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Four Common Car Noises

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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eddiecarrara 15 hours ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Levi,

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

Hi Seth,

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


Seth 41 hours ago

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


Levi 2 days ago

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


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eddiecarrara 5 days ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Richard,

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

Hi Theresa,

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

Hi Tess,

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


Tess Arzadon 7 days ago

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


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eddiecarrara 7 days ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Madmobn,

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

Hi Sean,

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


theresa 9 days ago

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


Richard 11 days ago

Hi there

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


Sean 2 weeks ago

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


madmobn 2 weeks ago

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

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


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eddiecarrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Sharon,

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


Sharon 3 weeks ago

Hi

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

Sharon


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eddiecarrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Peter,

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

Hey Madmobn,

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


madmobn 3 weeks ago

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


Peter B 3 weeks ago

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


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eddiecarrara 3 weeks ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Peter,

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


Peter B 4 weeks ago

Hi there, just need a little help.

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

Peter


DaveTheBari 6 weeks ago

Hi.

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

Any thoughts?


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eddiecarrara 6 weeks ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Peri,

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


peri 6 weeks ago

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


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eddiecarrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi MVU,

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

Hi Mayanne,

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


Mayanna 7 weeks ago

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


mvu 7 weeks ago

Good day

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

Your assistance in this regard will be very much appreciated.

Thanks and kind regards


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eddiecarrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Forrestine,

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

Hi Sinette,

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

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


Robert 7 weeks ago

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


Nancy 7 weeks ago

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

Any thoughts?


Robert 8 weeks ago

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


Robert 8 weeks ago

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


sinette 2 months ago

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


Forrestine Williams 2 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Sharon,

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


Sharon 2 months ago

Hey, Eddie

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


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eddiecarrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Ryan,

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

Hi Kerry,

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

Hi Dayanithi,

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


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eddiecarrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Chris,

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


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eddiecarrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Brett,

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


Dayanithi D 2 months ago

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

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

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


KERRY MENDER 2 months ago

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

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


ryan 2 months ago

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

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


Chris 2 months ago

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


Brett 2 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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


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eddiecarrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Amber,

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


Amber 2 months ago

Hi,

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


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eddiecarrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Randy,

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

Hi Joyce,

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

Hi Dawn,

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

Hi Carson,

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

Hi O,

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


2 months ago

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

I have no clue


Carson 2 months ago

Hi Eddie!

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

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


dawn1979 2 months ago

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


Joyce M Smith 2 months ago

Hi,

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

Thank You

Joyce


Randy 2 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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


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eddiecarrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Dee,

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


Dee 2 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Kate,

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


Kate 2 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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


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eddiecarrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Kelsey,

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

Hi Chris,

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

Hi Motsa,

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

Hi Cesia,

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


Cesia 3 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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


Motsa 3 months ago

Hi Eddie

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

Please Help


chris 3 months ago

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


Kelsey 3 months ago

Hi Eddie :)

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

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

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

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

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


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eddiecarrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Kathy,

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

Hi Glen,

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

Hi Athelia ,

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


Athelia 3 months ago

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

I am stumped


Glen 3 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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


Kathy 3 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Sara Brown,

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

Hi Andy,

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

Hi Mellania,

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

Hi Vishadow29,

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

Hi Victoria,

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


victoria 3 months ago

Hello,

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


Vishadow29 3 months ago

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


mellania 3 months ago

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


andy 3 months ago

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


Sarabrown021 4 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Debbie,

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

Hi Don,

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

Hi AdZ,

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


Adz 4 months ago

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


Don Na 4 months ago

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

It's a 1999 Lancer.

Any advice welcome.


Debbie 4 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Betty,

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

Hi Kathid,

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

Hi Adrianabanu,

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


Adrianabanu210 4 months ago

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


Kathid 4 months ago

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


BettyBoop2016 4 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Vancouverite,

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

Hi Natalie,

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


Natalie 4 months ago

Hello,

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

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

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

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

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

Any clue what it is?

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

Thanks!!!


sfcar 4 months ago

Hello,

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


Vancouverite 4 months ago

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

What could this be?

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


lnguyen 4 months ago

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


SuckyLuckMommaOf2 4 months ago

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


dean 4 months ago

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


Sherri Ogle 4 months ago

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


Crista 4 months ago

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


Tired Teresa at TeresaO1222@yahoo.com 4 months ago

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


Charles 4 months ago

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


Stacey 5 months ago

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


Joe 5 months ago

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


peggygainer 5 months ago

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


Mark 5 months ago

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


Meya 5 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire Author

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

Hi Tom,

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


Steve B. 5 months ago

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


Pamela 5 months ago

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


mtwist@verizon.net 5 months ago

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


Tshela 5 months ago

Hi,

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


Jamie 5 months ago

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


Jason 5 months ago

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


Troy 5 months ago

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


Don White 6 months ago

I have a 2009 Honda Accord,

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

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

Your thoughts on this.

Thanks


ali 6 months ago

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


Tom 6 months ago

Hey,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any info/help would be greatly appreciated.

Tom


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JoloGz Aquino 6 months ago

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


Junior 6 months ago

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


Lita 6 months ago

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


Msmocha92 6 months ago

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


Jay 6 months ago

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

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

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


Suzanne 6 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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

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

Greatly appreciated!

Suzanne


Ashley 6 months ago

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


Michelle 6 months ago

Car engine sounds like tins rattleing then suddlenly stops wont start


dharrisneal@yahoo.com 6 months ago

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


Aaron y 6 months ago

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


weng 7 months ago

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


Betty 7 months ago

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


george 7 months ago

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


Bethany Bowman 7 months ago

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


Anthony harris 7 months ago

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


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TusharIAS 7 months ago

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


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TusharIAS 7 months ago

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


Charlotte 7 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Aaron,

Maybe the starter needs a shim??

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


Dane Fisher 7 months ago

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


aaron y 7 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Aaron,

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


Aaron y 7 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire Author

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


DeeDee242 8 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Theresa,

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


Theresa 8 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jeff,

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


Jeff 8 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Karen,

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


Karen Ann 8 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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


Arain 10 months ago

Hi

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


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eddiecarrara 11 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Chritina,

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

Hi Karo,

Have you had the engine and transmission mounts checked yet?


karo esete 11 months ago

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


chritina 11 months ago

Hi

Eddie,

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


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eddiecarrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Leann,

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


Leann 13 months ago

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


Leann 13 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Bruce,

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

Hi Teddy,

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

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


Teddy 13 months ago

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


Teddy 13 months ago

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


BruceMAbr 13 months ago

Car: 2002 Mazda Tribute

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

What could this be?


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eddiecarrara 13 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Gilbert,

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


Gilbert 13 months ago

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

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

Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.


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eddiecarrara 14 months ago from New Hampshire Author

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


Wilfred 14 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 14 months ago from New Hampshire Author

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


Rebecca 14 months ago

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


Rebecca 14 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 14 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Rebacca,

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


Rebecca 14 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 14 months ago from New Hampshire Author

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


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eddiecarrara 14 months ago from New Hampshire Author

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


Rebecca 14 months ago

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

Thank you.


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eddiecarrara 14 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Rebecca,

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


Rebecca 14 months ago

Hi

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


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eddiecarrara 14 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Josie,

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

Hi Wilfred,

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

Hi Dennis,

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


Dennis 14 months ago

Hello

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


Wilfred 14 months ago

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


Josie 15 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 15 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Irene,

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

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


Irene D 15 months ago

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

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


Irene D 15 months ago

Hey, Eddie, thanks for replying.

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

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

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

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

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


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eddiecarrara 15 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Irene,

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


Irene D 15 months ago

Hi, Eddie.

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

Thank you.


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eddiecarrara 16 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Nikki,

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


Nikki 16 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 16 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Nikki,

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


Nikki 16 months ago

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

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

Thanks again.


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eddiecarrara 16 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi DM999,

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


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eddiecarrara 16 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi DM999,

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


DM999 16 months ago

Eddie,

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

Battery contacts look clean.

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


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eddiecarrara 16 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Scott,

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


ScottB 16 months ago

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

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


ScottB 16 months ago

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

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


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eddiecarrara 16 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi DM999,

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


DM999 16 months ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for your time!


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eddiecarrara 17 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Lijha,

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


Lijha15 17 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 17 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Mary,

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

Hi Great Guest,

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

Hi Ahmad,

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


Ahmad 17 months ago

Hi Eddie

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


great guest 17 months ago

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


Mary 17 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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


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eddiecarrara 17 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Pamela,

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


Pamela 17 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 18 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Adam,

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

Hi Poul,

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


poul 18 months ago

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


adam 19 months ago

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

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

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

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


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eddiecarrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Armywife,

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

Hi Jo,

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

Hi Pete,

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


Pete 19 months ago

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


Jo 19 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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

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

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

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

Cheers!


Armywife 19 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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


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eddiecarrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Armywife,

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

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

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

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


Armywife 19 months ago

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


Armywife 19 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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


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eddiecarrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire Author

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


JessHouse 19 months ago

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

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


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eddiecarrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jess,

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


JessHouse 19 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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

Thanks,

Jess


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eddiecarrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi RC,

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

Hi Jo,

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


Jo 19 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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


RC 19 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi RC,

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


RC 19 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Sha,

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


sha 19 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 19 months ago from New Hampshire Author

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


roger55 20 months ago

Hi eddie

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


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eddiecarrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jess

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


JessHouse 20 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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


roger55 20 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Roger,

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


roger55 20 months ago

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

cheers roger


roger55 20 months ago

Hi

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


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eddiecarrara 20 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Kelly,

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


Kelly 20 months ago

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

Any ideas?

Thanks


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eddiecarrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Cindy,

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

Hi Susan,

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

Hi Johnny,

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


Johnny 21 months ago

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


Susan 21 months ago

HI,

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

Thanks!


Cindy 21 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Chris,

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

Hi Leon,

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

Hi Sean, and welcome back :)

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


Sean 21 months ago

Hi Eddie,

I figured that's what they were doing. lol

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

Thanks Eddie!


Leon 21 months ago

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

Any clues why?


chris 21 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Sean,

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


Sean 21 months ago

Thanks Eddie,

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


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eddiecarrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Sean,

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


Sean 21 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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

Thanks,

Sean


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eddiecarrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire Author

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


stephanie 21 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire Author

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


Jeff 21 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire Author

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


Jeff 21 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi shahriarz,

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

Hi Jeff,

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


Jeff 21 months ago

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

Thanks.


shahriarz 21 months ago

Hi Eddie,

Thanks a lot for your reply.

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

Thanks again.


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eddiecarrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire Author

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

Hi Miss Patty,

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


Miss Patty 21 months ago

Hello...

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

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

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

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


shahriarz 21 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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


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eddiecarrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Amber,

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


shahriarz 21 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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

Thnx again


Amber 21 months ago

HI Eddie,

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

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

Thanks in advance.


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eddiecarrara 21 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi shahriarz,

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


shahriarz 21 months ago

Hi,

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


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eddiecarrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Trish,

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


Trish 22 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Ivy,

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

Hi Elena,

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


Elena pena 22 months ago

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


Ivy 22 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Gary,

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


gary 22 months ago

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

help dealers can't seem to find it


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eddiecarrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire Author

OK, sounds good Garagedoorguy.


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garagedoorguy 22 months ago from Arvada CO

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


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eddiecarrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hey Garagedoorguy,

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


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garagedoorguy 22 months ago from Arvada CO

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


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eddiecarrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Martin,

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


Martin0104 22 months ago

Eddie,

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

Thanks for your help,

Martin


MarcyC 22 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Martin,

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

Hi Milwokean,

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


milwokean 22 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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

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

Thanks in advance.


Martin0104 22 months ago

Hey Eddie,

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

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

I appreciate any help.

-Martin


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eddiecarrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Sanjeeve

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

Hi Marcy,

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

Hi Jr,

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

Hi Jessica,

Do you have a 4 cylinder or 6?


Jessica 22 months ago

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


JR 22 months ago

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


MarcyC 22 months ago

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


sanjeev 22 months ago

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


sanjeev 22 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Marcy,

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


MarcyC 22 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 22 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Marcy, lol.

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


Marcy 22 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi William,

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


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William3085 23 months ago

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


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William3085 23 months ago

Hey Eddie

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


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eddiecarrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Mastrokj,

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


mastrokj 23 months ago

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


Jim D. 23 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire Author

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

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


Kim 23 months ago

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

Thank u


Jim D. 23 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jim,

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


Jim D. 23 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Xiao,

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


xiao2014 23 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Xaio,

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


xiao2014 23 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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


xiao 23 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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


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eddiecarrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Dustin,

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


DustinG918 23 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 23 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Mumbai,

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


Aditya Khaitan 23 months ago

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

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

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

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

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

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


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eddiecarrara 24 months ago from New Hampshire Author

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

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


Roop 24 months ago

Hi Eddie,

Thanks for the quick response.

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

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

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

Thanks.


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eddiecarrara 24 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Dixie,

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

Hi Becca,

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


becca 24 months ago

Hi there

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

2 things I want to ask about:

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

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

Any ideas as to what these problems could be?


dixie 24 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 24 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Dixie,

When do you hear the ticking noise?

Hi Bill,

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

Hi Asif,

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

Hi Roop,

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


Roop 24 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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

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

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

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

Thanks,

Roop Shankar Majumder


Asif Datoo 24 months ago

Hi Eddie,

I will be tackling 2 things:

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

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

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

Cheers,


Bill Blinky 24 months ago

Hi Eddie,

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

Thanks.


Dixie 24 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 24 months ago from New Hampshire Author

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

Hi Asif,

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


Asif Datoo 24 months ago

Hi Eddie,

Thanks for your reply.

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

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

Thanks.


Shy 24 months ago

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


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eddiecarrara 24 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Asif,

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

Hi Shy,

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


Shy 24 months ago

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


Asif Datoo 24 months ago

Hi Eddy,

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

- Cap off

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

- Ran the car with the heater on

- Used drain bolt on the block.

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

- Get the air out.

- Refill with distilled water as needed.

- Replaced the cap

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

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

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

Appreciate your input.

Thanks!


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eddiecarrara 24 months ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Josh,

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


Josh 2 years ago

Hi Eddy,

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

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

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

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

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hey Tracy,

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

Hi Cat,

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

Hi Cass

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


Cass 2 years ago

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


cat 2 years ago

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


Tracy 2 years ago

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Veronica,

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

Hi Chris,

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

Hi Penny,

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

Hi Tracy,

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


Tracy 2 years ago

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


Penny 2 years ago

Hi,

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


Chris Gore 2 years ago

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


Veronica 2 years ago

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


Veronica 2 years ago

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Tracy,

Does your daughters car have a sunroof?

Hi Kasey,

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

Hi DM999,

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jestin,

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

Hi Reyna,

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


DM999 2 years ago

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

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


Kasey 2 years ago

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


Tracy 2 years ago

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


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Rayna Arendt 2 years ago

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


Jestin 2 years ago

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jestin,

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


Jestin 2 years ago

hey eddie,

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Mary,

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


mary540 2 years ago

Hi,

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

Thanks


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

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


Evelyn 2 years ago

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Adam,

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


ennasor 2 years ago

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


Adam 2 years ago

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Ennasor,

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

Hi Glenn,

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


Glenn 2 years ago

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


ennasor 2 years ago

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Ennasor,

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

Hi Jaime,

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

Hi Jacque

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


Jacque 2 years ago

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


Jaime 2 years ago

Hi,

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

-Jaime


ennasor 2 years ago

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


ennasor 2 years ago

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jhint,

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

Hi Justin,

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

Hi Viera,

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


Viera 2 years ago

Hello Eddie

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


Justin White 2 years ago

Hello,

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

Thanks


Jhint 2 years ago

Hello,

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Unique,

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

Hi Rena,

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

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


RenaB 2 years ago

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


Unique 2 years ago

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Rena,

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


RenaB 2 years ago

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Brandi,

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

Hi Adam,

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Fran,

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

Hi Rena,

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


Adam 2 years ago

Hi Eddie

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

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


Brandi 2 years ago

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


RenaB 2 years ago

Hi Eddie!

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


FranV 2 years ago

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

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

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


FravV 2 years ago

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

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

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

Thank you for your time.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Thank you Patricia :)


Patricia 2 years ago

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Ryan,

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

Hi Sami,

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

Hi Patricia,

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


Patricia 2 years ago

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


Sami 2 years ago

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


Ryan 2 years ago

Hey Eddie,

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

Do you have any idea what it could be?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Sami,

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

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


Saminewman 2 years ago

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


Sam 2 years ago

Hi Eddie,

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

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


Dakoda 2 years ago

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Dakoda,

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


Dakoda 2 years ago

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Cheryl,

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

Hi Daniel,

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

Hi Sam,

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


Sam 2 years ago

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


Daniel Joy 2 years ago

Hey Eddie,

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


Cheryl Proulx 2 years ago

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

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


Fran V 2 years ago

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Fran,

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


FranV 2 years ago

Hi Eddie,

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

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

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

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

Kind regards,

FranV


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

OK Fran, sounds good.


FranV 2 years ago

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


FranV 2 years ago

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


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi FranV,

I was wondering if you still had the hissing noise video, if you do, could you post it to YouTube and send me a link? I would really like to hear it if possible.

No need to worry, if the engine is running good and the check engine light is not on, then you just have a noise, not necessarily a problem. If you could show me the clip, that would be a great help. Let me know, thanks Fran.


FranV 2 years ago

By the way Eddie, I'm glad I found this thread! Very informative & you have helped so many people like me give them advises. Hope to hear from you! Thank you again. :)


Franv 2 years ago

Hi there Eddie,

I came upon your thread after so many web researches on hissing noise. I hope you could help me on this one! I have a 2011 Honda CRV purchased on that same year from a dealership here in SoCal. It currently is under 40K miles since I purchased it. It was only last year that I noticed a hissing/chirping noise under the hood. The hissing noise is intermittent. Whether driving on the freeway or sidestreet, and as soon as I park my car in any enclosed garage, the hissing noise is very audible when engine is running on idle and when I steer the wheel constantly to the right or left just so I can hear the hissing noise. After 5 mins or so running the engine on idle, the hissing is gone. My hubby & I looked, under the hood to locate the noise. I checked the transmission oil, there was no "air" bubbling . I didn't see any leaks.Last year I brought it to the Honda dealership where I bought the car but couldn't find anything even if the mechanic, test drove the car with me. He hears it but couldn't find anything wrong with it. I called American Honda Corp customer service and mentioned to them my problem and suggested I send it back to the dealership. So I went to another dealership for a second opinion. There they did all the diagnostic tests and here is what they did between June 7 - Aug 9, 2014

1.) Replaced power steering hose

2.) Replaced "faulty " rack and pinion

A week after they replaced the rack and pinion, the car had a horrible rattling noise under the hood when on the road whether at low or high speed, sidestreet or freeway. It was so loud & rattly. I recorded & videod the rattling noise for 1 week and showed it to the service agent at this 2nd dealership . Brought the car back to Honda and they

3.) Replaced tensionser, alternator auto - they say was the main cause of the rattling sound!

The rattling sound did go away but the hissing noise is still there! The core of the problem has never been resolved.I even did another video for the hissing sound & sent it to the same service advisor. It was so easy for them to replace the original honda parts from my CRV thinking that it would solve the problem. Like they're just doing a hit & miss on my car. I'm not sure if the mechanics are really well trained. Then Finally last Friday, Sept 19 I brought it to the dealership unannounced and the same service advisor finally heard the hissing sound, called another mechanic, they checked under the hood but they still couldn't find the source! After 5 mins of looking under the hood, the hissing sound disappeared and they say they don't hear anything. I told them I am not making it up as they heard it too and it's intermittent. And they asked me to come back again once the hissing noise is more audible.

As what you mentioned in this blog "Car noises are annoying and sometime are a warning sign, like the calm before a storm". So I am now paranoid that something will happen to my car in the near future.

Please Eddie, I hope you could shed light to this dilemma I have. It is so frustrating, time consuming to go back & forth to the dealership. An advise and answer from you is greatly appreciated! Kind regards!


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Norora,

That's great news, it makes me wonder if the steering rack even needed to be replaced, we will never know, lol. It does really pay to get a second opinion. Thank you for the update Noora, I really appreciate it, and if you ever need any automotive questions answered, you know where to find me :)


Noora 2 years ago

Hi there Eddie,

I wanted to update you on the suspension noise problem of our VW Jetta. I took it to another VW dealership as you suggested, and they were able to fix the problem in under six hours! I took the car repair history with me of jobs done on the car in the first dealership that failed at locating the problem. It turned out the hooting 'owl' noise was because the sway bar end links were not torqued properly. And guess what, it was because of a previous job done by the first dealership (steering rack replaced). The noise is now gone! :) Thank you for your kind assistance and hope you have a good week- Noora.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Megan,

Tire pressure lights are a pain it the butt. It sounds like you had a nail in one of your tires and a bad sensor, are they both fixed now? Light is off for a few days?

The clicking noise when turning could be a few different things, a possible backing plate hitting the rotor, a rock or nail in a tire :( not again ): or a CV joint.

The shifting and temp gauge may not be related, but I recommend having the code pulled just so it can point you in the right direction of what's wrong, you need to know the code first, then try to figure out what to do next.

Does this help you at all? Did I answer your questions? Do you have more questions? Let me know, I'll be right here :)


Megan 2 years ago

I recently bought a 2007 passat station wagon with 102500 miles on it. The tire pressure light was on but used dealership said they just replaced a sensor and valve stem and the car just needed to be driven in order for the light to reset but that if it didnt to let them know and they would be happy to fix it.

Two days after we drove the car home the check engine light went off as well. Since then we have brought the car back nearly every weekend from beginning of July up till one week ago when they told us they didn't know what was wrong with the car and it was our problem to deal with.

They replaced a gasket related to the fuel, the battery, tire pressure sensor, nail removal and plugged tire - then an alignment. The tire on the front passengers side was constantly leaking which we told them each time we dropped the car off but they continued to give it back without repairing. The last time they took it in we told them we wouldn't pick the car up till they fixed it. They gave us receipts indicating the tire needed a plug due to a nail being removed but that's also when they replaced the sensor and aligned the car. When we picked up the car it seemed to be better only for the ride home - there were no lights on! The next day we noticed there was now a clicking sound on the drivers side when turning left and right. Especially during 90 degree turns. I have read on your site this could be a CV joint but it didnt make any noise before the tire place touched it. Could it be something more simple?

The check engine light has come back on and the other thing I have noticed for some time is when the check engine light is on the cars temp is below the mid-line and the car will shift hard up or down (it's an auto). When the light is off these things don't seem to be an issue. I read those could be signs of a bad alternator or battery but we just replaced the battery. I am soooo frustrated! Please help???


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Viera,

You can always count on me for advice, I've been hear for over 4 years, you can also fine me on YouTube and my personal automotive website SimpleCarAnswers.com, it's a work in progress, but it's my backup plan in case this site ever disappears some day :)

Hi Justice,

I think you have two different problems, one sounds like your lifters (when you first start the engine ) and the other ticking noise sounds like an exhaust manifold leak(when sitting there at idle)

Hi GiGi,

The two are not connected. The check engine light will only turn off after two or three complete driving cycles (a driving cycle is when the engine goes from stone cold to completely hot, then back to stone cold) So it could take days for the check engine light to turn off on it's own. The knocking noise could be serious, I would first check your oil level, then have a trusted mechanic look, or listen to the knock noise.

OK Robbin, sound good,

and remember, I'm here if you have any other question, or you mechanic is confusing you :)


Robin 2 years ago

Thank you for the quick response Eddie. I'm going to make an appointment with a mechanic and i'll let you know the findings.

Robin (noise when turning steering wheel at low speed)


gi gi 2 years ago

my engine light came on after i got gas, i tried the little trick of opening and closing the gas cap but it didn't work. I took it to a service station and he said i may need a gas cap if it comes back on. I am going to do that just in case but I started hearing knocking noises, is the knocking noise due to that or is it something serious?


justice 2 years ago

When I start my 1992 crown Victoria it makes a clucking/ticking sound for about 4-5 seconds then goes away it happens on the drivers side on the top of the motor.but when I put it in gear there is also a ticking sound while seating still but cant hear it while in motion. What could be wrong!


viera 2 years ago

Hello Eddie

Thank you so much for the information and the compliment. And yes, you are right, now I'm positive it's the brake pad. Front, passenger side to be exact. I heard it this morning again and it went away after I tapped the brakes. I'm going to take my car for the oil change and I have them to inspect/fix my front brakes at the same time. I think it's always good to have a good idea what may be wrong the car when taking car serviced, so service people can not take advantage of me. In the past I was told I need new alternator (quoted over $300) when my belt was squeaking. I took it to the small shop around the corner from my work and the guy working there fixed it for $20! It was loose bolt or something like that. Can you believe it? Saved myself a lot by shopping around. Ever since I told myself, I want to learn more about my car, so I won't be taken for a "ride".

Thanx again.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Robin,

It sounds like maybe you have a worn suspension part like a ball joint or tie rod, I recommend having the front suspension checked soon. Let me know if you have more questions or details, and keep me posted on what you find if you have time, thanks.

Hi Viera,

I admire the way you describe the noise and how you have taken the time to be aware of when it happens. Most people never use the Jersey barriers to bounce the noise off of , so I take my hat off to you :)

The noise you're describing sounds like the brake pad wear indicator starting to hit the rotors on the front brakes. Have the brakes checked out, I'm pretty sure you'll need a front brake job. Keep me posted on what you find , thank you Viera.


viera 2 years ago

Hello, I just came across your website trying to figure out my car noise. In the last couple weeks I have noticed that my car started to make fnny noise. It is really hard to describe, it's kinda like chirping/chain like/rubbing sound. It goes on for few seconds and then it goes away and comes back again, then goes away for a while and comes back for a short period. It's very inconsistent. I've tried to figure out what triggers this noise but I had not much luck. I've experimented with brakes, different gears (I drive standard). I've noticed it the most when I drive on flat, straight road around 80km/h beside the concrete blocks. I guess it echoes more and I also when I drive to the underground parkade (not at 80km/h of douse :). It has also made the noise when I was backing up in the stall outside using only clutch. So far my clutch is not slipping, I have no problems with gears. My front brakes have not been serviced for a while, so my bet is on them. I drive honda civic 2000 dx, standard transmission. Please can you help? I'm going to take it to service, but I want to have an idea what to say to them and also I don't want to be taken for a ride and them telling me how many things it could be and me paying for stuff does not need fixing. Thank you.


Robin 2 years ago

Hi Eddie,

When i turn the steering wheel left or right at a very low speed (like pulling in the driveway) i hear a dull thump sound. it only does it once when turning and that's it. Any help is much appreciated.....I voted up!


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi AP,

Can you hear the noise any other time like when you rev the engine? Do you think it has something to do with speed or engine RPM's ?


AP 2 years ago

My 2012 VW Polo 1.4 Cline has a ringing sound like the old analogue phones at around 80 km/hr. Any idea what is causing this.

Regards


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Noora,

If you get the same response, (which I don't think you will) then your next step is to call VW customer relations and ask them what the next step is. The number should be in your owners manual, that should really get the ball rolling, but it sucks that you would have to go that far. Some mechanics out there are willing to help you, you just need to find them :) Keep me posted on your next visit. Thanks Noora.


Noora 2 years ago

Hello Eddie,

Thank you for your very kind reply. I actually did take it to a VW dealership (where I left it twice overnight) but you are absolutely right, they didn't do a good job at it! This time, I am going to take it to the VW dealership where we bought the car from and test drive it personally with the technician, not the manager. My question to you is what to do if we get the same response? The noise has become so frequent now after the second time we took it back. If we get the same response from the second VW dealership, we are thinking of reselling it, as it doesn't feel right to be driving a car with an undiagnosed problem. What do you think? Thank you again for your time and hope you have a good weekend!


Wendy 2 years ago

What's up with all these VWs making weird noises. I have always love VWs before I got my CC. Now I'm just disappointed. Anyways I'm taking the car to a VW dealership and I'll give you an update on what they have to say.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

You're welcome Wendy, keep me posted on what they find, thanks.

Hi Noora,

Of course they couldn't find the problem, it's because they don't want to spend the time looking for it. It maybe safe to drive, but when are they going to spend some time looking for the problem? You have left it over night 2 times and they still can't find it? You may want to take it to a VW dealership and test drive with a mechanic, they may be able to tell you right away what the noise is because they work on mostly VW's. Let me know your thoughts on that, thanks Noora.


Noora 2 years ago

Hello Eddie,

Thank you for your quick reply. So, I took it to the service center as you suggested and went on a test drive with the manager, over speed bumps and rough roads. He did hear what he called the low 'woo-hoo' noise from the Jetta, and he said it could be from the suspension rebound. We left the car overnight, and I got a call the next day to get it back and that the technician was able to hear the noise but couldn't locate the 'physical' problem and that it was safe to drive. What are your thoughts? Many thanks for your help.


Wendy 2 years ago

Thank you for your advice. I decided to take it to the dealership for them to take care of the ac problems next week. Thanks again for the helpful information.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Lois,

That's how most recalls work, the manufacturer needs to build the updated parts first, then they will notify you when the parts are ready.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Wendy,

Because the noise is not consistent, it may be tough to diagnose, but a couple things come to mind. An exhaust system can make a random tick noise when heating up, the other thought was a possible loose splash shield under the vehicle being pushed around by the wind. I did have a vehicle once that had a small rock stuck in the control arm and was making a rattle type noise when going over small bumps, you couldn't hear it on large bumps, just small ones.

The smell is most likely coming from the HVAC system, moisture gets trapped in the evaporator and causes a musty smell with the heat or ac, it doesn't matter because the air flows through the evaporator at all times. I wrote another article on my website @ http://www.simple-car-answers.com/Car-Smells.html try using some Lysol or HVAC freshener in the fresh air vents of you vehicle whet the blower (fan) motor on high. Let me know if this helps Wendy, and if you have more questions, you know where to find me :)


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LoisRyan13903 2 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

I think the recall has to do with if I hit a sudden pothole the key, while the car is still driving, can be jostled out of the on position, which can shut the engine down. The letter I received suggests keeping the least amount of keys on it and even suggests removing the remote starter, until they get it fixed. When the part is available they will send me another letter.


Wendy 2 years ago

Hi. Love you article. A lot of helpful information. I have a question for you. I have a brand new 2014 VW CC r line (1000 miles on it.) I recently discover a ticking noise outside the car. I can only hear it when the car is moving at a speed 45 mph or faster. It's random and cannot be heard with the windows closed. The noise sounds like a blinker signal and not very loud. Can you please let me know what you think it is. I'm very worried.

I have one more question. It's kinda off topic but I can't seem to find help anywhere even the dealership. My car is brand new but whenever I turn the fan on doesn't matter if it's ac or heat it smell like stinky feet. The dealer said they don't smell anything but I have about 10 friends in my car and they all smell it. Please let me know your opinion on it. Thank you so much.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Adam, is it a metal sound or a plastic sound?

Hi Lois, I really don't think the recall has anything to do with the weight of the keys, most likely a defect in product.


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LoisRyan13903 2 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

@eddie Since I got the car I just have the key and housekey on it.


Adam 2 years ago

So I've got a 2004 Honda Accord v6 SE. It makes like this flapping sound what sounds like underneath the drivers side when accelerating uphill. If you let off the gas it quits. Any ideas?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Rich,

Some exhaust systems come with a double wall pipe, and they are not welded properly, the inner pipe can touch the outer pipe. Also, I have see many times where a muffler or resonator will become loose inside and make a rattle type noise. I would try to reproduce the noise in the driveway. Figure out what rpm the noise happens at, then engage the parking brake, apply the conventional brakes and bring the rpm's up slowly until you hear the noise, have someone on the outside of the truck try to pinpoint the noise. Only do this about 4 times, then let the trans cool down for about 5 minutes, you don't want to overheat the torque converter. Let me know if this works for you Rich, thanks.

Hi LoisRyan,

Yes, even new vehicles have recalls, but at least GM is stepping up to the fact that they have a problem :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting ;)


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LoisRyan13903 2 years ago from Upstate NY originally from Long Island

Gee my car hasn't been making noises lately. Oh yeah I forgot I have a newer car. 2013 Chevy Impala. Still got a recall letter about the GMC issues with the ignition. But have to wait until I get the part.


rich 2 years ago

same from above ^^

the noise only is noticeable during lower RPMs and didnt make the sound untill a couple days after the after market exhaust was put on. the exhaust was put on my proffesionals and they couldnt pinpoint either. it sounds like something is rubbing, clanging or vibrating around the front righter portion of my vehicle.


Rich 2 years ago

i have a 2011 dodge charger rt with the 5.7 hemi automatic. a couple months ago i upgraded my exhaust to an SLP Catback and since i have been getting a rattling sound that could either be the exhaust shield or from what i have looked at on other sites maybe even balljoints? im not too sure why that would cause the noise but i have inspected my heat shield and upon looking over it i have not found any rust, not damaged pieces nor pieces rubbing against each other or possibility of clanging against each other and the mechanics can never get a good listen to pinpoint exactly where it is coming from. i really do not have the time to take it to a dealer and would much rather fix on my own


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Tricia,

The winding up part is most likely the clutch slipping, the popping could be caused by a worn out CV joint, but it hard to know for sure without hearing it. If your can no longer moves, it's possible either the axle broke or the clutch is completely worn out.

Hi Noora,

I recommend going for a road test with the mechanic so you can point out the noise to them. Let me know what you decide to do.


Noora 2 years ago

Dear Eddie,

I have a 2011 VW Jetta that is recently been making low-tone noises that sound like a horn coming from the front half of the car. It's sporadic but it's been increasing and happens at smooth driving, when I'm stopping and on rough terrain, and sometimes when I'm turning the wheel. I took it to the Service center but they didn't hear it (even when I left it overnight). When they released the car and said nothing was physically wrong with it, I heard that noise again around seven times in a 15-min car trip. What could it be? Thank you for your help.


tricia 2 years ago

I just got a 2001 vw beetle a couple of months ago. Recently, when i would put it into 2nd gear, the engine would start winding up and when i would take off there was a popping noise from the front passangers side. Now the has completely stopped. Please help!


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jazielsant,

That would be the AC compressor cycling, this is a normal condition. The AC cannot stay on all the time with out cycling because your evaporator would freeze up, it has to cycle to maintain a temperature between 35 - 42 degrees. Let me know if this helps Jazielsant, thanks.


Jazielsant 2 years ago

When driving or at an idle position with the ac on their is a clicking noise and it causes the rpm gauge to fluctuate up down as long as the ac unit is on


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Spencer,

I checked out some images for the 1.8t engine because I'm not familiar with VW, but I knew the transmission is connected to one side of the engine, and the timing belt, external belts, and water pump are on the other side. check to see if there is any slack in the timing belt or if there is any loose parts near the timing belt cover.

The water pump will make a weird noise like marbles rolling around or a grumbling noise and is usually consistent. A loose timing belt on the other hand will make noise intermittently. Let me know what you find Spencer :)


Spencer 2 years ago

Correction the chain is on the right but belt on left.


Spencer 2 years ago

Hi Eddie I have pretty much centralized the noise to the left front of the valve cover. The chain is on the left side but the timing belt is on the right. the car is a 2004 VW GTI 1.8t and I will be working on it tomorrow and lift the valve cover off and check for signs of belt slap or chain marks on the cover. The noise has me perplexed. The car has been sitting for a while and has just started making the noise. would the water pump be making the noise but stop when the engine falls into an idle? Thanks in advance.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Spencer, genius I am not, lol, but thanks for the complement. Is it possible to take a video of the noise and post it to YouTube so I can hear it? It's sounds like maybe a timing belt or chain slap. Where is the noise in relationship to the timing cover? Let me know, thanks Spencer.

Hi Ryan,

Do you think it's possible your brake pad wear indicator is just starting to hit the rotor? I would start by looking at all 4 front brake pads, it may be time for brakes. Let me know if this is a possibility Ryan, if not, we can dig a little deeper, thanks.


Spencer 2 years ago

In addition there is no rhythm, it does not have any sense of engine speed or a sequence. It may hit once, then three times real fast, then again once, then maybe four times real fast. Its not like a rod knock or lifter knock which are constant. Im going to pull the valve cover again on thursday and take a look and try to figure it out. Any help from the genius would be appreciated.


Ryan A 2 years ago

Hey Eddie I appreciate all the information you give me. Very useful stuff! But I have a question about my '96 toyota tacoma 4x4 3.4L. I get an intermittent 'squealing' noise only occasionally while driving between 30-40mph. The sound is similar to squeaky brakes or even a squealing belt. It seams to be coming from the front wheel area on the driver side. The sound will come and go as I slightly turn the wheel. I have greased the drive shaft with no luck. Again it only happens occasionally at 30-40 mph whether I'm coasting at that speed or accelerating. Any idea of what this could be? Thanks for your help


Spencer 2 years ago

Hi Eddie, need help with 2004 vw gti 1.8t. a loud noise sounding like a socket slapping the valve cover on left side of cover. this dies down when engine goes into idle speed and disappears but when given gas either small amounts or large amounts it starts again. very confusing. any ideas


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jeanette,

I would have the motor mounts and transmission mounts looked at, if they all look good, check your front springs/struts for any loose or broken parts. Let me know if this helps Jeanette, thanks.


jeanette 2 years ago

I have a 2005 chrystler pacifica. Every timei stop at normal speeds something in the front makes a loud pop. It does it again when I take off. It does not seem to do it if I stop fast though. I have the ball joints tie rod end and the sway bars and it is still doing it. It is actually getting louder. Help please.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jess,

No, I wouldn't have them balanced unless you're feeling a vibration. I would have the alignment check tho if your tires have uneven wear. Let me know what you decide to do, thanks Jess :)


Jess 2 years ago

Hi Eddie,

Thanks for the information. I will look at the tire tread as you suggested and let you know what I find. If they are worn unevenly, should I have them rotated again (I do have them rotated/balanced on a regular basis)? Like I said, I haven't been happy with these Kumhos, but it would be terrible to have to replace them already (I drive less than 7500 miles a year, so they haven't been asked to do much in 1.5 years).


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Richard,

You're welcome. When you have some time, just have someone sit in the car while you try to locate the noise, it may take a while so be patient. try to get en eyeball on the noise too, if you can feel the location, try to see if anything is popping. Keep me posted, thanks Richard.


Richard 2 years ago

Thanks for the response. I did try grabbing things while my son moved/made its popping sound. I really couldn't feel anything on the struts, and the sound appeared to be coming from beneath the engine. I grabbed a bar (which was mid-right side) on the underside I could reach while I was on the topside of the engine compartment, which I believe was a tie rod... I felt it strongest in that bar. Driving straight and even across sharp bumps, there is no sound; only if you turn the wheel a few degrees either direction, while stopped or moving, and it seems to be a single "pop-pop" each turn (no continuous popping). May be weekend before I can get back to it - your guidance is much appreciated.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Richard,

That could be caused by the upper strut bearing or a ball joint. The best way to diagnose a problem like this is to have someone turn the wheel slowly and place your hand on different areas to see if you can feel it pop. You could also try using an automotive stethoscope or long screwdriver to pinpoint the noise. Place the tip of the screwdriver on different areas when it's making the noise, then place your ear on the handle of the screwdriver, the noise will be amplified through the screwdriver, so move it around to different areas until you find an area where the noise is most pronounced. Let em know if this helps, thanks.


Richard 2 years ago

Howdy. Just bought a 2008 Mazda 3s hatchback for my son's first car. Took to mechanic to check out before bought and while otherwise pretty sound, they told me sound I was hearing was the driver's side strut needing replacement. Tonight came home expecting to help my son put a quick-strut on, but before we headed to parts store asked him to turn wheel while I listened under the hood. Turning the wheel left or right a relatively small distance, stopped or any speed, gives a single and definitely audible "pop-pop" sound under the car front axle area near the center. That car is so low I can barely put a floor jack under it, much less wedge my body beneath to look. I don't feel the strut popping (and it doesn't react negative on bumps). It makes me think of a loose bolt/joint and a creak to re-position, but I haven't been able to crawl under to examine. Can you point me towards something at which to look?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Dumisani,

It's sounds like you may have a broken axle or CV joint, but that would be really unusual. I would have it towed to a garage and have it check out. Could you come back here and give me an update when you figure out the problem? Thanks Dumisani.

Hi Jess, welcome back :)

Tires can make a noise when turning, especially if the edge of the tires are worn uneven. I would take a look at the tires and see if the edges are worn uneven by running your hand over the tread, if the tires are chopped, you should be able to feel it and see it. Let me know what you find Jess, and if you have more questions, I'll be right here.


Jess 2 years ago

Hi Eddie,

The noise only happens when the car is moving--never when I am turning from a stopped position. It seems to me the noise is coming from someplace other than the inside cabin of the car. Come to think of it, I think I've only noticed it when I turn to the right, but that may not mean anything (right vs left) because it would be rare for me to turn left without a stop following basic traffic laws. I'm wondering--could it have something to do with my tires? This is a new noise for a car that I have owned (purchased new). All four tires were replaced about 1.5 years ago. They are Kumho tires, and I have not been happy with them (vehicle seems much more slippery in the snow than with my former OEM tires).


Dumisani 2 years ago

Hi,

I have a honda fit, just yesterday I noticed that the vehicle is failing on pulling when I engage drive (AT) and making a hammering sound.What might be the cause?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hey Matt,

After market exhaust systems do not fit like OEM parts, so you probably are lacking clearance between the body of the car and the exhaust. I recommend getting a close look in the area where you hear the noise, most likely the exhaust is hitting a hanger or it's hitting the floor. You may need to crawl under the car to check it if possible. Let me know what you find Matt, thanks.


Matthew L 2 years ago

Hi Ive just had my exhaust replaced (all the pipes underneath and exhaust) and now when i turn right and accelerate there is a clicking, clanging sound coming from the left side of my car. I look underneath and everything is securely fitted onto the car. Could you help me?

Thanks.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jess,

Do you know if the noise is on the inside or outside of the car? The car has to be moving right? It doesn't happen only when the steering wheel is turned with the car sitting still? Let me know, thanks.


Jess 2 years ago

Hi Eddie,

I have a 2005 Hyundai Tucson 4WD, 65K miles, regular maintenance throughout its life. Lately I've noticed a slight sound when I make a turn. It sounds like the wind whistling through a window open a crack, but the windows aren't open. I only hear it when I am making a turn. Do you know what this could be?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Jordan,

I know this may sound silly, but try cleaning the door seals with a glass cleaner and then spray some silicone spray on the complete seal. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

Hi Jodi,

I don't think it's rocks from the tires because it makes noise on start up, not when the vehicle is moving, right? So I would guess it may be a defective oil filter or possibly the wrong weight oil? I would start by checking the oil level, if that's OK, call back the garage who did the oil change and ask them to take a look/listen at it, tell them the noise started right after the last oil change. Let me know what you find Jodi, thanks.


Jodi 2 years ago

Hello Eddie, I have a 2010 Nissan Xterra that I recently noticed a "rattle" in the engine upon start up. It doesn't happen every time and it seems to go away pretty quickly. I just had the c-clamps on my heat shield replaced so I've ruled that out. I never noticed this noise prior to an oil change about a month ago....but I purchased new tires as well. Could it be the tread of the new tires throwing rocks up into the motor or undercarriage of the vehicle? Or, could this be a result of the wrong oil type/weight?


Jordan 2 years ago

I purchased a 2014 Hyundai Elantra about a month ago. When I drove off the lot, I noticed a metal tinkering noise coming from the driver side door. I can hear it right in my ear whenever I'm doing city driving or going over any sort of bump. It's sounds like metal touching metal. I was messing around with it one day and found that when I press on the outside of the car door (when the door is shut) around the area where door latch is, I can hear the tinker noise. I've taken it to the dealer twice. They took apart my door panel, but the noise is still there. This thing is driving me crazy. Any ideas??


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Mitch,

It's sounds like a possible transmission pump or torque converter, more likely the pump, but I'm not so sure the surge is the same problem, the surge may be a fuel pump. I would hook up a fuel pressure gauge to check the surging problem first, then take a look a the transmission fluid, see if there are any metal particles in it, smell it and check the color. Let me know what you find, thanks.


mitch 2 years ago

1967 Olds CS 4 sp, 330ci. Very srong whine stating at 1800 in 4th gear and increasing until 3100rpm disappers upon acceleration above

this speed

Mosty heard in acceleration, not deceeration, Comes from either m21 transmisssion or rear end area. Also will surge and have bucking action as car slows down in the same range, expecially under 2,000 rpm. Surge disapers about 3000 rpm when accelerating,

Any suggestions?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Cash,

Check you exhaust heat shields, it's very common on an older car like yours.

Hi Teri,

If the noise sounds like a helicopter on the highway, it may be a wheel bearing starting to go. Wheel bearing are more noticeable at highway speeds, so if you continue to hear this noise at highway speeds, I would have your wheel bearing checked. Let me know if you have it checked out, and what they find, thanks.


Teri 2 years ago

I have a 2004 mazda3. Last night I noticed it started making a thumping noise, almost like I was dragging something, while I was driving on the freeway. I didn't hear it when I got off the freeway and drove on the city streets. Any idea what it could be? Thank you!


cash 2 years ago

I have a 2002 nissan altima 2.5s and after im driving for about 30 minutes the car starts making a rattlsounhen i step on the gas what could wing be ? Please Help.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Slordaz,

It's sounds like you may have had a small rock or pebble stuck between the rotor and backing plate. If the noise is gone, I wouldn't worry too much, just keep and ear on it for a few days.

Hi KP,

Bearings are a tough diagnosis if you don't know what your doing, and it sounds like some of the mechanics fell into this category :( I believe you have a wheel bearing problem, not a transmission problem, but it also sounds like you're getting the runaround from the garage who took your money in the first place. You will have to fight with them if they can't fix it. The best way to diagnose a wheel bearing is on the lift with a stethoscope or screwdriver like in my video, now all you have to do is find a mechanic that will help you figure this out. Hope this helps, I'll be here if you have more questions, and keep me posted on what happens KP, thanks, I'm really curious.

Hi Janiece,

Sorry so late on my reply, is this a manual or automatic trans? It sounds like an inner CV joint but it had to say, I wounder if you're leaking grease from the CV boot? Let me know if it an auto or standard trans, thanks.


Janiece 2 years ago

Hi Eddie

Thank you for such great information. I have a 2007 Honda Civic and today out of the blue it first make a sort of thumping noise sounded like under the hood then that went away and now it is making a sort of ticking chirping noise which sounds like it's coming from either front or rear driver side wheels. no sound when accelerating, no sound when braking but a lot when taking foot of accelerator, no sound when turning. Please help and would you know if it's safe to drive till can get to shop.

Thank you

Janiece


kp 2 years ago

I have a 2005 Volvo V50. Recently had a wheel bearing go bad on the front passenger side. My husband thought it would be a good idea to just have them both replaced. The mechanic showed me the part they were putting on and on the box it said it was a hub assembly. However, they said it was not actually an assembly because it was not bolted on, and that the bearing still had to be pressed in. It was all one piece with bolts, and looked just like the one that was replaced on the left rear and nothing was said about pressing in the bearing on that one. However, I am not a mechanic and know little about such things. Two days after I left the shop, I started hearing the noise again and it seems to be getting substantially worse every time I drive the car. Between 40 and 45 mph it sounds really loud. I took it back and they said it was definitely not the bearing since they had just replaced it, but took a test drive with a "diagnostic box" and told me it was my transmission. They said it was starting out in third gear and then it was skipping third gear when I was speeding up. I have never felt any slipping or rough shifting but I took it to a transmission shop. They said it was shifting fine and didn't think there was anything wrong with the transmission but said it sounded like a wheel bearing going out. I took it to another garage and they too said it sounded like a wheel bearing, but when they put it on the lift could not feel any play in either wheel or hear any noise when spinning the wheel by hand. Unfortunately I had not read your article about getting the car up to 40 mph when it was on the lift at the time. I am so confused and don't know who to believe. I feel like I'm going in circles.


slordaz 2 years ago

Thanks for the information very understandable, I ave a question though maybe you could help me with.

I have a 97 nissan altima that the other day was making a grinding sound when car was in motion, drove it the 3 blocks home and parked it for 3 days. went out to take it to have it checked and it was not making the noise anymore and seems to be driving fine. Is this something I should worry about?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Alyssa,

It's sounds like maybe a loose heat shield on the exhaust is buzzing at a certain RPM. I would have the exhaust checked, then let me know what they find, thanks Alyssa.

Hi Andrew,

A lot of cars sit on the lot after the used car check, and yes, some develop rusted rotors and brake pulsations. If the rotors were already cut once, I recommend replacing them this time. Let me know what you decide to do Andrew, thanks.


Andrew 2 years ago

This sounds exactly like my problem. I have had my car for about a month now, and the dealer claimed they had new brakes and rotors, but who knows except them how long it was sitting there accumulating rust. I wanted to change my brakes and rotors just as a precautionary thing as they do not look "new" so to say. Thank you.


Alyssa 2 years ago

My 2010 Toyota Yaris makes a buzzing sound when it shifts but only I accelerate really quickly causing it to rev high. It is louder than the normal shifting noise. It's like the car is saying "I can't go that fast". Is this normal?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Andrew,

Most likely it's rust on your rotors, until your hit the brakes a couple times, you'll hear the rubbing, scraping, light grinding, noise. Does this sound like your problem? Let me know, thanks.


Andrew 2 years ago

Whenever it rains, it seems that there is a loud rubbing noise from the rear wheels when initially moving. Is it possible that there is some rust forming in that short time and can hold parts together at first?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Wilson,

It sounds like maybe the axle/CV joint may be what is causing the noise, do you hear it more when turning and accelerating? Let me know, thanks.

Hi Brigitte,

You may have an exhaust heat shield that is loose, if you can hear it at idle, try looking under the car to see if you notice anything loose, or if you can figure out where the noise is coming from. Let me know if you figure it out, thanks.


brigitte 2 years ago

Hi there, I have a Honda CRv 2004….i hear this noise (now i have to try and describe it)….it sounds like a chain rattling a bit….i can only hear it when i let my foot off of the gas it goes away when I give it gas (or maybe i don't hear it as much when i press on the gas peddle) but seems to be louder when I am off the gas pedal? My brakes and voters are only 1 year old…I also get my oil changed on a regular basis. The noise seems to be coming more from the back of the car. thanks!


Wilson Reberio 2 years ago

Hi i own a 2001 honda crv which is making a kat kat sound loud once its in motion and when i brake then its more idling time its continuously on seems as if some iron parts are getting rubbed to each other or the axle has a lot of prssure and is going ot break down .

i become the centre of attraction on the road its queit embarrassing ,

the mechanics say its the cuplings which are dry and as its honda they cant be greased need to check furthure what to do means it seemed that the mechanic does not know hte actual problem and so is just buying time, i am fed up of giving it to th garage where they keep it for a few days and give it back without resolving the issue. or just giving excuses .


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

The squeak could be the strut, but the grinding sounds like something else.


Yeli 2 years ago

I also forgot to mention the problem seems to go away in really hot weather, i hear a squeak sound from the driver side, could be the strut or something related to it...


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Yeli,

I doubt it's coming from the differential, and even if it was, new grease would not fix it. Have you had the front brakes checked? Sometimes the outer pad will be fine, but the inner pad can be worn out and causing a grind noise because the brakes are metal to metal. I would start by inspecting the front brakes carefully. Let me know what you find Yeli, thanks.


Yeli 2 years ago

Hi, i drive a 2007 Subaru Legacy sedan 2.5i (AWD).

I have noticed a grinding noise coming from the front, sometimes it feels like something is rubbing against the wheels. The problem is when i am driving at low speed, i notice it more, and the grinding can be felt at the steering wheel. My mechanic said he put new grease in the front differential, and said that it might take care of the grinding, he also stated i need to run the car so the grease reaches every part of the differential. I have driven over a 100 miles already and it has not stopped grinding.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi PJ,

Does the vehicle have to be moving to hear the sound? Or can you hear it when the vehicle is just idling?

Hi Anirudh,

The noise in the engine could be your ac compressor cycling, and the noise while your driving could be a wheel bearing. Without hearing either noise, these are just guesses. Let me know what you think, thanks.


Anirudh Carani 2 years ago

Hi, I am driving Maruti Esteem vxi (2007).. It's a budget sedan..

Regarding the "Tarrr" sound in the front right corner, It comes when the accelarator is relaxed.. During idling too..

Regarding the rolling sound, It is visible while at some speed.. Basically the car isn't silent.. It sounds as if I am sitting in some old lorry..


PJ 2 years ago

my car got hit on driver side now I hear a humming sound from that side of engine!? I've been told maybe puller or belt shifted!? do anyone know!?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Anirudh,

What kind of car are you driving (year, make and model)

How fast are you driving when you hear the rolling noise?

What else are you doing when you hear the noises, are you turning, accelerating, braking, etc...


Anirudh 2 years ago

Hi, I am facing a noise from front right corner of the car.. Somewhere inside the bumper.. Not able to trace the actual cause.. It sounds every now then when engine is on.. It sounds as "tarrrrrr".. What could it be? :(

Also recently started getting rolling noice while on the move.. What could this be?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Matt,

I think that's why you brought the vehicle there to begin with (because you had a noise , and they were trying to fix it) They have to touch the upper mount if they replace the shocks. If you can reproduce the noise when rocking the car back and forth, place your hand on the rear shock upper mount and feel if that is where the noise is coming from. You could also use a long screwdriver as a stethoscope, while reproducing the noise place the end of the screwdriver on different areas on the suspension, and place the other end on your ear. The noise will travel through the screwdriver. Let me know what you find, thanks.


Matt 2 years ago

Hi Eddie. It's Matt with the 2007 Sonata again. I've gotten it narrowed down to the noise is definitely coming from the rear. Its just that, at times, its so loud that it sounds like its coming from the mid-body, even the front. Sometimes, I can feel it through the floor panels.

Rocking the car side to side did not produce the noises. But back and forth motion does. I took it to a friends mechanic and he put it in reverse and brake-checked it backwards at idle. There was the noise - a clunking sound every time he braked. Then he put it in drive and same test - same result. We took a short drive around some uneven parking lots at low speed and there it was again.

I contacted the shop that replaced the shocks and struts, and told them that they were responsible for it. They said that it might be coming from the mounting points of the rear struts, which they never touched when the were replacing them. I'm no mechanic-but that sounds like its not even possible.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Manuel,

You have me stumped on this one. Is there any way you could take a video of the noise and put it on YouTube?, Let me know, thanks.

Hi Shecat,

Yes, the comments are getting a bit long, but I don't mind, it gives readers a chance to find other problems similar to theirs, lol.

The rushing water sound might just be a characteristic of your vehicle, some vehicle are know for having a rushing water noise in the heater core on acceleration, maybe you have the same issue.

The bubbling noise from the exhaust may be normal as well. Exhaust systems build up moisture inside the muffler, it's condensation caused by the exhaust heating up and cooling down, unless you smell exhaust fumes inside your car, I wouldn't worry too much.


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Shecat2000 2 years ago

Hello Eddie, wow. might be time to get a page 2 dear, it takes 5 mins to get to the bottom of this page on fast scroll..lol. I finally manged to get my 2006 Torrent in for the rad flush and had them check the drain for the AC. it was fine. But i am still geting that rushing water noise when i accelerate. Also noticed when i am sitting still and my car is just idling in an enclosed area like at a drive thru window, i am now hearing a puting noise. or bubbling noise. sounds like coming from exhaust. But they checked my muffler and said it was ok no holes. and to the lady who thinks the issues cant be brakes because they are only a year old. i had my brakes replaced on my grand am 3 times in less than 3 years, the place kept putting faulty or bad product on my car even though i paid for good ones.


Manuel Matz 2 years ago

I have a 2002 Mazda B2300 with about 65000 miles.It has not produced any warning light and engine runs fine.When first running down the block and at 10 miles does not make any noise, but when acelerating to 30 to 40 miles and on bumpy roads stats making a noise.It come from the front end.And it sounds like flapping as it something is going up and down very rapidly inside a box but it does not sound like grinding or rattling.It is like something making a noise while twirling inside a case or some container.After going at 30 to 40 miles and rapidly stoping on a corner the noise is heard again in a very fast sucession till goes away.I had changed the shock absorbers,the lower and upper ball joints and the front wheel bearing but still makes the noise.Can you comment?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Sure Benj, my pleasure :)

If it's not the pads, then may be the backing plate or caliper shim. It's something related to the brakes because you said "the noise goes away when you apply the brakes", now we just have to figure out where the noise is coming from. Let me know what you think Benj, thanks.


Benj 2 years ago

Thanks for getting back eddie

They said the front pads have 80% life left and dont need to be replaced


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Benj, most likely it's the wear indicator on the brake pad warning you that your brake pads are low and need to be changed. Have the brakes checked and let me know what you find, thanks.

Hi Klen07,

The mechanic could have bent the backing plate when fixing your flat, I would check the rotor backing plate, make sure it's not too close to the rotor causing a grinding noise, I'm not sure about the steering wheel vib or slight clicking sound.


Klen07 2 years ago

Hello,

I have a 2002 Oldsmobile Bravada. The other day my AWD (it has smart trak awd system) Service Light came one while I was on the highway. The next morning I noticed the car was trying to kick into AWD gear, making a clunking noise (crow-hop) when in reverse and in drive. I then discovered a flat tire which I'm assuming may have been the cause for the AWD to malfunction. Since the tire has been fixed it seems to have gotten rid of the crow-hop but there is a loud grinding noise when in reverse now, especially when turning. When idle, it also makes a slight clicking sound (sounds like it's coming from the back) and will cause the steering wheel to vibrate slightly for about 3 seconds. This happens repeatedly until the car is in motion or shut off. Not sure if all of this is related to each other? Any input would be much appreciated. Thank you for your time.


Benj 2 years ago

I have a 2008 acura tl and after driving for a few minutes i hear a squealing noise coming from the front passenger wheel. It amplifies while going through a tunnel or next to car, squeaks in accordance to the rotations of the wheel, and stops once i press on the brake. Is it a bad brake pad or something worse?


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Matt,

The first thing I would have checked is the sway bar links and sway bar bushings, it common for them to make knocking noises while driving over small or light bumps when there is play in the joints and bushings.

Try having a friend rock the vehicle side to side while you're sitting in it and see for you can hear the noise while the car is in the driveway. Let me know what you find Matt, thanks.


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Matt Brauninger 2 years ago from Beaumont, Texas

Hi.

My 2007 Hyundai Sonata just recently started making knocking noises. I only hear it when I'm driving real slow, parking lot speeds, up/down hill. I notice it mostly when i pull up my driveway. I've just recently had the socks and struts replaced(80,000) miles. The mechanic shop that I take it to says they have no idea what is causing it, but they don't think its important enough to worry about yet.

It sounds like popping/knocking, almost like someone cracking their knuckles. It mostly comes from the rear, but sometimes I hear it in front too.


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Kimberleigh,

It's sounds like an exhaust heat shield is loose, is it like a thin metal rattle noise, like a pie plate? Let me know, thanks.

Hi Missy,

That is really weird, the noise only appears at 70 mph? I'm not trying to be funny, but if you don't hear the noise under 70, keep it under 70 for the remainder of your trip. It sounds like a wheel bearing noise but a wheel bearing will usually start to make noise around 35-40 mph. Let me know what you think Missy, thanks.


MissyJ2034 2 years ago

Hi,

I have a 2008 Kia Spectra with 108k miles.

Just recently it started making a clicking sound from the front left tire (like cards on a bike wheel). It only makes the sound when I reach 70mph and continues to go faster the faster I go, to which I have to slow down for the sound to stop. It does not make any sounds at low speeds or any other time. I have to travel over 400 miles back home and am worried about a safety issue until I can get back to have it checked out to see what the problem is.

Thanks in advance!


Kimberleigh 2 years ago

Great informative article!

*How do we find out what day a car came off the assembly line?

I drive an 04' Infinity G35 and have recently been hearing a light flapping sort of sound under the car when driving at low speeds, followed by a slight grinding sound when I step on the brake (the sound tends to lighten or disappear when driving at higher speeds). I don't imagine it would be the break pads since I replaced pads and rotors about a yr and half ago and have driven less than 10k miles in that time. My financial situation is less than good at the moment so I've had to put off getting this looked at and taken care of. Does this sound like something that could be serious or potentially hazardous if ignored?

Any feed back would certainly help.

Thanks in advance!

Going to share your article on face book.

~ Kimberleigh


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hey Woody, you are very welcome, anything I can do to help :)

Ball joints don't usually make a clunk noise unless they are really bad, clunking noises usually come from worn sway bar links and worn suspension bushings. Question are good Woody, that's how we learn :) keep me posted buddy, thanks.

Hi Lauren,

It's sounds like you have a problem with your belt tensioner. I'm pretty sure you have a serpentine belt, and when your air conditioner is cycling it starts to squeak, so check that out as you're driving, see if it starts to squeal when your ac compressor cycles. Tell your mechanic to spry a little water on the belt with the engine running, a good belt won't squeal, but a belt with too little tension on it will. Let me know what happens Lauren, thanks.

Hi Shell,

It sounds like there is a splash shield or molding loose somewhere on the vehicle, not a bad tire or wheel bearing. Windshield moldings can make a vibrating noise and plastics shields on the under carriage can make a lot of noise too if they are not secured properly. Have someone check for these issues and let me know what you find, thanks.


Shell-4 2 years ago

HELP

My 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring is making an extremely loud noise on the hiway at speeds of 100km /hour. This only happens occasionly. Maybe one in eight times. And lasts for only a few kms.

The tires have been switched. The dealer did not find a problem. I am very concerned.


Lauren S 2 years ago

Thanks for the article. Definitely helpful. My old car had the heat shield problem and it took me forever to figure it out.

I now own a 2012 Fiesta Hatch - It almost sounds like a fan is squealing, but only sometimes. This noise kicks in when the fan or whatever it is kicks in (sometimes 1 min after I start the car and its idle for a bit.. and sometimes it doesnt happen until Ive been driving on the highway for a bit, stop for a coffee in a drive thru and I have a hard time ordering its so loud.)

As I read your blurb about the Engine Belts I thought maybe that is it.

My Fiesta is a dual Clutch tranny - 6 speed automatic. Do they have engine belts? not sure.

Every time I stop in at my car place - its NEVER making the noise! its like its out to make me crazy. Its still way under warranty so Im not worried, I just need to know what it is cause Ford can never get the noise to happen.

Any idea?

It seems sometimes in rainy weather its a bit louder, but this morning it was kinda loud off the highway again and it wasnt wet at all just a little humid.


wooden eye 2 years ago

Thanks, Eddie, for the quick response, and for being in that elite minority

of folks who actually take time out of their busy skeds to respond to my questions---my hat's off to you, Sir. Ok, I'll check out the sway bar links and bushings, as well as the ball joints. Do worn ball joints also make clunking sounds in addition to creaking sounds? Mine aren't clunking yet, perhaps that means they aren't severely pooped out?--just curious George here....I promise to keep you updated on what I find out....

Cheers! --woody, Guam Island


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Woodeneye, all the way from Guam? The world is getting flat, lol . Welcome :)

There are two places to start, one is at the sway bar links and bushings, the next is any one of the ball joints in the front end. Have someone push the vehicle up and down while you place your hand on all the control arms and ball joints. By placing your hand on these components, you should be able to feel where the creak is coming from. Let me know what you find Woodeneye, thanks.

Hi Shecat,

It's possible your fuel pump is starting to make noise until it's fully primed. The fuel pump is in the fuel tank (usually), so it can be really loud sometimes, especially when the fuel tank is empty. Let me know if this could be a possibility, thanks, and no worries about the questions, that's why I'm here :)


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Shecat2000 2 years ago

Hi Eddie, No the car is not moving when i hear the noise. its only when i first start it up, its in park. then like a humming whining noise. it goes away after i start driving. Sorry for so many questions, The car is new to me and just trying to figure out what is normal and not. the sellers did just replace the drive shaft because of a bad sensor. but not sure that has anything to do with the noise. its almost like something is powering up? Not so bad for me but for anyone siting in the back its kinda loud. I also am making an App to get the rad flush done and hope the water swish noise go away. just hope there are no other issues to explain why the top of the inside of the overflow tank looks so grungy.


woodeneye 2 years ago

Creaking sound coming from front drivers side of my 2004RAV4 when

vehicle is pushed up & down, as well as during slow speed turns and even straight line driving. Any ideas on where to start with this before I take it in to the very expensive Toyota Service dept. here on Guam would be very much appreciated...thanks!--woodeneye


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eddiecarrara 2 years ago from New Hampshire Author

Hi Shecat,

The buzzing or whining noise, does the vehicle need to be moving to hear the noise? The noise you heard going through the puddle was probably the ABS, it's possible some dirt may have got on the pickup or sensor and blocked the signal for a split second, if it didn't continue to happen, I wouldn't worry about it too much. Let me know if you have any other question. Sorry about the delayed response, it was a long weekend road trip and I didn't have internet access.


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