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Four Common Car Noises

Updated on November 16, 2016
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33 years in the automotive business, Honda, ASE certified master technician. Willing to spill my guts about everything I have learned.

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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      Abeer 11 hours ago

      Can you plz help me

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      Puneet 7 days ago

      I own honda accord 2008 automatic. Recently have started noticing a rubbing/cranking kind of sound when accelerating around 20-30 mph. This sound is very similar to one which we hear in a manual model while changing gear and gear getting stuck between two positions.

      What could be possible cause of this noise?

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      Eddie Carrara 11 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Matt,

      That's great news, no money involved lol. If rim size doesn't matter to you, I recommend just installing rims that are the same size as the OEM rims. The heat shield can be fixed if you install a large hose clamp around the entire heat shield, you can pick one up at any auto parts store.

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      Matthew Daniel 12 days ago

      Thanks Eddie!

      I got under there and on the outer and inner edge of the rims I am getting rubbing. They aren't stock, but came on the truck when I bought it. Relieved I won't have to replace a CV joint or something. Do I just need bigger rims? Side note.. I had a rattling too, I think its a heat shield issue, I thought I found the one and tried to get some clearance, but it's still happening. Any suggestions on how to stop the rattling?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Victoria,

      Yes, it is possible for the noises to change drastically when temperatures change.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Matt,

      Sorry so late with my reply. Have you looked at the wheel well area for any rub marks from the tire or maybe anything loose that could hit the tire during those conditions? The other thing to look at is if the caliper is hitting the rust ridge on the rotor or the rotor is hitting the backing plate. When the steering wheel is turned that sharp, the rotors do flex and can hit in these spots. I recommend removing the wheel and caliper and inspect for any shiny spots or areas that show contact. Check the clearance between the backing plate and rotor, there should be about 1/4" for good measure. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Victoria 2 weeks ago

      Do bad struts tend to be way noisy in high temperatures and completly quiet when it's cold?

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      Matthew Daniel 3 weeks ago

      2011 Silverado - ONLY when I turn the wheels as far right as they can go, I hear what sounds like a metal on metal grand and can feel it through the wheel. As soon as I move it a quarter inch back it stops. So far I thought CV joint, but it doesn't click or rattle or grind any other time. This happens at any speed. Almost sounds and feels like the grinding when the breaks are way gone, but only happens on the maximum right turn.

      Thanks for any help!

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      Maryanne 5 weeks ago

      I have a squeaking noise that usually occurs when the car is first started in the morning. Took it to a reputable mechanic. Left it overnight. He started it the next day and heard the same noise. Replaced Tensioner, (I have a 2006 Hyundai Azera), the Belt and Water Pump. Car sounded great after this but only for 1 day. Next day - same sound - even worse and louder than before. Just took it back to same mechanic. Took whole car apart and can't locate the origin of the sound. Told me to take it to a Hyundai dealership mechanic - to see if they could diagnose the problem.

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      R. Smith 5 weeks ago

      2001 toyota avalon has a repetitive tapping noise even when all the power to the car is turned off. Most recent work was replacing the car's battery.???

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      Michael 7 weeks ago

      Hi I had my V8 tuned over a week ago and it has starting making this loud grinding noise as I go up and down hills

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      What does the noise sound like? Can you give me some type of description? Is it a rubbing noise, metal dragging noise, clicking noise, etc...

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      strat2017 7 weeks ago

      Hi,

      I have a 2001 Toyota RAV 4 with 100k miles. I hear a noise at the front passenger side of the car every time i press on the gas at 20-30 mph. what could be the problem. thank you!

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      Kevin 2 months 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 months 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 months 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 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months 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!! 2 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months 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. 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

      I need help with my matrix

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      OK Shaliza, what's the problem?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months 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 3 months ago

      I have a matrix and I have a problem

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      Melissa Flagg OSC 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

      Thanks for your quick reply

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      Kymberly hunsaker 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steve,

      What is the year make and model of your vehicle?

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      Steve 4 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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. 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 months ago

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

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      al 5 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 5 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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      5 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago

      2010 ford focus sounds like I have mud tires on it

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      Ford 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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?