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

Updated on January 26, 2019
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Eddie spent 35 years in the automotive business with Honda. He is an ASE Certified Master Technician and has bruised knuckles to prove it.

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

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

Common Car Noises and Their Likely Causes

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

1. Clicking Noise While Turning

Probable Cause: Failed outer CV joint

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

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

What Are CV Joints?

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

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

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

How to Fix It

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

Noise From the CV Joint When Turning

2. Water Pump Noises

Probable Cause: Failed water pump

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

How to Verify the Sound Is Coming From Water Pump

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

Replacing It

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

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

Great Example of a Water Pump Noise

Using a Screwdriver Like a Stethoscope

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

3. Squeak or Squeal From an Engine Belt

Probable Cause: Dry, cracked, or loose engine belt (just needs to be replaced)

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

Does Belt Dressing Work?

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

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

What May Cause an Engine Belt to Squeak or Squeal

4. Exhaust Heat Shield Noises

Probable Cause: Damaged heat shield

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

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

How to Fix It

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

Exhaust Heat Shield Rattle

A Car-Buying Secret

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

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

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

Ask Someone About Your Noise

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

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

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More by Eddie Carrara on Car Noises

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

Bonus Noise: Scraping Noise From Wheel

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

Questions & Answers

  • I am hearing a faint whining noise when my car is stopped. I don't hear the sound as I am coming to a stop; I only hear it when fully stopped with my foot on the brake. Once I take my foot off the brake and accelerate, it goes away. What could be causing it?

    I recommend checking the power steering fluid level; it sounds like it may be low.

  • I have a 04 Impala LS 3.8lt auto, it has developed front end noise on the passenger side, only when turning right. It sounds like a metal clattering noise to me. Turning the s-wheel to right while driving or bumping the s-wheel to right, bing bing bing, like broken spokes hitting metal, is my best guess to describe the sound. Replaced front struts, cv axles, motor mounts, but still have the same noise. Do you have any advice?

    Are you sure this noise is not coming from the brake area? It is possible your rotor backing plate is touching the rotor or maybe there is a rock stuck between the backing plate and rotor.

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

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

  • My jeep patriot is making a low noise around 30mph. It almost sounds like the noise a ceiling fan makes. It doesn't do it while I'm sitting at a light or when I'm going any faster than 30 mph. Any Ideas?

    Possible wheel bearing or tire noise? Check the tire wear first, make sure it's even.

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      Cathy Holmes 

      4 hours ago

      I have a 2006 Volkswagen Getta when driving feels like someone tap you from back and you have to press gas pattle to make you drive faster so no one hits you from back happens all of sudden. Engine light never come on.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ann,

      Usually, the exhaust heat shields become loose and rattle around, I recommend looking at all of those first.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jen,

      If you're still interested in how to send me the video, you can find a link near my photo at the top of the page to send me an email. Sorry for the late reply :(

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Aznlm,

      Sorry for the late reply. Yes, always get a second opinion especially when you bring it to be diagnosed and it clearly has a problem they don't what to fix, this shop just wants you to spend more money then you need to. What if the fuel pump is the problem and they put in a new engine in the vehicle and it still has the same problem? They would call you and say the fuel pump shit the bed because it sat for too long without being driven and charge you for the fuel pump too lol. Definitely get a second opinion if you haven't yet. Keep me posted on what you decide to do, thanks.

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      aznlm2003 

      11 days ago

      Hi There,

      I have a 2011 Chevy Traverse with high mileage. It was in the shop because the engine light came on and it was slow when starting and also heard a knocking sound coming from the engine. The mechanic couldn't find a code for the light and couldn't find anything wrong. I went to pick it up and it was obvious it was still slow to start and the noise coming from the engine was louder as it press the gas. The owner said it was my engine that it was on its last leg. I drove it a few miles then it died and wouldn't start. It finally started but immediately dies. The mechanic looked at it and heard it when I was trying to start it and he says the engine is shot and I need to replace it. Cost is about $7500. How can they diagnose just from listening to it? Should I get a second opinion?

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      JenJen01 

      12 days ago

      Hi there I have a Lexus gx430 that when I drive slow speeds like 20 miles and hour withOUT breaking I hear a super loud metal spinning noise coming from the driver back rear so bad people turn and look at me lol. I have listened to your other videos of a rotor scraping and it doesn’t sound like that 100 percent. I took a video of the sound it makes I’m not sure how I can get it to you. It’s driving me nuts and I have about 175,000 miles on it. Don’t know if that helps. Please help me!

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      Ann 

      12 days ago

      Hi. I don’t have a comment but I have a question. We have a 2007 Chevy HHR and when husband starts it up and goes into reverse fir a few seconds I can hear a chiming noise. Sounds like wind chimes a little or spoons clinking together

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Davey,

      Try removing the fuel cap when you start to hear this noise, it may be pressure building up in the fuel tank and leaking out slowly. Let me know if this helps.

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      daveyS 

      3 weeks ago

      I have a question rather than a comment. my 2003 Ford Crown Vic has a strange condition. When car is not running, key removed, car will begin what sounds like an air compressor noise. May last 20 to 45 seconds. Dealer claims no knowledge, and, of course, it doesn't act up at the dealer. Any solution? Thaanks

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amiaaa,

      It sounds like you may have an exhaust leak. I recommend having some one inspect the exhaust system for any leaks, if everything looks ok you'll need to do a little more investigating, but the exhaust is a good place to start and it is very common for them to leak in older cars.

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      Amiaaa 

      4 weeks ago from Houston, Tx

      Goodmorning, my car sounds different but i dont have a check engine light on ive had it for a couple months now and i just got my breaks fixed and got a oil change. My car starts up okay but just how it sounds just sitting there doesnt sound the same the engine sounds different. More louder. They way it runs. Idk much about cars but i just know it doesnt sound how it use to when i first got it . It also hesitates to start every once in a while . But not often. Its a 2006 chevy cobalt 2 door . And i speed alooot . I wonder if i did something to it over time.

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      Wanda 

      4 weeks ago

      I have a 2014 Ford Escape when driving slow there is a tinny rattling noise it’s not the heat shield and I had the brakes checked all good

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Julian,

      It sounds like maybe your brake pads are worn to the wear indicators so I recommend you start by checking the brake pad thickness at each wheel, especially the inner brake pads because that is the most common placement for the wear indicators.

      Keep working hard, keep learning, and never give up Julian, it sounds like you have a positive attitude, even for the struggles you're going through. I wish you well, and if I can answer any other questions you have, you know where to find me. God Bless!

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      Crustybucket 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi my name is julian, i live out of a 1995 dodge caravan se. I apologize in advance for the misspelings and improper grammer. i have major dislexia, and will try my best. My beautiful van will make sqealing noises when i am cruzing, it will continue when i accselorate but stop when i put on the breaks. I dont know what it is. It could be anything from the timming belt(wich i very much hope its not since that was the death of my first car that i lived out of since i was 18) to wheel bearings. I fear its gonna turn into something huge and since i am homless i dont have the kind of money to afford costly repairs, i do have a steady job in a kitchen so i can do what i can with repairs though. I dont know that much about vars but i learn a little bit now and again when my van has a problem. I just put more oil in it and drove it around for a bit even turned the AC off and put on the heat suspecting it may be the serpentine belt (but i know its probably not that since i just replaced that about 5-6 months ago) my van had about 60,000 miles on it when i bought her 2 years ago and now she has 100831 miles and growing fast since i drive everywhere and street perform. I am very worried something seriouse may be coming up and cant imagine a life without my van, i do not want to go back to sleeping in allyways again so i will do anything to get her fixed up good.

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      Crustybucket 

      4 weeks ago

      My 1995 dodge caravan se will make a squeeking noise when it is cruzing i have no clue if it is a timeing belt problem to a wheel berring problem i do not know a lot about cars and i am homless living in this van, its all i have i have a job so i can make repairs as long as they are not expensive so if its the timing belt im scared im fresh out of luck. I just dont know what to do, i fear its gonna be a serious problem i just put more oil in in it and drove it around for a bit even turning off the ac (wich i expected not to be the problem because i replaced the serpemtine belt 5 months ago) but still the noise is there, i just dont know what im going to do if this van breaks down i will be on the streets again and not have a place to live im so sick of sleeping in allyways i will do anything to get my van fixed.

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      chris 

      5 weeks ago

      fitted new exhaust to my astra h vxr its deffently not lose or hitting the sides got a noise when going over every little bump.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Emmy,

      Without hearing the noise I'm totally guessing, but it sounds to me like you're describing an input shaft bearing inside the transmission.

      When do you hear the clicking noise?

      Check the clutch fluid reservoir, make sure it's topped off. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Natasha 

      7 weeks ago

      I just Bought a used 2018 Ford Explorer. The tires have been recently changed. It just started making a noise when I turn right. Also I noticed a squeal in the engine when I first turn it off.

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      Emmy7634 

      7 weeks ago

      Hi i have a vauxhall astra 12 plate.. and ive been driving and its making a strange noise when im driving slow like a toy electic car when im in firat and second gear amd third make a grinding noise when im driving faster? Today its started to make a clicking noise and my clutch pedal seemed to be a bit slacker what do you reckon it could be? Dont really know much about cars.

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      Gary 

      7 weeks ago

      this is Gary again honda 2004 accord. The noise sounds like a power steering pump knocking or a clicking noise.No whining noise. from 750 rpm to 2000 the noise will change A LITTLE but same semi loud ,annoying clicking. Thanks Gary Happy 4th of July Eddie!

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      Gary 

      7 weeks ago

      I have a Honda 2004 accord . thought the noise was the steering pump .i replaced the pump ,had the wrong power steering fluid. Noise is still there. Water pump was replaced along with timing belt 4500 miles ago. Only time there is a noise is when RPM's are below 2000. Noise disappeared on one day 20 miles .Next dayat start up its back but not above 2000 RPM again like usual. NO fluid leak. Help Please! Already have another honda in the shop and another honda waiting for a Cat, my boys car ! Gary Thanks for the help!!

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Glen,

      Does the truck have hub caps? Did you check the suspension where maybe a rock is caught in the suspension like a spring perch or maybe on top of a control arm?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chloe,

      The squeak is most likely an external engine belt, the thud could be something loose or broken in the suspension and should be checked out.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Betty,

      Maybe the lift pistons? Is it a power lift? It is still under warranty so if the noise persists, have them check it on your first oil change or sooner.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Adam,

      Have the wheel bearings checked, most likely one of your's is making noise.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kiley,

      It sounds like you were low on freon and now you're out. I recommend you have the AC system checked for leaks, repair it and evacuate and recharge the system.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi C,

      I recommend you start by checking the exhaust heat shields for any loose or rusted parts, if everything looks good, maybe a torque converter?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Adem,

      I recommend you have the exhaust heat shields checked for any rusted or loose parts to start. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Abbie,

      I recommend checking the exhaust clearance in the rear of the vehicle between the exhaust and body. The engine tends to run at a higher rpm when warming up and the vibration is slightly different during this period so maybe the exhaust is touching the undercarriage at this time. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cathy,

      We have seen quite a few water pumps fail on those years and models, it may be a long shot but it may be worth spending the money. It is an external water pump so the cost isn't too bad, parts and labor. keep me posted on what you decide to do, thanks.

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      Cathy Glazer 

      7 weeks ago

      I have a 2014 Honda CRV that is making a squeaking noise every so often after the car is warmed up. It makes it driving, in idle and without the heat or air conditioner on. It isn't related to going over bumps. My Honda dealer replaced the Serpentine Belt and the pulley. He doesn't know what the noise is and says he can't diagnosis it because it isn't making the squeak for long enough. Any recommendations?

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      Abbie 

      7 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Glad I found this forum. I have a 2008 Toyota Sienna LE and have been experiencing very loud popping noises from the back end. This only happens when I am backing up early in the morning, whether if it's cold/warm, there are 3-4 loud noises. The noise doesn't come back if I try to replicate it again. It's definitely not the brakes as the noise normally happens as soon as I put the vehicle in reverse and it continues to happen even when I have already applied the brakes and not moving at all. Any ideas? Thanks!

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      Adem 

      7 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thank you for your useful article. I have Toyota Yaris 2016 sedan. Recently I noticed that sometimes when started my car engine and slowly begin to move suddenly a rattling sound is coming from somewhere which disturbs not only me but others. This is happening specifically when I start my car at a hot weather when the temperature is above 40 degrees Celsius. What could be the reason for this.

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      7 weeks ago

      I have a 2018 VW Golf. When I put my foot on the gas going at around 50km/h and rpm around 1300-1400, the engine makes a loud growling noise (like an airplane) and steering wheel shakes a bit. What could be the problem?

      Thanks,

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      Kiley Miller 

      8 weeks ago

      2010 Honda Civic. I notice a few weeks ago my ac would start blowing warm air when idling and when I would start to accelerate it would get cool again. Now it’s blowing hot air all the time. And now my car is making a rattling noise. It does it with the ac on and without it on. What do you think could be the issue?

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      Adamcockburn 

      2 months ago

      Citron xsara hdi 2.0 hatchback 2003 loud huming from engine or front gets loud at 40 mph

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      Betty 

      2 months ago

      My 2019 Highlander is making a strange noise when the trunk is raising and closing . Just started today. Any clues as to what this is?

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      Chloe Smith 

      2 months ago

      I have a holden astra 1997 model car sometimes when im driving the car makes a loud squealing sound people can hear when i stop at traffic lights it doesnt happen all the time its starts of slient sound then goes loud n louder?, Also my left front car area makes a thud sound everytime i drive it...? Please reply me back to my email address i wont be checking this website for your advice

      cloe.rose94@gmail.com

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      Glen 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2010 Chevy truck. It has developed a rattling noise that sounds like the end plastic on a wire hitting a metal shield or like something in a clothes dryer. It happens at different speeds and at lower speeds on very windy days. I have crawled under the whole length of the truck and can’t find any loose heat shields or wires. I am at a loss

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Denise,

      Maybe the power steering pump? Check your power steering fluid level and top it off if it's low and see if the noise goes away.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alan,

      Can you describe the noise?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lois,

      Do you hear this when the car is moving? What speed if so? Any more information you can share?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mildred,

      Sounds like maybe one of your sway bar links is broken and is hitting the underside of your vehicle. I recommend you get all of them checked and replace what is needed.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jason,

      You could have rusted rotors and the brake pads are touching the rotors lightly until you apply the brakes.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joe,

      Low oil, low oil pressure, bad oil filter. I recommend you check all 3. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      joe 

      2 months ago

      i have a 2019 nissan rogue after setting for a couple of days when you start it it rattles in the engine for a few seconds then after that you can start it and it dosnt do it what could it be?

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      Jason 

      2 months ago

      What could be making a knocking noise from front passenger side break it makes a knocking sound when I'm moving when I press on the break goes away any help would be much appreciated thanks

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      MILDRED CAUFIELD 

      2 months ago

      I have a 2005 honda element with 40 k miles. First i heard a click noise turning left. Then I experience on n off a loud noise coming from undercarriage very large rocks hitting center underneath. The whole cars body creeeks even just getting in n out of car. Water pump replaced by honda. Heat sheild repared privately. But still carriage creek noise continues and when driving slow or just a applying brake the loud bang happens occasially. Scarry..theres no debris on road.

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      Lois Swan 

      2 months ago

      My car makes a metallic ticking noise intermittently. when I put on the brakes it stops. no warning lights. it’s a 2015 Elantra with 74,000 miles.

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      Alan 

      2 months ago

      I have vw Lt 35 2.5 diesel wen you start it up it is noisy what can it be

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      Denise 

      2 months ago

      After driving awhile a loud humming comes from either sterring wheel or engine what do you think it is

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      Eddy muwanguzi 

      2 months ago

      My toyota ipsum picnic makes noise between the speed of 40 and 60 and it disappears beyond 60..what could be the problem

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      Suze 

      2 months ago

      I’m buying a Honda Civic 2012 when you start it it makes a funny sound but goes away I think it may be the starter but mechanic said that it was replaced with a non Honda standard and just makes that sound

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Danielle,

      I recommend having your suspension checked out for any loose or damaged parts. I also recommend having the tires balanced for the vibration, at the same time the mechanic can inspect the tire condition.

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      Danielle Jones 

      2 months ago

      at 40 miles an hour starts shaking really bad like a front end shaking and it's a crunchy noise to a quick phone call any bumps I hit bumps make a clunking noise and it's 40 miles an hour and it's a 2009 Hyundai Accent

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pete,

      If you hear the noise inside the vehicle, the noise may be coming from the blower motor fan. Sometimes debris gets caught in the fan and can make a ticking noise.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jim,

      Depending on the type of cooling fan the engine has, it may be your noise.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Maurice,

      Not anything specific on Volvo but if you have a question about a problem you're having I may be able to answer it for you.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Noftall,

      It's possible you have a tensioner or baring noise and you only hear it on startup because the engine has been sitting and it's cold.

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      A noftall 

      2 months ago

      I have 2009 Toyota Corolla it only makes this weird rattle under the hood when starting. It's gone as quick as it came there but the noise drives me nuts??? Have any answers please

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      Maurice Glaude 

      3 months ago from Mobile, AL

      Saving this! Finally found something useful to help diagnose those sounds at home that our cars make. I will keep reading through your articles to see if you have tips on Volvos.

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      Jim N 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2006 Dodge Grand Cherokee with 130K miles. When after driving on the highway and transitioning to a lower speed, it sounds like something is still running/spinning at a high speed based on the whine noise we hear. It takes a few minutes at a lower speed before it disappears. My guess is a pump or something but no idea where to start.

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      Pete i999 

      3 months ago

      My 06 escape 2.3 4 cyl makes a tapping nose when ac or heat turned on sounds like engine but turn it off goes away

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steve,

      Check any loose underbody splash shields, plastic bumper covers, plastic rocker panels, mudguards, etc.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Trevor,

      The crunching noise sounds like maybe a steering rack, the wobble is either bald or extremely worn tires or a bent rim. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Trevor 

      3 months ago

      My 2004 Saturn Ion makes crunching noises when I turn the wheel parked. It also wobbles when I drive it. Any ideas to what could be wrong?

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      Steve Procuk 

      3 months ago

      My 2012 Cadillac CTS gets a flapping sound at speeds of 70 plus. Everything seems normal. No sounds at normal speeds. What could be the cause?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Wendy,

      It's possible the mechanic bent a rotor backing plate and it is occasionally touching the rotor. If you keep hearing the noise I recommend bringing it back to have them check out. Let me know what you find, thanks :)

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      Wendy L Warren 

      3 months ago

      Hi I just had both motor mounts on engine replaced on my 02 mercedes ml320, the night i picked it up from shop when backing out of my paved driveway , I heard a noise like rocks being tumbled. lasted about 10 seconds. two days later the same noise as I was getting on freeway, lasting about 10 seconds.

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      Amanda 

      3 months ago

      Cambelt changed now runs like a tractor why would this be?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mary Lou,

      Sometimes the cooling fans can make a loud noise at cold startup.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Betty,

      Can you describe the noise and what conditions the car is in beside the rain? Are you driving, what speed, turning, braking, etc???

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sandra,

      Did you check your exhaust system heatshields?

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      Sandra 

      3 months ago

      I have a ton total hilux. Intermittent rattle up the front of the engine

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      Betty 

      3 months ago

      I have a 04 toyato corolla s when it rain it makes a loud sound it only does it when it rain

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      Rajesh 

      3 months ago

      Im having Hyundai verna diesel engine car which now making clucking sound comes in front wheel on driver side. It comes only when driving a long distance and while applying brakes alone clucking sound is coming but resting the car and driving in next day no sound it comes. It comes only continuous driving

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      Baker Perry 

      3 months ago

      Hi

      I have a Toyota Vista 4SFE and I am experiencing a grinding sound when I raise idle or sometimes it comes on while idling. I have video I can share as well. I replaced tension or and belt pulley plus isolating steering pump and alternator but still having this issue.

      Please help.

      B

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      Mary Lou 

      3 months ago

      When I started my brand new dodge caravan in the morning the engine noise was much louder and sounded like a roar. what causes that?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Anthony,

      You could try spraying a little WD-40 on the engine belt while the engine is running, just a very little tho, you just want to see if the noise changes. Also, check the serpentine belt, make sure all the ribs on the belt are centered on each pulley. Check to see if the noise disappears when switching on the AC or an electrical load like the rear defogger. It sounds like the serpentine belt may be your problem, but I'm assuming they replaced it when replacing the timing belt tho. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jmbhawk,

      Sounds more like a mount of some sort, either a transmission, engine, or exhaust mount. Let me know if this helps or if you have more questions.

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      Jmbhawk 

      3 months ago

      My daughters car makes a loud vibration sound at idle coming from the front passenger side. It goes away when in neutral or wgile driving. It also goes away when you press down on the floor board on the passenger side. From what you have described it could be a heat shield but you can't really hear the noise from outside the car? Any ideas?

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      Anthony 

      3 months ago

      G’day Eddie,

      I have an Audi 2011 S3 automatic.

      I’m hearing kind of a squeaking squirling noise when the car is idling and only when I’m accelerating slightly from stationery position and then after about 1,500 revs it’s gone...

      It also makes the same noise at the end when I switch the engine off...

      But the noise comes and goes, it’s not always there and happening every time I accelerate and switch off the car or on.

      It also seems to be more prominent when it’s warm or hot after a good drive.

      Very rarely hear it when starting the car first thing in the morning when it’s cold.

      Can’t hear it around the timing belt area, drive belt and water pump area. That was all done just recently.

      New battery.

      New tyres.

      Transmission oil & filter done not so long ago.

      Haldex oil done.

      Low pressure fuel pump done.

      There’s enough brake pads left.

      Coming from underneath the car..

      Anything come to mind what it could be?

      It’s not always there so it’s hard to identify...

      Car seems to be running very well otherwise but I’m very fussy

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Did this happen after the brake job?

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      Jeep Cherokee. 2015 

      3 months ago

      It’s making an ominous sound until 40 then normal. New brakes, fluids, oil change within a month. Noise is like a rubbing? Not knocking or squeaky. It’s only 66,000 miles.

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      Shirley 

      4 months ago

      Hi, l have a Nissan micra.

      After a very heavy downpour , when l started the car , the fan seemed to be on all the time , which has never happened before .

      Why and should l worry ?

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      Kamal 

      4 months ago

      2001 Lexus LS 430. Just replaced all rotors and brake pads. Makes kind scraping noise when braking 10-15 mph. Thank you

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      Denise 

      4 months ago

      I have a HHR CHEVROLET 2007 my car makes a really loud knocking noise and it will shut off on me some times when I have to stop at a stop sign. The noise never goes away while driving . It started when my oil ran out n I didn't know it did so I was driving it for a month til oil was put in but once the oil got put in the noise started n so did the car shutting off. But the car still runs and it didn't blow up nor does the car smoke at all . I haven't been driving it but I don't know what is wrong and I don't have a lot of money so I'm trying to figure out what the problem is and how much it's going to cost me. Hopefully not an arm n a leg. . please help

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bonnie,

      I recommend you have the AC engine belt checked and either replaced or tightened. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Bonnie 

      4 months ago

      I have a 2010 jeep grand cherokee laredo 6cyc. When i turn on ac loud squelling. Ac still cools great. But scared to use because dont want to mess something yp

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Vicky,

      A belt makes a squeaking sound. Do you only hear it when the car is moving? Do you only hear it when parked and the engine running? Give me some details of when you hear it, moving, stopped, turning, accelerating, braking, going over bumps, etc...

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      Vick 

      4 months ago

      I have a 2006 Chevy Aveo and my car is making a noise that I can't explain. My daughter says that it sounds like a belt. The noise mostly sounds like it's coming from the right side of my car.Can you give me an idea what it might be.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Christene,

      Can you describe the noise? Is it a grinding noise, an exhaust noise, rumbling, scraping, dragging, etc? Do you only hear it when moving or can you hear it when revving the engine with the trans in neutral?

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      Christene 

      4 months ago

      I have a Jeep Patriot 2009 it has a load whining noise when it is travelling and under load and when you push the clutch in the noise goes. What could be the problem I will have it and you

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      Alex 

      4 months ago

      I have 2000 E430 4matic sounds come from underneath the vehicle only when parked and its idling not when accelerate.

      I just change all rotors and pads. Its rattle sound like some thing torching to body. I already checked heat shield, all good. Please advise

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      BAXTER mcdowell 

      4 months ago

      I hear a high pitch whining noise after IV switched engine off this doesn't stop till the battery runs dead or I disconnect the battery

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      alex easton 

      4 months ago

      rattle noise when slowing down and coming to stop...approximately 30 MPH and lower...is it a loose heat shield maybe?

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      Steven Boomgaarn 

      4 months ago

      I have a noise coming from the front driver side of my 2000 ford focus it only does it when i give it gas to get up to speed then it goes away after it shifts into next gear then comes back only does it when car is moving i can put car in gear and give it gas with my foot on the brake and it wont do it i would really like to know what this issue is thank you

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      Nick 

      4 months ago

      My car makes a sound when in drive that sounds like something is unbalanced. The sound was happening before i replaced the brake calipers, pads, rotors as well as had all the tires replaced because of a pothole.. I tis like metal rubbing but only when the car is moving forward.

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      Jacqueline 

      4 months ago

      Hi my car makes a creaking noise on front passenger side few have said drivers shaft but it’s only at slow speed

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      Jeff simpson 

      4 months ago

      My 2014 Acura MDX went to dealer 5 times they always say that’s the way it runs I have a vibration between 25 -45 Mph now it happen around 55-70 mph also sounds like a gear shifting not shifting properly more so going in and out of 3rd gear any suggestions

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