reasonable, maybe not, but I need to know what's exactly wrong with my car.

      The estimate is from the same mechanic who told me he'd used new parts all over for the initial front strut+rear brake repair (which cost a considerable sum) and it turns out the calipers have rust on them. My old mechanic (living out of town now) said the calipers may have needed changing, but my brake pads were almost new so there was no need to change them. Then it turns out these new parts are not really new, what with the rust on them.

      The new struts were also defective in that they were making really strange noises at all speeds and I had to go back to the shop 3 times in 10 days to make him change them (under warranty).

      Needless to say, I don't trust him anymore and I don't trust the second mechanic either. I don't mind spending the $ if i know it'll make my car better. The first thing I need is for someone to tell me about the click-click noise in the back and if my car is safe to drive, especially since I take it on the expressway. Trying to fix it this time has obviously not been a very good experience for me, I must say.

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      Eddie Carrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Irene,

      Wheel bearings make a very distinctive noise, if you watched the video, you know the noise. If your car is not making the noise in the video, your wheel bearing is probably not damaged and it time for a third opinion, and that really sucks!!! Did the mechanic tell you what needs to be replaced in the rear suspension for $400?

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      Irene D 23 months ago

      Hi, Eddie.

      I drive a Mitsubishi Lancer 2008 and i took it to a shop to change the front struts and rear brakes.They fixed those but said that my suspension is bad in the back. They gave me a $400 estimate for it and I left. That afternoon the car started making noises in the back, every time i rode over a bump or into a pothole, a kind i had never heard before: click-clack, or something resembling a pebble rolling around. I went back to the shop and they said: well, it's the suspension we told you about. I thought it was weird the noise started after i took the car from the shop so i went to a different shop to ask for a 2nd opinion. This time, the mechanic said there was no noise in the back, but it's actually the front wheel bearing, for which i got a $500 estimate. I watched your video on the noise for front wheel bearing problems and the car doesn't make the helicopter sound you described. I'm very confused. Whom am I to believe? Now i think i should go to yet another mechanic and see if he corroborates either of the previous assessments or both.

      Thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nikki,

      You can drive it as long as your brakes don't overheat. If it feels like the brakes are dragging (like the car is being held back) you may want to have it towed, but that is an expensive tow bill :( Keep me posted Nikki.

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      Nikki 23 months ago

      Thank you, Eddie. I drove around a bit and my brake pedal is really hard. When braking, the car shudders and it feels as if I was driving with the parking brake on (it is not on, checked!). I'm struggling to find a mechanic to look at it, but the nearest available one is an hour + away.

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      Eddie Carrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nikki,

      It sounds to me like your rotors got rusted a little when it sat (you're by the beach with a lot of moisture) and now your brake pads have left an impression on the rotor causing the noise. I recommend driving it for a few miles and see if it feels safe to drive. The noise should subside after using the brakes several times, but may not completely go away. Let me know if this helps, and enjoy the rest of your vacation :)

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      Nikki 23 months ago

      Eddie, your page is wonderful. Thank you for all of the helpful information you've already provided here!

      I put 500 miles on my Audi, then let it sit in my driveway for a few days. Today, when I put it in drive, it lurched out of park and I felt something happen with the brakes. After making sure my brakes were okay, I carefully drove down my water/sand pothole covered beach road, and when I finally started accelerating on the main road, I heard a flapping noise and the car felt off. I'm in a pretty remote town and I'd prefer to wait to get it checked with my mechanic at home, but I don't know if it's wise to drive another 500 miles home before I get it serviced. I checked that brakes aren't seized, checked for debris under car, don't see any panels hanging- could it be sand in my wheel wells/tires?

      Thanks again.

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      Eddie Carrara 24 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi DM999,

      You need to check your battery for a draw, it sounds like something is draining the battery, and if it has no draw, you need to perform a starter draw test, but I'm willing to bet something is draining the battery.

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      Eddie Carrara 24 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi DM999,

      You need to check your battery for a draw, it sounds like something is draining the battery, and if it has no draw, you need to perform a starter draw test, but I'm willing to bet something is draining the battery.

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      DM999 24 months ago

      Eddie,

      On the slow start proportional to Off time.. Ended up getting a new battery anyway to at least start ruling things out. Issue is still there even with new batt (including immediately after insertion of new batt for the first time; meaning it had 10min of idle time, not hours, so draining of batt should not be the problem). Add'l datapoint is that the start time seems somewhat proportional to the time vehicle has been off. E.g., off for 4 hours takes 3 sec to start; off for 8 hours takes 5 sec to start; one time i had it off for more than 24 hours and it wouldnt start. I had to set ignition switch back to off and try again, started up on 2nd attempt.

      Battery contacts look clean.

      Could it be spark plugs? Or starter motor? The slow start proportional to idle time is a clear clue, but i am at a loss as to what it could be if not a charging system issue.

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      Eddie Carrara 24 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Scott,

      Does the noise always happen continuously when driving , or does the noise come and go? Let me know, thanks.

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      ScottB 24 months ago

      I have a dodge ram 2004 1500 with a lift kit on it and recently have had my rear drive line repaired but since I have had the truck I have been hearing a rattling noise beneath or somewhere near the front of the truck

      it sounds like as something is rotating it is causing the rattle none of the above noises though that are indicated on the videos above and only happens while the truck is moving could it be a loose cap cover on the wheel if not is the drive line that connects to the boot could the cover cause the rattling that covers the driveline shaft it seems to rattle when I try to move it around .. thank you for your help

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      ScottB 24 months ago

      I have a dodge ram 2004 1500 with a lift kit on it and recently have had my rear drive line repaired but since I have had the truck I have been hearing a rattling noise beneath or somewhere near the front of the truck

      it sounds like as something is rotating it is causing the rattle none of the above noises though that are indicated on the videos above and only happens while the truck is moving could it be a loose cap cover on the wheel if not is the drive line that connects to the boot could the cover cause the rattling that covers the driveline shaft it seems to rattle when I try to move it around .. thank you for your help

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      Eddie Carrara 24 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi DM999,

      If you want to do a quick check on the battery try this. Once the battery is fully charged with you Noco charger, leave the head lights on for 10 minutes, if the battery dies, you probably have a bad cell, if it stays charged and the engine starts easily, your problem may be a drain on the battery from the vehicle. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      DM999 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie, got another puzzle for you on my 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix. I have a "slow start" problem which occurs only when car has been idling with ignition off for at least 4-5 hours. I suspected it could be the battery (since it might be getting charged by alternator to be strong enough for 4-5 hours until it loses some charge while idling) but not so sure anymore as I have a 12V charger (by Noco) and it charged it all the way up, yet i still have the problem.

      Also considered bad alternator failing to charge the battery, but via the same Noco charger i observe that after a week of not charging the battery externally, it was still running strong (didn't need much charge to get back to "full"). So it seems to suggest the alternator is able to keep charging the batt as it did not deplete significantly.

      Maybe it could still be the batt (e.g., bad cell even if voltage looks good) or maybe it's a mechanical problem (but what mech problem would require idling for 4-5 hours to be reproduced)?

      I had the car taken to a shop and held there overnight so they could hopefully reproduce the problem after letting it sit. But apparently they couldn't reproduce anything and couldn't find anything obvious.

      Car runs fine after it starts (takes 3-6 sec to start when having the problem).

      Once i have some time i plan to hook up a voltmeter to the batt to watch it as i start the ignition, to see if voltage drops too low and whether voltage goes up to closer to 14 V alternator voltage after start.

      Thank you for your time!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lijha,

      It sounds to me like you have a bad spark plug wire, spark plug, or distributor cap. Something to do with the electronic ignition. Try running the engine at night in the dark, take a spray bottle of water and lightly spray all the spark plug wires and distributor cap. Do you see any sparks arcing? Let me know, thanks.

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      Lijha15 2 years ago

      Hello sir, I have a 02 Oldsmobile Alero. And the speedometer tends to stay at zero when I accelerate it stalls and makes this noise. Can any of the things you've mentioned above cause this. It drive great on the freeway at highway speeds. Its just when I first take off it stalls between o-20. Then jump into gear at 30 and its fine. And also when I'm at a stop it shakes a lot. The steering and dashboard vibrates. Could the to be connected

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mary,

      It sounds like the brake pad wear indicator is hitting the rotor. I recommend bringing it to your mechanic and have them check the brakes. Keep me posted on what you find Mary, thanks.

      Hi Great Guest,

      It's possible your upper strut mount is making noise of even a coil spring. I recommend having the front end checked out for loose suspension parts.

      Hi Ahmad,

      I recommend driving it for a while and see if the noise changes. It doesn't sound dangerous, and it may be a characteristic of the vehicle. Noises can come from all areas of a vehicle, a loose motor mount can make noise, but so can a bent exhaust pipe hitting the under side of you vehicle so drive it for a while and monitor the noise.

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      Ahmad 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie

      I have a 330 diesel bmw e90 2006. Whenever I switch off my car it makes a small knocking noise. Is this normal ? Some mechanics said its engine mountings some say they think it's a pully buy need to strip the car and see. I'm not used to a diesel so not sure of these noises because I know diesels are normally noisier. And by putting the clutch in and switching it off just makes the a very little softer but it's still there. Any idea what it is? Or if it's normal for it to switch off like this ?

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      great guest 2 years ago

      I have a 2009 Toyota Camry. Just noticed a low-level thump sound when turning the wheel left. Then I did a suggestion: I parked car, left engine running while turning the steering wheel left then right several times and I could hear the thump on both turns (not a click, but a thumping sound). Can it be identified?

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      Mary 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a Honda Accord 2007 with 35,000 miles on it. Suddenly noticed a very quiet sound while driving straight at low speed: it sounds like a lightweight tin object dragging under the car. The rotors that I can see and feel are smooth and tires are only a year old. The scraping can barely be heard, and there is no unusual sound when I brake. ??? I'm afraid to drive it now. Any idea as to the problem? Thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pamela,

      Without seeing the car or actually verifying the problem, I can't really say. Your mechanic will have a much better answer for you, mine would be at best an educated guess with no proof. I recommend waiting for your mechanic to give you a diagnosis.

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      Pamela 2 years ago

      Hi , I was rear ended and he pushed me into the vehicle in front of me.My front end was damaged badly they replaced the radiator and transmission line and fluid and repaired the body work..I got the truck back and at 30 mph my rpms were over 3000 and I couldn't get it stop..So I passed my house and pulled over and put in neutral and shut it off..That happened 3 times I had an appointment to take it to a mechanic but didn't make it..It caused a serious accident at 20 mph air bags deployed I just had the flywheel replaced , the starter, and I could have killed myself and others could you possibly tell me what caused that because the insurance company is wanting me to sign over the title for a fraction of the value and I wont until the mechanic can get a diagnosis of it he is having trouble because he can't get a diagnosis because the main source is crushed but he is working on it and says its not anything I could have done because it was perfectly fine before the accident. Than you for your expertise. .

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Adam,

      I would take a look at the external belt tensioner to start. I have seen a lot of bearings start to seize and make a ticking noise, also take a close look at your serpentine belt, make sure there are no rips or chunks missing. You may need to have a mechanic look at it if everything else looks good.

      Hi Poul,

      I recommend having your motor mounts checked, it sounds like one may be worn and causing the noise. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      poul 2 years ago

      Short grinding noise left side after going from start to drive or turning at slow speed or going over bumps at slow speeds. Lasts only a second or 2. What is it?

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      adam 2 years ago

      Hi I have a faint clicking sound coming from my engine on the left side I think. a mechanic friend said its normal but I am pretty sure that when I bought it the car didnt have the click.

      I saw a youtube video and sounded just like mine and they said it was vvti or tvi? is it normal for small 1.4 liters to click? anyway to silence the noise?

      thanks in advance heres a link to the engine noise video I found.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtXZBRDYmPg

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Armywife,

      Keep me posted on what you decide to buy, and if you have any questions, I'll be right here :)

      Hi Jo,

      That is awesome news!!! Yes, having some knowledge can give you an upper had compared to being oblivious, so I'm glad you got some positive results. Thank you for the feedback Jo, this is the meat and potato's of my articles, it's information from people like you that other readers can use it real life situations :)

      Hi Pete,

      Your vehicle is still under factory warranty, If you make an appointment at the Hyundai dealership, they may have a technical service bulletin on the noise. When you find out what is making the noise, could you come back here and give me an update? Information like that is priceless and is very useful for other readers with the same issue. I would really appreciate it :)

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      Pete 2 years ago

      Have 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.4L (4 cyl) every time I start the cold engine I get this rattling sound coming from front drivers side engine compartment till engine is hot, then it stops.Note can't hear it to much when sitting in car with doors closed,but standing outside of car especially near front drivers side wheel sounds like something is loose in the engine compartment.

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      Jo 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Quick follow up from last week. Firstly, I found a great garage willing to listen to my voice as well as the 'kerching' of their till. Once I started talking about 'steering racks and bushes' I think they took me a bit more seriously, so thanks for the pointers!

      As it happens they found two problems. 1. Front wheel bearing was noisey. 2. Rear wheel caliper clip had broken off completely, so caliper was moving.

      Both replaced today and so far all appears to be great!

      Thanks once again for your help, it's amazing what a difference a little knowledge makes.

      Cheers!

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      Armywife 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I was afraid of that. My husband and I are going to look at a few new cars today, maybe a dealership will take it as a trade-in, although it's doubtful that we'll get much for it with the mileage it has. I don't really want to spend that much to have the problem diagnosed and then have to run through all the more expensive possibilities just to have a major part fail (since we are at 111000 miles), so it seems that it's time to put this car to rest sadly. Thanks for trying though!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Armywife,

      The misfire in #4 cylinder is what you should be concerned about. A misfire code is telling you that the gas in #4 cylinder is not being burned properly, that is the easy part, trying to figure out why, is the challenge because there are so many possibilities, this would also be the cause of your rough idle.

      The humming sound could be your alternator, ac compressor, tensioner pulley, etc... The clunk clunk has me stumped.

      At this point you're stuck between a rock and a hard place, you can't fix the problem if you don't know what it is, and diagnosing it would cost you some money $200 - $400. The question is how much are you willing to spend to figure out the problem?

      I' m sorry I can't diagnose the noises and misfire code and nothing common comes to mind except what I wrote. I hope it is enough to help you decide what to do next. Keep me posted Armywife on what you decide to do, thanks.

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      Armywife 2 years ago

      sorry, I meant changing the timing belt improved the idle for a little while, but then the idle went back to being really rough. Thank you!

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      Armywife 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2006 Dodge Stratus (2.4L) with 111000 miles on it, and it has a rough idle. We've done the normal things (oil changes, filter changes when recommended) in addition to changing the spark plugs, the wires for the spark plugs, the battery, the timing belt (& water pump---timing belt went out around 90K, this improved the idle for a little while), but then the idle continued to get worse. We had them check the code and got back "Cylinder 4 misfire". Not sure what that means we have to fix. Now in addition to the rough idle, the car makes a humming sound that ends with a clunk clunk clunk, almost like a flat tire when it is just started up and run at slow speed. Noise disappears when car accelerates or is run a few miles, turning has no effect on this. Please help, this car is becoming expensive and I'd prefer not to spend the money on a diagnostic if it can be helped. Thank you!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      I recommend a second opinion Jess, it sounds like your mechanic is just guessing and it's going to cost you more money than you need to spend. Keep me posted on what you decide to do, thanks.

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      JessHouse 2 years ago

      I had the drive belts changed a couple months ago and recently (within the past 6 weeks) I have heard a squeaking-like sound. I don't hear it at start-up, but within two or three miles of driving, I begin to hear it. It's significantly louder when I have the car in drive. Placing it in neutral diminishes the noise, but not entirely.

      I took the car in last week to see what was going on thinking (hoping) it was a loose belt and was told it was the two pulleys and the belt tensioner with the reasoning being something along the lines of 'putting new, and therefore tighter, belts can put stress (or something like that) on the pulleys and that is why the noise happened after the belt changes'. I initially took the car in to see why the service engine light was on and during that process, they said I needed new belts. I was curious as to why they wouldn't have noticed these secondary issues during the first evaluation?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jess,

      Why 2 idler pulleys and a belt tensioner? Sounds like you need a second opinion. What did you bring your car in for? Or was this just something the mechanic found during routine maintenance? It's very rare you need all these parts.

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      JessHouse 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I was told that I need two idler pulley's and a belt tensioner replaced. $194 for parts and $216 for labor. I was told that it wasn't an immediate safety concern and that I can wait until May to schedule an appt. Sound legit?

      Thanks,

      Jess

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi RC,

      Wheel bearings are usually pretty cheap $40-$80, it's the labor to replace it that will cost you, so shop around on labor prices because it really does make a difference.

      Hi Jo,

      There are a lot of things that can make this type of noise, but because it is intermittent, it makes it even harder to diagnose. Two problems come to mind when you said "the noise happens when turning" I recommend having the steering rack checked when the wheels are turned in one direction or the other. there are bushings on both ends of the steering rack that wear out. Or you have a strut that has an internal failure and is only making noise when the weight of the vehicle is either on it or off it. Without hearing the noise or driving your car you realize these are only guesses, but I hope it will point you in the right direction. Keep me posted on what you find out Jo, and keep in mind, there are not a lot of garages that like to find and fix noises :(

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      Jo 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a Saab convertible 1.9 Vector Diesel 2009. 75,000 miles. Had front tyres and one rear tyre replaced in Dec 14. Approx 1 month later started hearing hollow noise which sounded like rear wheel. Noise was intermittent. Had tyres checked no problems found. Noise is still intermittent but louder and now sounds like it's from front offside. Most likely to appear when turning left at 30-40mph. Diagnosed as strut mount bearing which has been replaced today (no damage to replaced part), but noisey still evident. Sounds like a regular tapping noise on something hollow. 3 garages can't find the problem and as its intermittent I can't replicate it. No loss of power, no drop in fuel consumption, CV's & exhaust all ok. It's driving me nuts and I'm worried something catastrophic will eventually happen. Any clues?

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      RC 2 years ago

      Thank you, I am going to call VW tomorrow and ask if I can make an appointment. I appreciate the direction! I will check back when I have an answer. I feel $$$ already

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi RC,

      The noise you're describing sounds like a wheel bearing. A wheel bearing will start to make noise around 25 mph and will increase with speed, it's a humming noise. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      RC 2 years ago

      Hi! I have a 2009 VW CC 2.0 engine turbo . Just within the last week I have noticed that as I accelerate whether it be on a side road or the freeway , it gets noiser. But while on the freeway home from work (45 min drive) it goes in and out of accel noise. I thought maybe the heat shield ? But it is not loud while idling. My car has 85k miles. I drive a lot and I drive at high speed often. I have my car maintenances regularly at the dealership. Could my exhaust be the issue? Again it gets louder most of the time upon acceleration and it sounds humming like. Before I bring it into VW I would like to know your thoughts. Thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sha,

      When you had the front tires replaced, what did the mechanic say about the rear tires? Did they even look at the rear tires?

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      sha 2 years ago

      I have a 2008 yaris. when I bought the car I didn't notice this noise since I didn't have the windows down but it made a very loud vibrating noise with the windows down but not when they were up. well now the 3 yrs later the noise is even louder inside the car too sounding like a muffler is gone but it doesn't do it when it is in park and revive it up so I don't think it is that. my husband says it is the tires so I replace the front ones first and it isn't quite as noisey but still loud. could it be something else?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Roger, that's great!! Glad you figured it out so quickly, and thanks for coming back to update me, I really appreciate it :)

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      roger55 2 years ago

      Hi eddie

      you was right was a wheel bearing and was in prety bad shape anyway all fixed and now quiet as a churh mouse no more headaches up to yet lol

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jess

      It sounds like one belt may be a bit loose or off by one rib. Your mechanic should be able to fix this easily. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      JessHouse 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I drive a 2004 BMW z4. My drive belts were changed within the last two months, and within the last two weeks (perhaps longer, but I just didn't notice) I have heard a somewhat quiet cricket/squeaking sound. I can hear the noise while the gear is in park, but the noise is somewhat louder when I shift to drive (auto transmission). The noise seems to dissipate when I press the accelerator, although I can't be certain if the noise is lessened/gone or if the noise of the engine overcomes it. I really began to notice it when I was driving in my parking garage at work at low speeds, but can't be certain that it's not occurring at high speeds (the garage provides the echo that lacks while driving on the road). Any thoughts? I'm having my mechanic look at it in a few days to determine if the belts are loose or if the issue lies somewhere else.

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      roger55 2 years ago

      thank you I will check it out and keep a eye on it

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Roger,

      It sounds like a wheel bearing noise. Wheel bearings will usually start to make noise around 25 mph, and as you go faster, the noise gets louder. You should be able to drive on it for a while, just keep an ear on it, you'll know when it's getting bad. Let me know if you have any other questions, thanks Roger.

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      roger55 2 years ago

      BTW if it is a wheel bearing problem will I still be able to drive with it till I can get the problem fixed or will it pack up on me

      cheers roger

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      roger55 2 years ago

      Hi

      I have this noise kinda like a loud humming sound like a window open even though none are seems to be coming from the back can hear it in the car hard to describe the noise but I have a vw Passat 2.0 tdi 2007 I thought it might be tyre related that I have read somewhere steering rack seems fine no vibration wanderd if u have any ideas what it might be

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kelly,

      Most likely that is your fuel pump inside the fuel tank. Take a walk to the back of your vehicle and put your ear near the fuel tank, can you hear it any better? The noise is usually more obvious when the tank is low on fuel because it echo's in the tank.

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      Kelly 2 years ago

      I have a 2007 Mercury Monterey that when in park (at least that's when I notice it) sounds like faint drumming, like a neighbor is playing the drums.

      Any ideas?

      Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cindy,

      Sorry I didn't see your post. Is there anything else associated with the noise like a vibration? Do you hear the noise at idle without the vehicle moving? Do you hear the noise above 5 mph or does it go away? Let me know, thanks.

      Hi Susan,

      The brake noise may be just moisture on the rotors in the morning. If you only hear the brake noise in the morning when you first apply the brakes, it may not be anything to worry about. The water noise may be water moving around n your vehicle. Have you checked the rear floors for water or in the trunk? When you check the trunk, look inside the spare tire well and look for any signs of moisture. Let me know what you find Susan, and don't worry, we should be able to get to the bottom of these noises :)

      Hi Johnny,

      The noise your hearing could be coming from the clutch. Does it only happen when you release the clutch, like when starting off in first gear? If so, in what gears? Let me know when exactly you hear the noise, thanks.

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      Johnny 2 years ago

      I have a 99 Honda Accord EX manual. I don't really think there is anything wrong with the car per say. I just noticed there is a strange noise that I can't explain when I shift the car. It sounds like a squeak but it only last for a split second after shifting and giving it gas. It shifts just fine, runs great. Engine is quiet like it's not even running. It's a very good car. Just that little bit of a noise that sparked my curiosity. Any idea what it could be?

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      Susan 2 years ago

      HI,

      I own a 2003 Honda Accord that is making an odd swishing sounds like water in a drum when first pulling forward or in reverse. Also, the brakes are not chirping or grating but are started to have a very slight grinding sound when first starting out. I am 62 years of age and have no honey do to turn to and neither do I want to be taken advantage of at a "fixit" shop. Based on this limited info, can you possibly give me any pointers or ideas of what can be wrong with her?

      Thanks!

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      Cindy 2 years ago

      my 2003 chevy suburban w/108,000 miles just started making a noise..sounds like a deep growl..my kids say the truck is belching..lol happens as i hit gas from complete stop and speed is usually under 5?? occasionally as im making a very slow turn too?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chris,

      Can you reproduce the noise when the car is in the driveway by rocking the car back and forth or side to side ? If the engine was off, and you rocked the car back and forth or side to side, could you reproduce the noise? If you rev the RPM's up while sitting still, do you hear any noises or is it only when you're moving? Try these things and let me know what you find, thanks.

      Hi Leon,

      Check your power steering fluid and top it off about a 1/2 inch above the full line on the reservoir. Let me know if the noise goes away.

      Hi Sean, and welcome back :)

      Updating the software in the cars computer is like updating the software in your phone, it can help improve a lot of glitches in the software. Glad you got it all figured out. If you ever need any automotive advice, you know where to find me, and thanks for the update Sean, I really appreciate it.

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      Sean 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I figured that's what they were doing. lol

      This was fixed today under warranty. They told me the car's computer needed some updates and it should be fine now. Not sure what the issue was really, however it appears to be fixed.

      Thanks Eddie!

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      Leon 2 years ago

      Hi. My Honda Odyssey 2005 starts whining after 30mph if I accelerate. On any other speed if the gas pedal not touched, no noise.

      Any clues why?

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      chris 2 years ago

      my daughter has a 2008 suzuki swift manual petrol. It made clunking noises (felt it in the steering wheel a bit) when reversing and the garage replaced the exhaust as they said a bracket was loose and then put a new shock absorber on but this hasn't made any difference. It has now started to make a different noise further towards the back, like a juddery clunk that can last a few seconds. It does it up to about 30mph but generally very low speeds. She tried to see if its when she's changing gear or going over a bump but can't work it out. Not sure if they are both related or not.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sean,

      It's a warranty job, not much money to be made, they were just buying time hoping it wouldn't come back on while your in warranty lol. Keep me posted, thanks.

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      Sean 2 years ago

      Thanks Eddie,

      I have made an appointment for Monday. I will keep you posted. The fellow at Kia said it should have stored the code. Not sure why they told me to monitor it and cancel my previous appointment. It's still under warranty. I'll see what they say.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sean,

      The vehicle computer should have stored a code even if the light is not on. There a lot of things that can make an engine stall so it is tough to say. Common problems are: mass air flow sensors located in the engine air cleaner box, throttle position sensors, O2 sensor, ignition switch, fuel pressure, just to name a few. I recommend having the temporary DTC checked, it should point you in the right direction. Keep me posted on what you find out, thanks Sean.

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      Sean 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I own a 2013 Kia Forte. Has 60,000 KM on it and I keep up with the oil change schedule. A couple days ago the check engine light came on upon starting the car. It was not flashing but was solid and stayed on after a few different starts. I went to get gas before going home since I was low on gas and after filling the tank and going to start the car it stalled out after 2 seconds. Just turned over and then stalled. I had then made an appointment at the dealer but of course on the day of the appointment the check engine light was not coming on anymore. I had the car in the garage for a couple days and was not driving it until I went to take it in for an inspection. The dealer said if the light has gone out to monitor things for a while and if it comes back on, to make an appointment. So, the appointment was cancelled. A couple days later the car stalled again. It seems to stall as soon as you start it. Not when driving or turning, just when turning it on. Usually very quickly. The check engine light has not come on since but the car seems to intermittantly stall, I would say on average 1 in 3 or 1 in 4 starts it will stall. One time it has stalled twice in a row. I know this is not much to go on but was just wondering if you have any idea what the usual suspects are for this type of problem?

      Thanks,

      Sean

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steph, Most likely your wheel bearing is making noise, I highly doubt the missing lug nut is the cause of the noise. I recommend checking the other lug nuts for proper torque, if one is missing, how many more are loose? Keep me posted Steph, thanks.

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      stephanie 2 years ago

      I Have a 2000 crysler concord an while driving with speed i hear this loud hummin noise ínside of car comin from the back an i notice on passenger side a lug was missing off wheel . Could that be the issue?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Jeff, you're welcome, glad it was nothing expensive :) And thanks for the update, I really appreciate it! If you every need any automotive advice, you know where to find me .

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      Jeff 2 years ago

      I took the Honda back to the place that did the brakes. Even they said they thought it was going to be bad after driving it. Luckily, it turned out the backing plate on the brake pad had shifted. It was rubbing against the rotor making the awful noise. But when the brake was applied, the pad didn't allow the backing plate to rub the rotor. They fixed it for free, problem solved. Thanks for your input.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      OK Jeff, sounds good. It may be a caliper shim out of place and it's touching the rotor. Thanks for the update :)

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      Jeff 2 years ago

      Small update: on second thought, it's less thumping and more scraping. I have determined it is coming from the rear driver-side wheel well. The rear brakes were the ones replaced about a month ago. Last night, I tried toeing the brake slightly while accelerating, and the noise stops. But as soon as I let off the brake, it starts again. A "car" friend of mine thinks bad brake pad alignment or something to do with the brake pad installation is causing it. I have taken it back to the shop that did the brakes. Will let you know.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi shahriarz,

      You either have an alignment problem or a tire pull. It sounds to me like a tire pull more that anything else. Keep me posted on what the Goodyear shop says, thanks.

      Hi Jeff,

      The noise you're describing sounds like a inner CV joint. Inner CV joints make a thumping noise on acceleration, and usually cause a vibration at the same time. The thumping noise will quiet down around 30 mph because that is the speed most people drive at in the city and there is less pressure on the joint when coasting or driving at a steady 30 mph. I would have both axles check for wear or leaking boots, most likely you have a torn boot that has leaked out all the grease and is ready to be replaced. Keep me posted on what you find Jeff, thanks.

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      Jeff 2 years ago

      My wife has a 2005 Accord (over 200,000 miles). Starting this week, she is getting a thumping noise from the time she accelerates or coasts up until she is going faster than 30mph. It completely stops above 30. It completely stops when she brakes, or is sitting still. The thumping gradually increases the faster she gets towards 30mph. It almost sounds like a thumping you would hear if you had a completely flat tire (which it's not). From driving it, it sounds like it's coming from the wheel wells, but i can't pinpoint which (maybe that means more than one). The car had new brakes put on about a month ago. I have watched YouTube videos about wheel bearings, and I don't think that's it.

      Thanks.

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      shahriarz 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks a lot for your reply.

      Actually I had this problem just the day before I changed my brake pad. And after changing the brake pad there is no change of scenario. Assuming that it is an car alignment problem I already scheduled an appointment with Goodyear this coming Saturday. They do the alignment test for free so far I know. But I am not sure if it is an alignment problem or not. You know better.

      Thanks again.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi shahriarz, did this happen after the work was done? was it there before the work was done? Let me know, thanks.

      Hi Miss Patty,

      The noise you're describing sounds like a center carrier bearing on your drive shaft or a wheel bearing, check out my wheel bearing video and let me know if this is your sound https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPf2ibWgBm8

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      Miss Patty 2 years ago

      Hello...

      I have an '07 AWD Pontiac, Torrent... I call it "Grape Ape"...lol Anyways... I've been having this problem for a lil over a month now... While in park; there is no problem; when I brake this noise doesn't change... It's a constant (like tunnel/tonado) sound... Under 20mph the noise is not there but from 20 to maybe 35mph its loud and stays constant til I hit a higher speed and then it starts to quiet down and its VERY soft sounding after 65mph... The noise can not be heard from outside the car; it sounds like its coming from underneath the car... I don't need to hit the brakes for the car to slow down and the sound get louder... I had all my wheels checked to make sure its not the ball bearings/hubs... No one can figure out what this noise is... H E L P!!!

      Someone mentioned to me about there being a "Differential Oil" tank that may just need to be changed... So I did that but they only did the rear differential oil... The noise is a LIL better but not much of a change... Like I said earlier; this is an AWD, so my question is: Is there another differential oil tank that needs to be changed also???

      Also; if it was a rock between the rotar and that silver part in back of it; wouldn't that rock been grounded down by now to just fall out???

      Also extra info; I drove down a road hill without accelerating nor braking and the noise got louder as it went fast up and stayed loud while the car was slowing down after the hill...

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      shahriarz 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I checked my brake pads and changed my front pads. One of them was broken. Now I am having a new problem. My car looks like having a tendency to go to the side of the road by itself though I don't want to. Is it an alignment problem? What should I do? Please advice.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amber,

      If your exhaust system has a leak near the engine (usually in the exhaust manifold) it will produce a tick noise under a heavy load (like going up a hill) I recommend having the exhaust system checked for leaks. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      shahriarz 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for the reply. But I see my brake works ok. Anyway as you said I will check that out.

      Thnx again

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      Amber 2 years ago

      HI Eddie,

      Thank you for taking the time to help us all!! I was reading through your posts and saw you answered this question before but the person never reported back (or atleast I couldnt find it).

      I have a 03 passat and having numerous issues with it. One is there is a clicking noise in my dash when driving up hill. Sounds a little like a turn signal but definitely not. I already use the highest octane (which is something you told someone else to try). Any ideas?

      Thanks in advance.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi shahriarz,

      I recommend having your brakes checked soon, the wear indicator on the brake pad may may be starting to hit the rotor.

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      shahriarz 2 years ago

      Hi,

      I have a Honda 2002 civic, Lx, 4 door sedan car. I just bought it 1.5 months ago. I have a problem in the car. After starting and when my car runs between 25 mph it makes a low profile squeaking sound. The sound is not continuous. It happens for like 5-10 seconds and it disappears. 20 days ago similar kind of problem started and at last I ended up finding that my power steering fluid was empty when I took my car to a car mechanic shop. So I filled up my power steering fluid. At that time similar sound started and it became bigger and after filling up the power steering fluid all sound was gone. But for last 2 days I am hearing this new sound. Can you plz help me? I am a student. So repairing a car with lots of bucks is not possible for me. So I want to solve this problem at the beginning.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Trish,

      It sounds like you have some internal engine troubles, not sure I can help you from here. Loud clicking noise and smoke usually constitute lot's of money. Sorry I don't have a better answer Trish, but let me know what they find, I could be wrong.

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      Trish 2 years ago

      Hi help car making a loud clicking noise and smoke coming out of engine . The mechanic change the belt but said its still making a loud noise and still not sure what the problem is any suggestions?? Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ivy,

      Those types of noises could be struts, but more common than strut noise is sway bar bushing and links. When sway bar bushings and sway bar links become worn, it will cause a light thump noise when driving over small cracks in the road and bridge expansion joints. Have these parts checked first from a reputable mechanic. If it's your struts, most likely they will be soaked with oil and dirt on the outside, so don't be afraid to ask to see the parts before you have anything replaced. Let me know what they find Ivy, and keep me posted on the repair.

      Hi Elena,

      It's a common characteristic of that year Civic. As long as it's not stalling, you should be fine. It's possible a motor mount is worn, but I really doubt it has anything to do with the transmission. When you have a few extra bucks, you may want to have the valves adjusted, I doubt a valve adjustment has ever been done, and it may improve your idle. Let me know if you have any questions Elena, I'll be right here :)

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      Elena pena 2 years ago

      I have a 2001 Honda civic lx . I'm having issues with it alternating rough then smooth. When it's in park the idle is ok but when it's put it into gear it idles rough. When I excelrate it has a slight delay before it goes. When I come to a stop it drops its idle really low like it's going to die but doesn't. I'm hoping it not my transmission just got the car not to long ago it has a 149,000 miles on it. I have done tune up spark plugs ,pcv value, throttle body cleaning,

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      Ivy 2 years ago

      Hi, I drive a 2003 Toyota Camry. Recently, I have noticed a hollow rattle noise from what feels like the suspension when I drive on bumpy roads or such. However, more recently, I have noticed an almost thumping sound or duuuduuduu, thmpp, almost faint knocking noise that almost sounds like it is coming from my trunk when I back up. I suspect it is my struts, but I wanted to be have some insight before I was swindled by a car repair place. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Gary,

      I'm not sure what you mean when you say "let Idle for two blocks". Are you idling or are you driving? If driving, What speed?

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      gary 2 years ago

      loud huming coming from Rear of toyota camry when let idle drive for two blocks

      help dealers can't seem to find it

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      OK, sounds good Garagedoorguy.

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      Robert 2 years ago from Arvada CO

      I will take a look at all these in the next few days when I give my Technician the day off, lol. I will let you know what I find though.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Garagedoorguy,

      Did you check your heat shields for small pebbles ? Sometimes they can get caught up there and rattle around. Another possibility is, some exhaust pipes are double lined and the inner pipe becomes loose. You can try hitting your exhaust with a rubber mallet or the palm of your hand when it's cold and see if it makes any noise. One more thing to check, look for any spring bolts in the exhaust system or exhaust hanger brackets that are loose. Let me know if this helps.

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      Robert 2 years ago from Arvada CO

      I have an odd noise that I just cannot figure out. I thought that it was the cat heat shield but both sides are snug and the noise never happens. It kind of sounds like rice in a blender made out of a tin can. The noise never happens at idle and seems to happen at certain rpm/speed combinations. If I have the cruise control on going 75 mph and come to a slight uphill the noise will happen. When I am driving around it happens all the time around 45 mph but if I step on the gas I can make the sound go away. This is a 2006 ford f150 xlt 4x4. Maybe you can give me a couple places to look.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Martin,

      Thanks for getting back to me. Try adding some power steering fluid to the reservoir and top it off about a 1/2 inch above the full line, see if it makes a difference in sound. Keep me posted, thanks.

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      Martin0104 2 years ago

      Eddie,

      I did take the mechanic for a ride but the noise was barely noticeable at the moment. They say it may have something to do with the power steering pump. I've noticed that the noise seems to happen strongest when I'm turning and when it is cold or wet outside. It's just strange that this noise happened to appear right after I changed my brakes.

      Thanks for your help,

      Martin

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      MarcyC 2 years ago

      i agree with that, but I am doing the best I can with what I got till I can do that. thanks for the advise though. I did get the transmission working pretty good, which was the worst of it. Well all but reverse , and have fixed a few of the other issues unless they were something that was related I could tell what most of it was, but I was hoping some would be inter related and didn't mean EVERYTHING was breaking at once. For now it's still getting me by. Thanks :)

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Martin,

      Did you take the mechanic for a ride to point out the noise? It sounds like maybe some rust is caught between the rotor and backing plate, or maybe an anti rattle clips is too close to the rotor and touches every now and then. Let me know, thanks.

      Hi Milwokean,

      Newer engines have ticking noises, usually from solenoids, injectors and relays. These noises are perfectly normal, but if you have any loud heavy noises, that would be an issue. Let me know if this helps.

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      milwokean 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Last week i purchased a 2015 Hyundai Sonata. I hear a ticking noise when pressing the gas pedal. I took it to the dealer and he informed me that this is normal for this car. I test drove another sonata and it seems it has same issue.

      It seems i have to live with it. I am asking for your opinion about this noise.

      Thanks in advance.

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      Martin0104 2 years ago

      Hey Eddie,

      I just recently changed the brake pads on my 2008 Mazda 3. But now I occasionally hear a low humming sound (similar to rubbing a wet finger through the rim of a wine glass or a low whale call of some sort) while I drive. It comes and goes, and doesn't necessarily happen at a specific speed or tire position, it just started happening after changing the brake pads.

      The mechanics I've taken it too cant seem to find the problem. Could it be a seizing or hanging caliper? Or maybe the bearing?

      I appreciate any help.

      -Martin

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sanjeeve

      Is there any way you could take a video of the noise and post it to YouTube?

      Hi Marcy,

      That was a long winded story, sounds like you never have any relief from this car. I know you may not be able to afford a new vehicle, but the vehicle you have now is not worth resurrecting, there is just too many problems, you would spend less money on a new used vehicle with no problems. The problems you have described to me about this vehicle are overwhelming, not for me, but for anyone who owns the vehicle. I would never advise anyone to try to fix a vehicle that has that many problems. I'm sorry I can't help any more than that, but I'm trying to let you know that the vehicle is not worth fixing because it will never be right, never! Keep me posted on what you decide to do.

      Hi Jr,

      It sounds like a wheel bearing, but it could also be a drive shaft carrier bearing.

      Hi Jessica,

      Do you have a 4 cylinder or 6?

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      Jessica 2 years ago

      This doesn't make sense! When I start my car n morning I hear a fan like noise & or growl like noise underneath the hood....like its n the engine, then after car warms up a few seconds car sounds calm. My doesn't rev up or any of that. Now when I start out n morning accelerate the car driving off, the rev up part when I accelerate..or mash the gas rather a fast ticking or sounds like the lifters are going really fast sound like. & it sounds like the engine is accelerating rough. But then the car drives just fine. When I'm in park or stopped too, I can hear the tapping noise like it be the lifters in engine but I have good oil in & every 3,000 mi. I get oil changed. My car is a 2003 Honda Accord.

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      JR 2 years ago

      I have a Mercedes E320 2004. Lately there is a humming noise coming from somewhere when at 30-40 mph. I suspect from some bearing but it could be something else like deferential. Any ideas will be really appricated.

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      MarcyC 2 years ago

      Hello Mr. Eddie. I hope life is treating you well. I'm finally on a laptop and not fighting with my phone so I'll try to retype the whole story of the last several months and see if it will post it this time. I'm unsure which parts would be relevant for you to know, or if all of them are... I'm told that none of it is. First I believe was it started taking 3 tries to start if it sat for longer than an hour or 2 after you killed it. Then it kept busting hoses on cold days and overheating. It started doing a slight thing where on the highway it felt like the shell wasnt entirely secured correctly to the frame I guess is how I could explain it. I was told I'm nuts and my explanation was silly. The steering started getting to much play in it, water was soaking the front passenger floor board if the a/c was on, I'm tired but I can't recall the heater doing it, I'm certain when I had it on when I was coming home earlier the floor wasnt wet. Anyways, then the weird feeling I had about the soundness of the vehicles assembly went to oh my goodness I'm going to die. Have you seen or heard the term death wobble? I saw that on a jeep forum and it is no lie. Not much really makes me sure I felt fearful when I'm driving, but that is no joke. My radiator busted because it happened and I could not get off the road and stop which was the only thing to stop the insane bouncing around when it starts. Changed the radiator and that is when I found out that the jeep had been not only in a pretty bad wreck but repaired badly and rigged together. Strange it never gave any problems to speak of for the years I had, had it already. I replaced the tires with new ones, breaks and such, changed the oil and did the maintenance things hoping to somehow fix what was happening(then turned to google). The radiator breaking caused the transmission fluid to get changed just to throw in there. The connectors and such were all rigged in with incorrect parts so when I tried to use what was suppose to be on it there was a problem. The line came off I think twice and lost fluid and use of the transmission and had to once again try to get it all together correctly. Eventually that was fixed and very shortly lost the ability to turn right, unfortunately my house was out of the parkinglot I was parked in to the right. When a friend came to help he broke the bolt or something on the steering gear box and made me lose left as well. Replaced that and it not only returned my left and right it made my steering wheel no longer have so much play it was like using a wheel attached by rubber bands to steer with while trying not to start bouncing the car apart(loads of fun to drive). Did I mention the catalytic convertor? That got completely stopped up. The transmission is starting to hesitate and jump into gear tho I'm told that's not what I feel so I ignored it. It starts getting harder to start and sometimes needs to be jumped and then starts dying while driving. The rpms no longer are to high, now theyre starting to be so low unless the gas is pushed it will die, so unless you plan to drive with both feet you wont stay running. Acts like there are electrical issues too like the lights shutting off when you hit a bump, or the windows wont work till you kill it and restart it once in awhile. Between the slow shifting not starting and dying while its running its about as unsafe as before again. While helping work on it more things get broken than fixed at this point. The p.s. pulley and bracket, damper, oil pressure sensor, crankshaft positioning unit all have to get replaced because when flushing the radiator when it got flurries and dropped to freezing when I was going to flush the radiator I realized I didnt have antifreeze and it didnt get put in by the person that said they would get some and get it in there that evening. I was flushing the radiator because the water looked like someone filled the car with bloody marys instead of water. Yes this is shortly after the radiator was replaced. I got told as I was trying to replace it that stop leak had been put in to help me because a slight leak was thought to be hiding somewhere. Well the transmission was dropped and all those things as I said were casualties. Radiator got flushed. 2 MONTHS later as they were (the people changed as more horrying problems were created and for each solved 5 popped up anyways) trying to get it working right, transmission fluid is leaking like a geyser. No matter whats done the transmission is getting worse and worse, this wasnt the start of it acting up but it definately has not been good. I forget what was done next but when it's all together it's suppose to have fixed it and they start it up..idles pretty dang nicely, warm it real good, go to shift. it doesnt shift at all..I'm told the transmissions done...I'm a mom of 3 with no paternal support, I've lost my job. I'm bandaiding my life by a thread live in the sticks and bills are to the point it MUST be fixed. I kinda freak but I go start working through the gears thinking maybe the fluid just needs to circulate..I get out check the level...its to full..looks funny(its dark out and im by lamp so humm maybe my eyes) ummm THERES WATER IN IT. it got drained and additive that was suppose to help put it back right put in and more put in to basically flush through it. I shifted over and over through the gears not really trying to engage just shifting..Then I went to r and gently pushed..all the way through and each caught and the car moved in each. I put it in park closed the hood came back and r was gone, but it work in each of the others..then since r ocationally works but causes an awful noise and only pretends like its going to work. the lower gears arent correctly working but if you make it to the upper it works alright. Today it started running to hot, I snapped on the heater to try to pull heat from the engine and it was running almost nonexistant and wasnt even really lukewarm. It kept staying way hotter than it should be but not shooting up and suddenly water sucking through a clogged tube sound comes through the dash and it drops some but goes right back because it was not broken free whatever was clogged or what ever wasnt working didnt start with the sound. When I get the cap off its that same gross sluggy rust water looking junk that was before. then you ask about the fluid and its either getting hot and burning or theres dirty old being poured in by some weirdo following me around breaking my vehicle. So thats all I remember that broke and was replaced and all I can think of on symptoms before and during. Sorry if you read it all and none was relevant, hopefully a bunch of it is linked and will tell you more than it tells anyone I know. and no blowing it up isnt what i want lol :) thanks whether you figure anything out or not. you're doing a cool thing for people on this site.. the country...world would be a much better place if more people thought of ways to help others. ciao

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      sanjeev 2 years ago

      Hi, I have Chevrolet beat and two years have passed. A strange sound (loud) like frictional is coming from car when I take a downward turn while driving to office. Daily at same point. I left the problem un-attended. But yesterday while driving I took a fast turn and the sound came very loudly and from then it is appearing as if the sound is always there in the car.. not to that extent but is there. Can you please help me out. one thing to tell you is that..Once there was oil leakage problem and I got it corrected by replacement of clutch release bearing. this happened around 5 months back. But sound was coming before that problem also and after that correction so I hope this sound problem is not linked with that.

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      sanjeev 2 years ago

      Hi, I have Chevrolet beat and two years have passed. A strange sound (loud) like frictional is coming from car when I take a downward turn while driving to office. Daily at same point. I left the problem un-attended. But yesterday while driving I took a fast turn and the sound came very loudly and from then it is appearing as if the sound is always there in the car.. not to that extent but is there. Can you please help me out. one thing to tell you is that..Once there was oil leakage problem and I got it corrected by replacement of clutch release bearing. this happened around 5 months back. But sound was coming before that problem also and after that correction so I hope this sound problem is not linked with that.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Marcy,

      Have you checked the transmission fluid yet? If so, what did it look like (color), and did it smell burnt? Let me know, Oh, and welcome back :)

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      MarcyC 2 years ago

      I have a 98 jeep gc. I Knew when I got it that it was old and would need some tlc, but as happens when it rains it pours. It's no longer going into r and cranky about 1st 2nd and 3rd. If it does go in r it makes a noise like I heard when someone ran over a road cone and drug it. It's slipping gears, over amping and if it shifts it jumps into gear. Upper gears are pretty normal if it gets there. Between 1 and 2nd it has even stuck between and had to mess with it to go again. Is the trans. Done or can it be anything else? Thanks for any help you can lend. For whatever reason it cut off the long explanation I gave with all that led up to this and what has been done to it but this was the part I need to know what to do about. Any other info I can reexplain if you need it

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Marcy, lol.

      It's OK to ask anything you want, that's why I do this :)

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      Marcy 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie. I tried reading through your comments to see if maybe I could find answers without having to repeat things you had asked, but holy caboodles there are so many that you have helped. You have the same name as my daddy who was my hero so I'm not surprised

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi William,

      You have me stumped on this one, I'm good with Honda Question and general mechanic problems, but specific problems like this are for Ford techs and Ford forums, lol. If I were to guess, I would have to say it may be coming from the torque converter, a possible lock up solenoid problem or converter problem. Sorry I can't do better than that.

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      William3085 2 years ago

      Also , I want to add if I don't immediately accelerate after hearing the low cask iron noise, my engine will shit off. This may be useful in finding out the problem as well.

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      William3085 2 years ago

      Hey Eddie

      My question as similar to a few others on here that had not been answered yet. The indescribable passenger side sound. It only shows up while driving and it only fades away when you hold the accelerator. If you brake, you'll hear it still, but dulled up and still present. It happens at high and low speeds. To say what it sounds like, a cask iron bowl being spun on its edges faced down. Low humming sound. This sound is common in the particular car I have which is a 97 Ford thunderbird 4.8but also on 3.6 as well. Only a few mechanics know exactly what causes this. If you know any who ever worked on these cars I'm sure they'll have a good idea what this sound is. But I thought I'd ask you since a few more posts sounds something like this but wasn't clear enough to understand.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mastrokj,

      I have been getting a lot of calls on this noise, We haven't been able to hear the noise yet, but listening to the YouTube videos, it sounds like the VTC actuator. I will keep my eyes open for the fix in the shop, and when I figure out the answer I will post it here, and on YouTube. Something to consider in the mean time, do your oil changes every 5k or sooner to keep the oil clean and full. From what I read, people using the maintenance minder for there oil changes are having the most problems. Let me know if this helps Mastrokj, thanks.

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      mastrokj 2 years ago

      Hi, purchased a 2015 Honda Fit EX with automatic CVT transmission (with push button start )back in August 2014. Car has approx 18K miles. I have experienced a loud, grinding-like noise (which lasts for only a second or so) when starting my car. This has happened about a dozen times. Did not experience it in the Summer. Happened once or twice during the Fall. Has happened the most during Winter. If you go to youtube, and search: "2012 Honda CR V engine grinding noise" you can hear the exact noise my car engine makes. Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time. Karl.

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      Jim D. 2 years ago

      Thanks, Eddie . . . . I'll follow up on your suggestions with my mechanic.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      OK Jim, so I would have the upper strut mounts checked, also check the motor mounts, if one has failed, it can cause all kinds of noises when riding over rough roads. I had a civic the other day with the same issue and we found a bad motor mount.

      Hi Kim, when do you hear the noise? Backing up a coasting? backing up and braking? Backing up and turning? Is it a continues clicking or one click?

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      Kim 2 years ago

      My car is 2003 toyota highlander. And just start making a clicking noise in back when i backing up. Can u please let me know what can cause that

      Thank u

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      Jim D. 2 years ago

      Thanks for the suggestion, Eddie . . . . Yesterday I followed up on it. Rocked the car back and forth as much as I was able. No sounds of any kind.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jim,

      Two things that come to mind, upper strut mounts or sway bar links. Did you try rocking the car back and forth in the driveway to try to reproduce the noise? You just might hear it if you can rock it hard enough. Let me know, thanks.

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      Jim D. 2 years ago

      2001 Buick LeSabre. Whenever front wheels go over bump or drop into pothole, hollow metalic rattle heard from behind glove box area. Open hood, inspect shock absorber installations -- everything tight. Mechanic has checked entire suspension system -- all is fine. Nothing lose in engine compartment behind glove box. Nothing lose inside glove box. Mechanic has ridden in passenger seat and listened to this sound for blocks -- still baffled. Thanks for any insight.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Xiao,

      Because it's a 2014, I recommend driving it and keeping an eye on the issue. The vehicle is still under the manufacturers warranty, so if the problem gets worse, bring it back to Jeep and it won't cost you a dime.

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      xiao2014 2 years ago

      the noise like when you speed up, you step on the gas, but the noise is much louder, and the smell it is like rubber burning smell.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Xaio,

      What kind of noise is it? What did the burning smell, smell like? Rubber, plastic, paper, oil, sweet, etc...?

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      xiao2014 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, this problem happens once a week or once biweekly, the noise starts around speed 40, and the speed stopped at 58 or 59, couldn't go faster, and there was some burning smell, there is no lights indicating what problem it is, I went to the dealer, looks like they don't know.

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      xiao 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee, this problem happens once a week or once biweekly, the noise starts around speed 40, and the speed stopped at 58 or 59, couldn't go faster, and there was some burning smell, there is no lights indicating what problem it is, I went to the dealer, looks like they don't know.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dustin,

      The first think I would check is the water pump, the pulley bearing may be worn and could cause a wobble and a coolant leak. Start there and let me know what you find. If the pump looks OK, it may be just a loose belt and a coolant leak, two separate problems.

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      DustinG918 2 years ago

      Ok I got an 01 eclipse gs and ive been hearing a swaking noise and I drove my car for about 20 min and it was constent but raised in volume when i drove faster. when I got home I popped the hood and it sounded like it was from the around the ac compressor or around that area and it had a scent of burning rubber. I also have an antifreeze leak somewhere and I know i threw a code of my egr having a lack of flow but i fixed the egr and now this ughhhh help me please

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mumbai,

      If the noises were not there before the clutch replacement, the mechanic may have left some parts loose causing the buzzing and rattles. As far as the 4th gear, gear backlash noise, that could be a wheel bearing, maybe the axle nut is not torques to the proper spec? I recommend taking it back to the mechanic and have them take a drive with you so you can point out the noises. They may need to double check the entire job over. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      Aditya Khaitan 2 years ago

      Hi, I am Mumbai. I own a Tata Safari Dicor 3.0. Recently the vehicle has been sent for clutch overhaul. After clutch overhaul have been noticing some noises.

      1 - Rattling noise in idle with with clutch pedal disengaged and this noise appears after warm up

      2 - There are some floor vibration and buzz type noises in 3rd gear in rpm range 1600 - 1950

      3 - In fourth gear there is gear backlash noises in rpm range 1600 - 1950. But if I try to accelerate the sound increases and is very loud.

      All the above noises where not present and only appeared after the clutch overhaul

      Clutch Overhaul included - Clutch Disc, Pressure Plate, Master and Slave cylinder, Clutch Fork, Flywheel, Release Bearing or Throwout Bearing

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Roop, All the way from Calcutta? That's awesome :)

      In cold temps engines can take up to ten minutes to come off fast idle, but not in your area. I think the clutch is working normal, I recommend giving the engine a little gas to get it going on the inclines. If the clutch is working on the flat surfaces, it's just a matter of learning how to adapt to the different terrains. If the clutch was defective, it would have other problems I believe.

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      Roop 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for the quick response.

      I am from Calcutta, India, it is not cold over here. But I don't know, even in cold places would it take 10 minutes for the engine to reach the idle rpm.

      Coming back to the clutch issue, I have driven other cars, but in a flat(not steep) surface if i just release the clutch without pressing the accelerator the vehicle would definitely move forward. There is one more thing to it, once the mechanic adjusted the clutch cable screw after the problem was resolved but gear shifting became hard and there was a sound when I shifted from the 1st to the 2nd gear so I asked then to loosen the screw and now it's back to where it was. A mechanic once told me that the new clutch might also be faulty. Can this be true?

      Esteem is known as the Suzuki Cultus in the Western countries. Mine is an 1.3L 85 bhp engine. Dont know if this problem persists with all Esteems.

      Thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dixie,

      The ticking noise could be caused by an exhaust leak, a possible cracked manifold or leaking exhaust gasket. The temp gauge staying a cold could be the thermostat stuck open. The loss of power has got me stumped. It's possible the catalytic converter is clogged, that would also explain the ticking noise from the exhaust. Let me know if this helps Dixie, thanks.

      Hi Becca,

      The stalling for a second seem like an ignition switch problem. Anytime an engine loses power like that, it usually has something to do with the ignition switch because all power is being lost for that split second. The ticking noise from the engine may be from the age of the engine and lack of oil at start up? It's best to have a mechanic listen to it, at this point, without hearing the noise, I'm just guessing and I don't want to get you worried for nothing if it's as something simple as a belt ticking. Let me know if this helps Becca, thanks.

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      becca 2 years ago

      Hi there

      I have a 2006 Hyundai sonata with a little under 147k miles on it.

      2 things I want to ask about:

      1: it appears from my research that it is a frequent problem with the 06 sonata. A clicking sound when you start the car but then after a moment it goes away. Not sure what it is and what causes it.

      2: the more concerning of the two. It has happened twice now. First time I was accelerating and the car seemed to stall for a split second. Dash lights all came on for literally a split second and then it was fine after. Today it happened again. This time I had just backed out of a parking spot and was already in drive and going forward when all of a sudden I heard a loud clunk and my car stalled for a second and the dash lights turned on as well. It only lasted a second. Drove off and my car was totally fine after.

      Any ideas as to what these problems could be?

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      dixie 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie, I hear the noise as soon as the engine starts and it continuously ticks, it is not a knocking noise it is a definite tick, the tick gets faster the higher the engine is revved

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dixie,

      When do you hear the ticking noise?

      Hi Bill,

      You may have cracked the transmission housing or damaged the transmission cooler at the bottom of the radiator. I would start by checking the transmission fluid level. Let me know what you find, Thanks Bill.

      Hi Asif,

      That sounds great! Any information you share here is great, especially if you have a unique problem like yours. I'll keep an eye out for your post :)

      Hi Roop,

      Is it cold in your area? A high rpm is not uncommon in cold temperatures. It may have something to do with the throttle body work you had done, but I'm not sure. The clutch issue seems normal, you need to accelerate a little to compensate for the load on the engine or it will stall, but you have been driving it so you would know better than anyone. One thing that make be believe the clutch issue is normal is that you already had it replace and it's still doing the same thing. Let me know if this helps, thanks Roop.

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      Roop 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a 2007 Maruti Suzuki Esteem. Am having the following two issues with my car.

      1) The engine maintains a very high RPM(around 1800) during cold starts for around 10 mins until it reaches it's idle RPM(i.e. 900).

      2) In a plane surface when I only release the clutch without pressing the accelerator the car starts knocking and stalls.

      I had purchased this car in February this year and have already replaced the clutch once as the car had similar problems and I felt that replacing the clutch would solve the issue but it didn't. I also had cleaned the throttle body in a local service center which might be the cause of the RPM issue. Please help.

      Thanks,

      Roop Shankar Majumder

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      Asif Datoo 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I will be tackling 2 things:

      (a) Restrictor in the heater hose: as the internal diameter is smaller compared to the heater hose, it will need checking and cleaning it out.

      (b) Heater Control valve: although it moves freely, it might be full of gunk, either cleaning it out or requiring a new one.

      When I have the results, I will post them here.

      Cheers,

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      Bill Blinky 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I have a Mitsubishi Galant Fortis, Automatic, Year 2007, CY4A Model. My wife drove it over the weekend and in order to avoid an accident she hit a rock and dragged it till the car came to a stop. Afterwards the following day, yesterday, before she started the car I asked if we need to check the car at the garage but she said its fine since she was driving I couldn't tell anything as she was listening to radio. But as I drove it today in the morning I realised its not shifting gears and there was a lot of noise from the engine. Could this be something to do with the gearbox? The car is just revving and not shifting.

      Thanks.

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      Dixie 2 years ago

      I have a 2002 Ford f 150, it started making a ticking noise and I have loss of power when accelerating in speed the thermostat does not move from the cold position. Any advise is greatly appreciated.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Shy, What you saw in the video was bad tires, I wanted you to hear the helicopter noise coming from the wheel bearing, idler arms do not make noise. I'm 99.9 % sure it's a wheel bearing noise. Keep me posted :)

      Hi Asif,

      I would have to say that you're just hearing air bubbles moving through the heater core. That noise is very common on Honda's. I don't think it's anything to worry about at this point if the heat is hot and the engine temp is OK. Let me know if you figure it out, I'm very curious, thanks.

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      Asif Datoo 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thanks for your reply.

      Yes, the heat in the car is perfectly warm/hot. I even purchased Lisle Spill-Free Funnel to remove any trapped air. I used it 3 times, a few air bubbles came out (also topped up the coolant a few days after) but the car has been driven more than 350 km, so I suppose trapped air in not the issue here.

      There are no external leaks and the coolant level is up to the radiator neck, the reservoir is on the limit mark. There is no overheating, no fluctuating temp gauge.

      Thanks.

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      Shy 2 years ago

      I checked out the youtube link , but you can't feel it the way they explain, or at all. There's no shaking. My dad mentioned maybe it being the idler arm pulley, but I don't know what that is yet. I need to research it more. Thanks for you help. If you have any other ideas I would appreciate them! I will keep you updated. Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Asif,

      Do the heat in your car blow warm/hot? Have you ran the coolant through the heater core long enough to remove all the air bubbles? Let me know.

      Hi Shy,

      It sounds like you're describing a wheel bearing noise, if you check out some of my other articles and videos on wheel bearings you'll have a better understanding of what they sound like. There is a link above the comments here on this page called "what is a wheel bearing?". You can also check out another video I made on tire noise vs wheel bearing noise https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPf2ibWgBm8 Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Shy 2 years ago

      I have had a noise coming from my car that suddenly started and has drove me nuts since. I drive a 2010 Honda Civic and recently had regular maintenance and oil change done at Honda. I mentioned the noise but they said everything looks good. It took me awhile to make my husband believe me and for him to notice himself. Most people might not notice the noise because it's not their car, but I can tell a big difference. It used to drive smooth and you couldn't hear anything. Now there is a noise that makes it sound like my car is in D3, but it's not. Another example of what it sounds like is when you're speeding up and the car doesn't shift gears like it should (transmission) but it IS shifting.. the humming noise just kind of covers the sound of the shifting. The transmission, exhaust, tires, etc. checked out fine. When they checked my car I don't think they drove it and that's the only time you actually hear the noise. To me it seems like it's getting louder with time. Sorry, I don't know how to explain any of this well since I know nothing about cars. I am, however, POSITIVE that something is up with my car and it's driving me insane that no one can figure it out. Maybe you have some ideas? Thanks so much for you time!

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      Asif Datoo 2 years ago

      Hi Eddy,

      Recently, I flushed out my radiator and now my car has developed an odd sound. First off, I used the following method when flushing the system out:

      - Cap off

      - Car's front was jacked up and on stands.

      - Ran the car with the heater on

      - Used drain bolt on the block.

      - Refilled with distilled water, start, fill with coolant.

      - Get the air out.

      - Refill with distilled water as needed.

      - Replaced the cap

      Anyways, now the car has a slight bubbling or boiling sound whenever I tip-in on acceleration. I've never heard this type of sound before. I only get the sound right as I press the accelerator and there is a change in load on the engine. Wide open throttle does not reproduce the sound nor can I hear it since the sound isn't ridiculously loud. It's a very faint fast bubbling sound at tip-in throttle only.

      Coolant levels have stayed the same at the same mark I made after bleeding completely.

      I have read on line that there is a restrictor in the heater hose which is often forgotten about if someone disturbs the heater pipes. The restrictor is usually there to prevent damage to the heater core/matrix due to water pump pulsations. Looking at parts catalogue, there is what I believe a plastic orifice which bridges the return hoses. Looking at the engine bay, I do see the return hoses are bridged but not able to see if the plastic orifice is there or a modified "connector" has been put in place to bridge the return hoses. Do you think this plastic orifice is damaged (restricting coolant flow) or it has any other use apart from bridging the return hoses?

      Appreciate your input.

      Thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Josh,

      I would have the inner brake pad checked out, that is where most of the brake pad wear indicators are located and that is where most mechanics forget to look because you can not peek through the wheel to check it. It sounds like a wear indicator, and yes, I know you changed your brakes a year ago, but sometimes pads wear out prematurely. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Josh 2 years ago

      Hi Eddy,

      I have a 2007 For Taurus, I just had a ball joint and tie rod replaced on the driver side of my car.

      The minute I got the car back I started hearing a squeakyish noise coming from the driver side where the parts were replaced. I took the car back and was told it is probably the breaks (which I replaced less then a year ago).

      Then just this morning I took my car to a different shop and asked them to check it out and they could not hear nor find anything wrong with it. The curious thing is when I got the car back this time i swear the noise is even louder.

      I only hear the noise while the car is in motion and when I use the breaks the noise goes away.

      Any thoughts would be helpful, starting to think I am hearing things.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hey Tracy,

      Sorry I didn't see your post, but keep me updated on what your mechanic finds :)

      Hi Cat,

      What kind of noise is it, a squeaking noise or squealing noise? Let me know, thanks.

      Hi Cass

      BTW, that's my daughters name :) Anyways, I recommend having the u-joints lubed first, sometime it will take care of the problem for a while, but eventually you need to have them replaced if that's what's making the noise. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Cass 2 years ago

      Hey quick question... And its tricky, its somthing to do with my drive shaft. When im at a complete stop and start to accelerate theirs a quick sharp squeak or squel that comes from the back end which is why i think its the drive shaft, but im wandering if this just means i need to lube it up or change my transmision fluid. I know the drive shaft is fairly new im just curious befor i take it into a shop. By the way not sure if it helps but it is a 4x4. If u could help i would rlly apreciate it

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      cat 2 years ago

      I have a Kia Spectra 2006 with over 100,000 miles. I have a noise coming from the drivers side when I am stopped at a light or stop sign. It has shuttered a couple of times. I had most of my belts changed less than a year ago but not the timing belt? I was thinking perhaps it was that but I am not sure. It makes some noise but depends if it was a chilly night or not. Not sure what it is to be honest! Thought I would ask! Thanks!

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      Tracy 2 years ago

      Great minds think alike. I have tried that. I think I will get it looked at by the garage. I will let you know how I get on. Thank you.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Veronica,

      I would say that you're on the right track, I thing you're feeling the AC compressor cycling. Keep in mind that a wheel bearing will make noise when driving above 25-35 mph, and usually will not cause a vibration unless it is worn significantly and has play. I would have the AC system checked out and also have the external engine belts looked at, they may need to be adjusted or replaced. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks Veronica.

      Hi Chris,

      If it only started making the noise after the repairs, maybe you got a defective part. The grinding noise may be the water pump bearing and the squealing noise sounds like the belt is slipping. If you had it replaced by a mechanic, bring it back to them, it's possible the part is still under a warranty. Let me know what you find Chris, thanks.

      Hi Penny,

      It sounds like the belts have stretched, (which is normal) and just need to be adjusted. If the mechanic is good, he'll just adjust the belts and not charge you because it should be part of the engine job. If the mechanic adjusted the belts correctly when doing the engine job, it would not have started squeaking after they stretched. Let me know if they charge you and what they say, thanks Penny.

      Hi Tracy,

      The best thing you can do is have someone sit back there and push on things until the noise goes away, at least you'll know exactly where the noise is coming from and then you can figure out a plan of action to fix it. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Tracy 2 years ago

      Thanks for your reply. No, the car doesn't have a sunroof. Cannot fathom it out at all :(

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      Penny 2 years ago

      Hi,

      We have a 2005 Honda Civic LX. A couple months ago, the timing belt failed and destroyed the engine. We ended up replacing the engine with a used one. It has a brand new timing belt and water pump (we have a 6 month warranty on it) and it has been driving well except the past few weeks after starting the car in the morning it makes a loud screeching type noise for a couple minutes. It goes away after the car is warmed up and doesn't make the noise any other time of day. It is very cold here- is this affecting a belt? We have it in the mechanic right now. Any ideas? He says he might have to charge us depending what it is. Grrr!

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      Chris Gore 2 years ago

      My 2002 Toyota 4runner has made a very bad squealing noise and alsmost like a grinding noise ever since I have had the water pump and belts replaced. It usually only does this mostly in cold weather or when its wet and rainy. It never done this before I had these thing replaced. I have adjusted the belts a few times and this never seems to work. Any idea on what I need to have done?

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      Veronica 2 years ago

      I had the same steering wheel shake before and it was supposedly a wheel bearing assembly. But the problem is only occurring with the ac running this time. I'm thinking it may have something to do with the belt chirp I'm constantly hearing.

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      Veronica 2 years ago

      I have a 1998 Plymouth voyager that has a chirp at all times and I notice when the ac runs the steering wheel shakes every min or so while I'm driving. It is more pronounced when hwy driving. What do you think?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tracy,

      Does your daughters car have a sunroof?

      Hi Kasey,

      U-joints make a ticking noise when they dry out and also change pitch with the speed of the wheels. Is there any vibrations on acceleration or in the vehicle when driving?

      Hi DM999,

      Welcome back :) Snow tires would make a very noticeable difference, one other thing to check would be the shocks and struts, if they are leaking or do not pass the bounce test, it could be part of your problem. When you have worn struts and shocks, it's very difficult to keep your car straight while driving on very bumpy surfaces because the wheels keep bouncing around and do not stay in contact with the road. Hope this helps, let me know how thing work out, and let me know if the snow tires make a difference, thanks DM999.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jestin,

      If you look at the u-joints, you should be able to see loose or damaged parts. Look at each boot on the u-joint, if you see any rust, torn boots, or feel any play, this is probably the noise you're looking for.

      Hi Reyna,

      That really sounds weird, especially with no vibration. It's possible one of your CV joints or u-joints are starting to make noise, but I don't have a definitive answer for you. The only thing I can tell you is it has something to do with the rotation of the drive train, which you already know. I recommend keeping an ear on the noise for a few days and see if it changes with the outside temperatures. Keep me posted on what you find.

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      DM999 2 years ago

      Hi again Eddie, thanks for your help earlier. I got another question for you. Every winter, my 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix struggles on snowy/icy roads. I can handle the sliding and control the traction, but the real trouble is when there are piles of compacted snow and/or ice making for a very bumpy road. My car shakes like crazy, steering wheel tries to turn by itself and vibrates very significantly. It feels like it's because the bottom of the car is hitting tall bumps of snow causing the car to "glide" on those bumps (potentially even lifting the wheels up, or at least reducing their traction). It's especially troublesome when the center of the road has a tall pile of freezing snow (since that's where no one's tires make any contact, so snow keeps piling up). And while i am doing all of this at ridiculous 10-15 MPH, other guys in sedans are able to go at least twice faster, seemingly without such problems. I tried going faster in case the built up velocity could help break through the ice smoother, but it did not.

      Is this normal? Any thoughts? I am thinking about getting studded tires to see if that can improve things.

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      Kasey 2 years ago

      my friend has a 05 Mustang and its making a clicking noise in the back and gets repetitively faster and faster as the engine increases in speed in the tire goes around around so what do you think it is like a clicking noise

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      Tracy 2 years ago

      Hi. My daughter has a 2011 Ford Ka which has developed a chirping noise which gets worse the faster the car goes. It seems to come from the area above the rear side window (inside the roof). Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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      Rayna Arendt 2 years ago

      Hey Eddie I have an 06 Pilot and today (Got really cold) it started a popping noise , sounds like its coming from front passenger side and its there as soon as you start moving, after driving for 15 minutes it seems to have died off or gotten really quiet almost to the point of not being able to hear it. went back out an hour later and started it up and its there again as soon as start moving, drove home, 15 minutes later get to town and its non existent. You can't feel anything in the steering, there's no vibration and the popping does change with the speed, again no discernible change in the steering wheel. I thought maybe I got some ice stuck somewhere in the wheel but that's not it. it almost sounds like a wheel bearing but I don't know... what do you think?

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      Jestin 2 years ago

      When Checking the drive shaft you bolts what do I need to look for? If they are loose or missing? How do you tell if they are worn?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jestin,

      The first thing that comes to mind is an exhaust manifold leak. If you don't have any leaks, check your drive shaft U-Joints. Let me know what you find Jestin, thanks.

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      Jestin 2 years ago

      hey eddie,

      I have a 2001 dodge ram 1500 and when i am accelerating hard or going up a hill my truck makes a ticking or sparking noise. Do you have any idea what this might be?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mary,

      I would start by checking the power steering fluid level, that is the most common hum in a Honda. Let me know what you find Mary, thanks.

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      mary540 2 years ago

      Hi,

      My car is a Honda crv 2005 it has a humming noise inside the car. It start 5 min after driving in the morning. it will be there every time you turn on the car during the day even when it is on parking shift it comes and go and the volume changes. I am told may be it is transmission? Can you help?

      Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Evelyn, is the car running? Is it in the front or back? Give me as much detail as possible, thanks.

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      Evelyn 2 years ago

      what if I hear a sound like air coming out near my tires . It sounds like im letting air out my tires but the air cap is on and there is air in my tires. It's on the drivers side.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Adam,

      It sounds like something may be hitting the drive train and vibrating, I say this because you need to be accelerating up hill to hear the noise. I would take a close look under the hood for any loose parts (like the hood prop rod or engine covers).

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      ennasor 2 years ago

      Hi eddie, thanks again for you response, right now ive noticed that when i start or revive the engine the rpm increases that i thinks cause the vibration but gradually decreases in no time

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      Adam 2 years ago

      Hi eddie. I was the one that posted about two months back about the 2004 accord. I just now remembered posting on here and checked it today and you had asked if it was a metal or a plastic sound. I would say that is closer to a plastic flapping sound. Definately not like a metal or grinding sound..

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ennasor,

      A vibration when accelerating is usually caused by a worn inner CV joint, (not an outer CV joint). I would have them checked out and let me know what you find, thanks.

      Hi Glenn,

      Have you checked all the heat shields on the exhaust system? Look at the top heat shields too, not just the bottom ones. Let me know if this is a possibility, thanks.

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      Glenn 2 years ago

      Hi, I have a 2007 Ford Focus 2dr hatchback that starting having a rattle and squeak noise that occurred mostly when it started to rain and lasted a few days afterwards. In the last week or so it started making the noise all of the time, though somewhat intermittent. Doesn't seem to be connected with the suspension at all, as it's not bump related. The noise appears to be located on the passenger side, some place in-between the front seat and back tire. I thought it was something loose on the inside panel, took it apart and nothing. I now think it might be coming from underneath the car. It's also not the emergency brake line, checked that already as it seemed to be a common issue. Any thoughts?

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      ennasor 2 years ago

      Hello again eddie, the vibrations is just while driving, it happens when im accelerating. Thanks for ur response :)

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ennasor,

      The whistling sound may be coming from the transmission but it's hard to tell without hearing the noise. The vibration your getting, is it while you're driving or just while revving the engine in park?

      Hi Jaime,

      Does the noise get louder when you turn the steering wheel or does the noise change when turning the steering wheel? Let me know. If it hums all the time, a good mechanic should be able to pinpoint the noise. Keep in mind that a damaged alternator bearing could make a humming noise as well and the noise will usually change when there is an electrical load like when the rear defroster or headlights are on.

      Hi Jacque

      Stick with your gut on this one. You drove the vehicle, it didn't feel right to you, and you're questioning it. Do not buy it, there are plenty of these vehicle on the road for sale, so check out a few more and test drive them until you find one that feels right to you. That is the best advice I can give you :)

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      Jacque 2 years ago

      Hi,I test drove a used 2003 trailblazer ltz ext and at a little over 60mph,it would pull me to one side and it drove rough and kinda drug up hills. I was always told that that is a transmission problem but the man swore to me That's just how it rides because it is 4wd. It is 4wd but so was my old ls and it never sound like that. It had 220000miles on it and other than that,it ran good. I really liked the car but I wanna know your opinion on what that could be. Thank you so much.

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      Jaime 2 years ago

      Hi,

      I'm writing because I have a 2000 Honda SE that makes a loud humming noise when I make a complete stop & when my car is in park. Please help I already took it to the mechanic & had a few parts changed but the humming continues from the engine.

      -Jaime

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      ennasor 2 years ago

      hello, my car is a 2003 toyota altis, sometimes at the right back of the car while reversing it,has a whistling sound,also there are times that when i accelerate, the RPM is increasing that cause the vibration. my cousin says that the spark plug need a little clean up or a tune up for the car.what you think?thanks

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      ennasor 2 years ago

      hello, my car is a 2003 toyota altis, sometimes at the right back of the car while reversing it,has a whistling sound,also there are times that when i accelerate, the RPM is increasing that cause the vibration. my cousin says that the spark plug need a little clean up or a tune up for the car.what you think?thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jhint,

      It sounds like the wheel hub or bearing is loose causing the wheel to wander, the noise sounds like a wheel bearing noise. Let me know if this helps and keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

      Hi Justin,

      The ticking noise, is it loud, is it consistent, is it a metal sound, is it coming from the engine or the rotation of the wheels, can you video the sound and put it up on YouTube so I can hear it? Let me know, thanks.

      Hi Viera,

      The first thing I would do is change the transmission oil with genuine Honda Manual Transmission Fluid and see it that helps. A clutch will slip before you have trouble shifting gears. Let me know what happens, thanks Viera.

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      Viera 2 years ago

      Hello Eddie

      It's me again. :) So I took my car to have my breaks done couple weeks ago. They also changed the disks (told me they were warped) and my car is not making those funky noised anymore! Now I started to experience problems with my manual transmission. I have a hard time getting it in first gear and sometimes in reverse. Usually in the morning. When the car warms up it gets little better but it's still little stiff, even other gears. Is it a sign of my clutch wearing out or there is also something wrong with my transmission? I know car is old (Honda Civic DX, 2 door, 2000,) but I have to keep it on the road for a little while still. Any ideas? Thank you.

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      Justin White 2 years ago

      Hello,

      I bought my 2013 Honda Civic brand new. Sometimes when I start going from a cold start it will make a clicking noises at 31 mph. Its always the same noise. There is no consistancy on when it happens. It only happens after I start it and drive up to 31mph. It will not do it a second time after I started the car. When I went to the dealer, he loosly said it was the ABS calibrating because it is a manual. For some reason, I don't beleave him. Any ideas?

      Thanks

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      Jhint 2 years ago

      Hello,

      I was driving to class today at about 65-70 mph when my car started pulling all over the road when I started coasting. There was like a winding down sound come from...? I pulled over thinking I had a flat but no. I have 2 nice tires on te back and 2 older ones on the front but there all in good shape. It is a 2002 Ford Explorer and it has about 178000 miles on it. I'm thinking aomething axle related? I'm afraid to drive home! Thanks for the help.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Unique,

      Are you sure it's not a rattle from an exhaust heat shield? Let me know if it sounds like a metal pie plate rattling.

      Hi Rena,

      I recommend still drying it the best you can, and keep a nose in the air. If it starts to get musty, bring it back to the dealership.

      Just keep in mind, a service advisor may lead you to believe something is going to be fine because replacing the carpet is not an easy job. I know how the business works, and it's better to push you off for a few months until it start to get musty, then, maybe another advisor will have to deal with the problem. If it starts to smell, brig it back :)

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      RenaB 2 years ago

      The dealership said I didn't have to vacuum the carpet because it won't get moldy because it's made of some special material...?

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      Unique 2 years ago

      Hi, I started my car up and its making some noise like something is rubbing or scraping against something. When I push the accelerator it gets louder. Do have any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rena,

      That is very possible, I hope you dried the carpet, you don't want it to get moldy because you'll never get the smell out. Thanks for the update Rena, this is good info to share with other readers :)

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      RenaB 2 years ago

      Turned out it was the AC drain tube/pipe was clogged and all the water filled the tube then spilled into the car...it started draining into the passenger side of the cabin! The rushing water sound was just that - water! They recommended that every oil change the mechanic sprays air into the tube to ensure it isn't clogged. He said spiders like to form webs inside and that's usually the culprit of the clog!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Brandi,

      Is the noise like a pie plate scraping or more like a door creaking? It sounds like it's possibly and dry bushing on the sway bar or control arm, but you will need to have it checked to be sure. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

      Hi Adam,

      Thanks for the feedback on the transmission :) and no worries about the miss spellings, English is my first language and I still make a ton of mistakes, lol. As far as the tie rod end being over torqued, it's not possible because of the tapered shaft, the boot is meant to be squished so no worries about being over torqued. The problem is most likely the alignment. When the suspension is out of alignment, the steering will not return to center after taking a corner (toe adjustment) I would have the alignment checked first, and whoever does the alignment, make sure they check the front end for any worn or damaged parts first, also let the mechanic know what your issue is. Keep me posted on what you find Adam, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Fran,

      Yes, you can get it from any auto parts store, and it's called "Silicone spray"

      Hi Rena,

      Your car is still under factory warranty, so I recommend bringing it to the dealership and taking a test drive with the technician so you can point out the noise. It could be something as simple as coolant moving around in the cooling system. Let me know if this helps or if you have more questions, and when you find out the noise, could you let em know what it was? It would be great to have that kind of information on this site, thanks Rena.

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      Adam 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie

      At exactly one year ago you correctly and at a distance pointed out that my 94 toyota RWD needed a tranmission while my local mechanics couldnt single out the problem. And i thank you for that. Now i have a little problem (memory steer) which i believe started after an inner tie rod install. I never saw a mechanic using a torgue wrench here. And while trying to solve the problem i realized lately that one of my outer tie rods was absolutely over torgued because the rubber boot was squashed and almost all the threads are visible from the top. So could an insanely tightened outer tie rod cause this(Memory steer) and if not what else please ?

      Thank you very much for your help and please forgive my writing mistakes as english is my second language thank you.

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      Brandi 2 years ago

      I recently purchased an 05 Chrysler Town & Country. I've noticed a scraping type of noise coming from the front of the vehicle when I drive over bumps or small potholes in the road. I only hear the noise in the morning though. I know very little about car repairs so I thought maybe my tires needed air. Ha. They did but it wasn't the answer to my problem. If you could lend me some advice, I'd appreciate it greatly! Thank you.

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      RenaB 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie!

      I hope you can help me! I have a 2014 Hyundai Elantra (bought it new a few months ago) and I am hearing the sound of rushing water or rushing sand on the left side of the car, passenger front. It sounds like it is coming from the door/under the car. I have no idea what it is! It only happens when I turn left! Let me know if you need more information.

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      FranV 2 years ago

      Ok Eddie ..thank you for the advice & I'm crossing my fingers (& toes) that you may be right.The silicone spray, (that's what it's called?) do I purchase that at an auto store (like Autozone?)

      I will keep you posted! All the best! :)

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Fran, welcome back...and you brought presents :) OK, so I listened to the noise. It sounds like the belt or power steering pump, but it doesn't sound like something is wrong, it's just a noise. One thing you can try to see if the noise changes is; Use some silicone spray on the engine belt or use belt dressing. All you need to do is spray the engine belt while the engine is running, you don't need to use much, just enough to see if the noise changes, if it does change, you'll know it's the belt, if it doesn't, we need to look a little further. Let me know what happens, thanks.

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      FravV 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie, I'm back . So sorry it took a long time to upload the video. In fact I have to do 5 takes. As requested this videos were taken with the hood up & AC on. But it is so weird because after every video that I watch & listen to it from the laptop , I can't hear the hissing noise . But while my son takes the video with the AC on & rotating the steering wheel left & right , the hissing noise is there! Videos were taken after a drive from the freeway while the engine is still hot. As mentioned previously the hissing noise is very audible when I slow down, when engine is running on idle and when I steer the wheel constantly to the right or left .Here are the links , maybe you can hear any hissing noise.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gH2n_VWGGY

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsSs0Vb30Rg

      Thank you for your time.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thank you Patricia :)

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      Patricia 2 years ago

      That was our suspicion as well ... checking on it this weekend, thanks so much for responding ... will definitely let you know ... keep up the fine work! Thanks again ...

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ryan,

      I'm a bit confused, when you open the hood or door, you hear a thumping sound? Is it continuous? Where is the noise coming from? Inside a door? Under the dash? Let me know, thanks.

      Hi Sami,

      Driving on a highway with construction will not wear out the tires quick, I assume the tires were worn and the mechanic just missed it. Driving with bad axles will not ruing struts, and I'm not sure what brand tires you have, but if you research tires on tirerack, you will get some great information about what tires you should buy. Let me know what you decided to do.

      Hi Patricia,

      It sounds like the exhaust heat shield is loose and is vibrating at a certain RPM. I would have someone check the heat shields on the exhaust. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks Patricia.

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      Patricia 2 years ago

      My 1989 Dodge Ram 50 mini truck is now making a metallic rattling as I accelerate to shift gears. Once I shift, the noise goes away until I am close to shifting again. After I am in fourth gear it pretty much disappears. Any thoughts?

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      Sami 2 years ago

      That mechanic had my car for 3 weeks, and I towed it back on a flatbed 160 miles already. I took the car in for an oil leak. The car is literally smoking now when it wasn't before. He had his chances. He said the car wasn't safe to drive, but when I had to get home, car smoking, he said it was. Car not safe enough to drive that far. I would drive to New England to you if I could! Grins. I took it to a mechanic here. He referred me to the dealer, but pointed out the tire wear and the fact that the axles had no name on it. Strangely, when I drove it home from that mechanic, the car was not drifting into another lane. I took my hands off the wheel and car stayed in lane. He must have tightened something. If the car was that much out of alignment, could driving it on a freeway under construction that was so rough my car was dipping and vibrating wear the tires that quickly? Any decent mechanic would have seen the tire wear immediately. Could driving on bad axle replacement damage struts, engine block, etc.? Again, you are awesome. I will take it to tire rack on Monday. Did quite a bit of research on tires already. If I only need to replace the front tires, shouldn't I stick to the same brand? THANK YOU!

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      Ryan 2 years ago

      Hey Eddie,

      I have a 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. When we open the car doors or open the hood, there's a loud thumping sound that lasts for roughly a minute then stops. It sounds like it's coming from the passenger side. Some mechanics say it sounds like it could be an actuator, but I'm skeptical.

      Do you have any idea what it could be?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sami,

      You have a lot going on here and it not just one problem causing all these issues. The floating feeling is the tires with no tread. The clanking noise when braking is probably brake pad shift, which is nothing to worry about. The car pulling after the axles were replace is probably because the mechanic had the front end apart and should have done an alignment after the job. I don't know mechanics in California because I live here in New England :) sorry. If you would like to do research on tires, the best place to get really good information and feedback from customers is tirerack.com.

      My final thought is this: If the car drove fine before the axles were replace and the brakes were done, I would have to say that the mechanic is to blame or has contributed to the issues, big time! I would bring it back to them so they can fix the issues they caused free of charge. Let me know if this helps Sami, and if you have more questions, you know where to find me :)

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      Saminewman 2 years ago

      Question: I just had the axles and brakes replaced on a vigor. The car was handling just fine, great ride, quiet, smooth, and easy to handle. On returning home, I noticed the car nearly floated over a railroad track slightly elevated. Felt almost as if I was losing some control. On returning home after about 150 miles, I noted I could hear the axle clank as I was backing out toward the left--I can hear it turn the entire time I am turning the wheel. Then I hear a squeaking noise such as rubber hitting, even in the steering wheel. Drove car over small speed bump very slowly-5 mph, max, and front end scraped and thudded the road. When driving over cracks in road from construction on freeway, very loud thud-bam. Strange though, when the car is cold, the axle makes full turning sound. After car is driven a bit, the axle noise is reduced or barely audible, if at all. This issue perplexes me. The other issues are still there, however. The car was running well prior to service. I also noted the front tires are worn down the middle strip of the tire. And, no, my tires are not overinflated. I keep them between 30-33 psi. I own Bridgestone tires with proper weight and size. Now I have to replace the tires too. Sigh. Something caused the tires to wear in 400 miles maximum. That is the mileage I drove before noticing tire wear. By the way this mechanic would have noticed severe tire wear when he did the brakes an axle replacement. He did not. I told him...but now he says its the struts, without examining the struts. The brakes also sound squeaky and clunky when I take my foot of the brakes to back out in reverse. Could a bad axle replacement have caused more damage to the suspension? Looking for a terrific technician to help me figure it out. I do not feel safe driving the car. Do you know a good technician in Orange County, ca? Thank for your impressive articles and information. This woman is learning about cars weather she likes it or not. The manufacturer recommends Bridgestone or Yokohama. Read that yokohama's do not handle the wet road well. What would you recommend? The back tires look all right. After axle replacement, car was pulling to the left so fast that I had to steer hard to keep it in lane. Mechanic did not recommend alignment, but that seems like an obvious choice choice now. Anyone know a trusty technician? Thank you for your time and expertise. Looking forward to hearing from you. Regards, sami. :(

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      Sam 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      I tried warming up my car longer than usual and when I did that I didn't hear the noise . Also I do not hear the noise after I shut it off after driving a while . I did also notice sometimes even after it's warmed up and I've been driving a while I hear it just faintly then it goes away... But that's not often

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Good, it's always best to bring it back immediately or asap and take the tech for a ride. Obviously the second shop knew what they were talking about :) Keep me posted on what happens next and what they find, thanks Dakoda.

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      Dakoda 2 years ago

      I did, I took it directly back. He drove it and said it was normal. I called another shop owned by the same people and they told me to bring it in, that it should not be making any noise! Thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dakoda,

      Did you take the mechanic out for a ride to show them the noise?

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      Dakoda 2 years ago

      I just had new front brakes and rotors put on my 99 cavalier. He also informed me that I needed a transmission mount and torque as well as possibly a right motor mount. He replaced the transmission mount and torque for now. My car shook alot when I took it in, with little noise. Now, when I start to drive, it makes very loud roaring noise until I get some speed going. Is this normal? He said it was because everything was tight now, but it sounds horrible, like the car is gonna blow up.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cheryl,

      Sounds good to me, let me know what they find, thanks for the feedback :)

      Hi Daniel,

      It sounds like the rear drums are knocking. (do you have rear drum brakes?) With drum brakes, sometimes the brake shoe will pulled away from the backing plate and snapped back while braking, causing a thumping noise. Where is the noise coming from?

      Hi Sam,

      Glad your're here :) It sounds like the exhaust is heating up and expanding, but I don't know why you would only hear it while driving. If you were to let the car run in the driveway for 15 minutes, could you hear the noise? It's the first 5 minutes of driving, so it's something warming up (metal pipes) and when metal heats up, it makes a crackling noise (little rocks hitting metal) Do you hear the noise when you shut the car off after driving for a while? Let me know, thanks Sam.

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      Sam 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie ! So glad I stumbled upon your thread. My 2011 mazda 3 is making wierd noise , and doesn't do it all the time . It only does it when I am driving it for the first 5 minutes it so, and only does so when I am moving and accelerating. Say I'm driving at 20 mph it does it then and becomes louder if I drive faster , then after 30 seconds or so it won't so it anymore at that speed but will do it at 40mph and above ...then goes away completely . Doesn't do it if I've already been driving around for the day only if I haven't driven it for hours . My mechanic can't find the problem . It sounds like a rock is hitting a piece of metal.

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      Daniel Joy 2 years ago

      Hey Eddie,

      I have a strange issue with my 1998 Dodge Neon 4 cyclinder automatic. When driving during the heavy rain there is heavy, deep knock or rattle coming from the right front passengers side. It doesn't happen all the time, but seems to correlated with the brakes as the sound will usually go away when accelerating but returns when breaking. At times, it will cause the car to vibrate and rev extremely high. We took it to a mechanic who changed the spark plugs and wires and this seems to have stopped the car from revving high but the knock/rattle is still happening. Unsure of how to proceed. Thanks for your time.

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      Cheryl Proulx 2 years ago

      Thanks for the tidbit of info...I will now suggest that they look at my cv joint.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks, Have the hood open and the AC running, I want to see if the compressor is causing a strain on the belt causing the chirp or if it's something else.

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      Fran V 2 years ago

      I sure can Eddie. I will keep you posted. Thank you for your quick response. :)

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Fran,

      It sounds like the belt is making noise when the AC compressor comes on. Can you do one more long video with the hood up, AC on, and point the camera towards the engine, possibly at the belts? I don't want to be a pain but it really sounds like the belt when the compressor comes on and I want to be sure. Let me know if this is possible, thanks Fran.

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      FranV 2 years ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Sorry for the late post. Here are the links that you requested.

      Either you turn on the volume of your computer to its maximum level or use earphones to hear the hissing/chirping noise . Thank you for your time. :)

      1.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqjLZeNzBAQ

      2.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dgxzbg7mN80

      Kind regards,

      FranV

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      Eddie Carrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire

      OK Fran, sounds good.

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      FranV 2 years ago

      I certainly can. I'm not that techie..I'll have someone upload it for me. I'll keep you posted and send you the link. :)

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