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

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

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

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

Common Car Noises and Their Likely Causes

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

1. Clicking Noise While Turning

Probable Cause: Failed outer CV joint

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

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

What Are CV Joints?

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

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

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

How to Fix It

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

Noise From the CV Joint When Turning

2. Water Pump Noises

Probable Cause: Failed water pump

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

How to Verify the Sound Is Coming From Water Pump

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

Replacing It

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

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

Great Example of a Water Pump Noise

Using a Screwdriver Like a Stethoscope

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

3. Squeak or Squeal From an Engine Belt

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

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

Does Belt Dressing Work?

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

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

What May Cause an Engine Belt to Squeak or Squeal

4. Exhaust Heat Shield Noises

Probable Cause: Damaged heat shield

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

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

How to Fix It

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

Exhaust Heat Shield Rattle

A Car-Buying Secret

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

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

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

Ask Someone About Your Noise

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

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

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More by Eddie Carrara on Car Noises

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

Bonus Noise: Scraping Noise From Wheel

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

Questions & Answers

  • My Honda Accord makes a rattling sound when I come to a stop and when slowly driving away. Sounds like it's coming from under the front of my car. What can it be?

    Have the heat shields on the exhaust checked, they may be rusted and loose.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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      Larry 

      32 hours ago

      I have a 2013 subraru lagacy and theres a whinning humming noise when driving

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Israel,

      Is there any way you could send me a video of the noise, you could upload it to YouTube and then send me the link by clicking the "Contact Author" link next to my profile photo. Let me know, thanks.

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      Israel 

      9 days ago

      I have a 2012 Toyota Camry SE makes noise on passenger side I took the cover off still makes noise is metal-to-metal help me find a problem check motor mounts check everything seems fine

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rob,

      It sounds like a wheel bearing to me and I know you changed out all of them but maybe one was damaged during the installation? The best way to diagnose this issue is to have a mechanic run the vehicle in drive while on the lift so they can check each wheel bearing with a stethoscope, they can also double-check the center carrier bearing while it's in the air. Let me know if this helps, thanks.

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      Rob Murphy 

      4 weeks ago

      Hi eddie, i have a mk3 honda crv jan 2008, 2.2 cdti, between 55 -60 , i get a humming vibration noise, much like a wheel bearing or tyre which ive changed them all, new wheels and tyres even intermediate drive shaft bearing, it goes after 60 mph, and it goes if i turn the steering left or right, i can feel it thru the steering wheel, its driving me insane , thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sheila,

      I think I have most of the Granite buried in my yard, I can't dig a hole without hitting a rock lol. It's good that you replaced the serpentine belt because it was due and they can definitely cause noises if it is in poor condition. If the noise comes back I recommend you have the exhaust inspected for any loose or rusted heat shields, that is another common issue here in the Granite State. Keep me posted on what happens and if we need to dig a little deeper :)

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      Sheila 

      5 weeks ago

      Hi, Eddie - you are awesome for writing me back. I have started emptying out everything in the vehicle. It has gone away so far. I also had the serpentine belt replaced, since it was due anyway and I read that it might be caused by that as well. It is a great service that you provide - proud to have you as a fellow Granite Stater!

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sheila,

      If the noise is intermittent I recommend you remove everything in the vehicle that could make noise, I know it sounds like a huge task but it may be one of your personal items in the glove box, door pocket, sunglass holder, etc, making the noise and the mechanic does usually need to remove the glove box to remove the cabin air filter and that's why the noise may have changed. I have seen garage door openers, E-Z passes, zippers on customer jackets, etc make various noises so you have to do a process of elimination and verify if the noise is still there and it is coming from the vehicle. My favorite story was the customer's zipper on his jacket, we could hear the noise while driving and when I grabbed his zipper the noise stopped lol so you just never know lol. Let me know if this helps and let me know what you find.

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      Sheila 

      5 weeks ago

      it is inside the vehicle.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sheila,

      Is the noise inside or outside the vehicle?

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      Sheila 

      5 weeks ago

      Just a follow up - I have a 2013 Honda Civic. The rattling is like tiny bells or something - hard to explain - it happens when idling and driving. It happened some time ago (months to years) and then went away. Now it is back. I thought maybe when they replaced the cabin filters or something (when this first started a long time ago) they loosened the dash, but then it went away and now it is back. It's very strange. Hope you can help. Thank you.

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      Sheila 

      6 weeks ago

      I have a rattling noise inside my car - it's not outside, it is localized to the front interior. It comes and go. I've opened and closed the glove compartment, checked if my keys are hitting metal, and I can't find anything.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kathy,

      I recommend you start by checking the exhaust heat shields for any that may be loose or rusted. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Kathy 

      6 weeks ago

      My Honda HRV makes a rattling noise when I am idling at a stop sign as soon as I give it gas it stops or if it’s in park it doesn’t do it so much or even neutral what could that be

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      JIM MOSS 

      8 weeks ago

      Thanks Eddie, I will try this time permitting It may be some time before I get back to you.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jim,

      If you're hearing the pump running and the brake pedal is kicking back only on turns I recommend you check a couple of things. Inspect all pick-up rings if this is the type of system that has the rings on the axles, also inspect all connectors for any corrosion at the terminals and the wire harness for any abnormalities. The other problem area would be the axles themselves. inspect the axle nut torque to be sure they are not moving in the hub and the wheel bearings are tight. Let me know if this helps.

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      JIM MOSS 

      8 weeks ago

      Thank you Eddie, you are right but it is only occurring on turning the steering wheel

      what would you suggest I do about it?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jim,

      When the ABS pump is running, you can hear a dull thudding noise and also feel a kickback in the brake pedal, once you take your foot off the brake pedal the noise will stop.

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      Jim Moss 

      2 months ago

      Dull thudding noise and slight bump in front end at slow speed with weight on front end and turning. Could it be ABS malfunction?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tony,

      Check your exhaust system clearance and heat shields, make sure no part is touching the floor and all shields are tight. If you live in a snowy area, make sure there is no ice up against the floorboards. Let me know if this helps, if not we can check a few more things, maybe you can send me a video of the noise or something.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tuliraba,

      I recommend you check the serpentine belt and tensioner, they are known for making a rattling noise.

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      Tony 

      3 months ago

      I have 2016 Mustang GT and when get to 60 to 65 mph I hear rattling sound from the driver's side floorboard. What can that be?

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      Tuliraba Mark Joseph 

      3 months ago

      I have a Honda Elysion 2.4 it has a rattle sound in the engine area when idling and driving. What could this be ? This started after a long distance drive at high speed.

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      Patricia 

      3 months ago

      I have Toyota Camry 2002 my car just started making a knocking noise ever 100 ft I can feel it in the front of my car what could that be it like a thud every 100ft please let me know that’s you

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      kathryn p 

      3 months ago

      I started my 1999 Buick. I was letting

      It warm up. And heard a bang. What is the problem. Also when I drive my car weeks ago it stopped running while driving. What is the problem

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      Val 

      3 months ago

      AUDI A4 DIESEL 2002 was in perfect nick. Had new alternator and belt, car fine. A day later, I start the engine and turn steering wheel in a hard left turn to drive away and a sound like rubbing, squealing, then the engine starts to rattle like hell, I drove 2 hundred yards, pulled up, and before I could oprn the hood, the engine reverted back to its normal sound. Has the mechanic aligned the belt and does my water coolant need to be checked. Am very worried.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Elizabeth,

      Sometimes the exhaust system has a double-lined pipe and the inner pipe become loose or detached causing a rattle, do you think this noise could sound like this issue?

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      Elizabeth Schaeffer 

      3 months ago

      2008 Chrysler town & country van, 135000 miles. Loud rattling constant noise when going uphill until I give it more gas. Then it stops. Always happens between 45 and 60 mph when going uphill. Occasionally happens at lower speeds when going up hill. Spent 3 hours at my son's auto repair shop. They checked everything they knew to check including the transmission. No luck. One of the technicians rode with me so he knows the sound. It cannot be duplicated on the flat. Any ideas before I take it to a Chrysler dealer?

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      Rosa 

      3 months ago

      What could be the problem with my CRVHonda 2002? When I start it there is loud weird sound. I don't where it is coming from. So I have to turn it off. Is it an low oil problem?

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      Christian 

      4 months ago

      My 2005 Dodge Ram 3500 makes a rattling noise in the cabin when I start to accelerate slowly but once I’m accelerated faster it goes away and the sound is coming from the steering column. Can u please help me

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Violet,

      Make sure the air cleaner housing cover and tube are correctly installed and I also recommend you remove the mass-airflow sensor again and blow it out with light air pressure like from a can of air for your computer keyboard. The mass-airflow sensor is very sensitive and all it takes is a human hair across the sensor to give a false reading.

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      Violet 

      4 months ago

      Hi Eddie..My service engine light came out.The code was for a bad Max airflow sensor.Replaced it and knocking and shuddering atill happening on passenger side.Please help me.I have spent so much money already and everything thats replaced doesnt change it

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Abdul.

      I think you have two separate problems. I recommend you have the front suspension checked for any loose or worn parts and also have the exhaust heatshields checked for any loose or rusted parts.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Michael,

      I recommend you check the external engine belt tensioner first, if it's ok,we'll have to dig deeper.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Danielle,

      I recommend you check all the exhaust heat shields to be sure they are tight, also check all plastic splash shields around the wheels and under the engine, if any of them are loose they will flap in the wind when driving down the road. Let me know you find :)

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bradley,

      It may have something to do with the emission system purging fuel vapors since you just filled up the tank. Is the noise coming from the front of the vehicle or rear?

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      Bradley W 

      5 months ago

      Hi Eddie.

      I drive a 2011 Chrysler Town & Country. Approx 62,000 miles. Drove it for about 30 minutes including tank fill-up tonight, parked in the garage & didn't notice any problems. Went to put something in the garage approx 2 hrs after parking it, & noticed a noise coming from the underside of the van. The best way to describe it is air coming through a vent (like heat in your house coming through the floor or ceiling register). I thought it was some sort of fan running, but checked the engine & no noises from the engine. It's enough of a running/fan-type, constant whooshing-ish noise that I ruled out leaking tires. I have no idea what this noise could be or why it's happening as I've never heard it before & owned the vehicle for approx 3-4 yrs (since about 30k miles). I'm hoping you can help identify what that noise could be or give me an idea how to diagnose. Thank you for your assistance!

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      Danielle 

      5 months ago

      I have a 2007 Trailblazer SS and at about 20 mph, there is a rattle that almost sounds like rattling aluminum cans dragging. It is so annoying, but only happens when I reach 20 mph or higher.

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      Michael 

      5 months ago

      I have murano 2005, the car suddenly developed a fault of knocing sound after few minutes of drive both while idling and on speed . The car does mot lose power while making the noise but the engibe turns off intermittently. Ive done oil change yet still the same . The sound does not come at staring in the morning

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      Abdul 

      5 months ago

      hello

      I got Toyota Estima hybrid 2008

      When I’m driving on rough road or going through speed humps, I can hear clicking or grinding sounds And Steering wheel shakes. On normal road drives fine

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jenn,

      So does this happen when you're starting the truck or when you're shutting it off after driving for a while? Is the engine running on after the key is turned off and then eventually stalls out? Let me know, thanks.

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      Jennifer Guerra 

      5 months ago

      I have a 1995 chevy blazer 4x4 and a couple of days ago my truck start to make a grind nosie when i turn my truck off and it tries to turn it self back on i bought a starter cuz that what i though was wrong with it but with the new one it still makes that noise what do you think what could wrong can you help me oit

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tiffany,

      Wheel bearing noise is very consistent, maybe one of the rotor backing plates is to close to the rotor? Without hearing the noise it's only a guess. Can you take a video, upload it to YouTube and send me the link?

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      Tiffany 

      5 months ago

      My 2017 Toyota 4 runner has a noise from driver side like a groaning noise , it’s louder on gravel and when it rains , it’s not consistent . We changed the wheel barren and struct what can it be

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Vince,

      Is the noise coming from the engine or do you think it's coming from the vehicle suspension?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kimber629,

      He may not be a car guy but ignoring a serious problem will not make it go away. It's possible a caliper was freezing up causing the noise but without hearing it I'm just guessing. Let me know if you figured it out.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kathu,

      Your vehicle is still under warranty, if you're worried about the noise, bring it into the dealer and have them check it. out

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      Kimber629 

      5 months ago

      On our 2015 Kia Optima, we have been hearing a noise like loose gravel ticking around on the drivers side in the rear. We were headed home on I-35 from OK and we heard a LOUD thud from back there and now the gravel sound is louder ( hubby refuses to stop on the interstate to check it out! He’s NOT a car guy!). He SAYS he didn’t see anything fall off. ?? Thanks!!!

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      vince 

      5 months ago

      when driving my 2009 hyundai accent, i hear a tapping noise. but when i let off the gas petal and let it coast it stops making noise.

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      Kathu 

      5 months ago

      2020 santa make loud noisr whr you are accelerating. Engine to small should i.got.onr with toque

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Brenda,

      I recommend you check the power steering fluid level (or is it electric PS? ) to start. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Check the exhaust heat shields for any small pebbles or loose hardware.

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      5 months ago

      I hear a rattling sound at times when i turn 2016 malibu off

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      Brenda 

      5 months ago

      I have a 2012 Prius when I turn the steering wheel to the left and the right it makes a noise kind of a grinding noise we check to see if something was rubbing nothing worse it only does it when you’re driving slower and you’re turning what could it be

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      OK Rob,

      Let me know if I can help in any other way.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Thullani,

      What is the year, make, model, and mileage? Where is the smoke coming from, the vents? Is it visible? Is your AC on and is it very humid?

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      Thulani 

      5 months ago

      Hi Eddy why is smoke coming inside of my car when driving especially when climbing

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      Rob 

      6 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Unfortunately, I do not have the means to upload to Youtube.

      I did notice that after driving in the rain the squeal disappeared. It came back today. I am guessing some rubber component or such must be dried out. I will inspect the suspension and stearing components more closely within the next few days.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rob,

      Is there any way you could take a video of the noise, upload it to YouTube and send me the link, my contact email is located up by my picture on the top of the page. Let me know, thanks.

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      Rob 

      6 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      The power steering fluid is at it's proper level and clean. I checked for the tire rubbing against the body or suspension, steering component. No indication of any rubbing found. It only happens when turning the wheel all the way left while moving slowly. It does seem to be increasing in volume.

      As a side note, the front rotors and brake pads were replaced a month ago. The van tracks true and stops fine. The fact that the volume is increasing concerns me more than the squeal itself.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Herb,

      You'll need to replace the bearing, but if you have never done it before, it's a good idea to have someone who's knowledgable help you or have it replaced professionally.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rob,

      Have you checked the power steering fluid level yet? Let me know, thanks.

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      Rob 

      6 months ago

      03 Odyssey makes a squealing/moaning noise while turning hard left slowly. This is the only time it happens.

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      herb hollar 

      6 months ago

      I have a hyundia 2011 sante fe I have a noise on right side sound like a bearing , how tough to fix it

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Macc,

      It sounds to me like either you have a bad starter or the battery has a bad cell. I'm not clear on your story but I understand bit's a pieces.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Nice Lescas, glad you got it squared away with very little pain lol. Keep this shops phone #, it's not every day you get treatment like that :)

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      Lescas 

      6 months ago

      Hi eddie

      It was the lower control arm only. Thank goodness.

      Good guys....only charged me what i stated previously.

      I felt bad cause they had my car 2 days....but he insisted on the 187.00 only.

      Alls well that drives well.

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      Lescas 

      6 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      Happy Friday

      The mechanic said the lower control arm is bent $187.64..right side.

      At first he thought it was the strut.Ball joint is good.

      He checked the mounts....all good phew!

      They've had my car a few days now which is fine with me.

      I appreciate the meticulousness.

      Ok....ill completely fill in when all is said and done.

      Have a good weekend :)

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      Macc 

      6 months ago

      Tahoe 2006 wen turn on truck a makes a click sound an then I don’t hear nothing.i have the truck on park an accelerate it an the lo of the Gas an that’s wen it makes a rattle noise only wen I let go of the gas an it does it sometimes only

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Sounds good Lescas :)

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      Lescas 

      6 months ago

      Hello again

      So i brought it in this morning....lets see what happens.

      Ill get back to you.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Stacey,

      This is just a guess but maybe your rotors have impressions from the brake pads? Do you hear it when braking as well?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      You're welcome Lescas, if the noise persists I recommend replacing the ball joint in question. Keep me posted :)

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      Reggie 

      6 months ago

      I have a 2014 dodge durando once I start the the truck after a few min the it start to make a pumping noise then goes away then come back again

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      Lescas 

      6 months ago

      Hi eddie..thanks for the reply.

      So i had another 2 guys look at it and the re greased a few things and it was fine afterwards. Then this am it was noticeable again. Now this afternoon...gone.

      They figured things were kinda dried out and things needed greasing.

      Im hoping its nothing major

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      Stacey Belanger 

      6 months ago

      I have a 2004 jeep liberty sports addition 3.7 liter what would be causing it when driving to hear a thud noise sounds like i have a flat tire does it at all speeds.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kerry,

      I recommend you start by inspecting the external engine belt and belt tensioner, sometimes they can make noise on acceleration. You could also ask another HubPage writer called HardlyMoving, He's a Toyota guy. Here's the link to his profile https://hubpages.com/@hardlymoving

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lescas,

      If the noise subsided after they greased the ball joint and then came back, I recommend you replace that ball joint, it may be internally damaged. Let me know how you make out, thanks.

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      Lescas 

      6 months ago

      Hello..I have a 2009 honda civic.

      103.000 miles

      I am getting a creaky suspension sound in my front end when I step on the gas. I took my car to a local honda dealership, they greased the balljoint and the noise setteled down for a few days. Its back, with a vengeance!

      I cannot fix this myself I'll need a mechanic...just asking mostly cause its driving me nuts. Thanks

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      Kerry Miller 

      6 months ago

      I have a 2005 Toyota Sienna with 47,000 miles on it. I am hearing a fluttering noise coming from engine when I accelerate. There is no engine light on and seems to be shifting gears fine. I am wondering if it could be something major to fix if needed. Thanks

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      Sammy Wood 

      6 months ago

      i have a 2006 Nissan Altima 3.5L SE when i start it after it has set for a while it starts hard and rough making alot of noise. Then it idles rough and gets really bad when i turn the AC on. Have know clue what it might be. HELP

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      Roxanna Harvey 

      6 months ago

      Eddie,

      We have not heard the noise since tightening the shields. I feel confident that your advice solved the problem. Thanks so much.

      Roxanna

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Roxanna,

      You're welcome :) It's been a few days, how's the noise now?

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      Mika 

      7 months ago

      I have a 2002 Honda Accord se 4 cylinder & I hear clunking noise while driving and it pops when I’m making a turn. What could it be?

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      Tom Duslak 

      7 months ago

      I own a 2019 Volkswagen GTI with 2000 miles on the odometer. I started hearing a clunking noise coming from the right passenger dash area when going over larger bumps on the right side of the car. Going over the same sized bumps on the left side of the car does not produce the noise. There is nothing in the glove compartment or other items in the car when producing this noise. What could be causing this noise?

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      Roxanna Harvey 

      7 months ago

      Eddie,

      Thanks so much for your ideas! My husband found two loose components. The shield underneath, on one side the plastic “bolt” was not secure so he tightened it. Underneath the hood he found one fastener on that top shield not secured so he snapped that in. It may take a few days to be sure the sound is gone but I am optimistic. It does seem like a vibration noise related to wind. We really appreciate your expertise.

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      Mary Jane 

      7 months ago

      I just noticed that when I back up my car is making a grinding noise . Not when I go forward just backing up

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Roxanna,

      First I would check all plastic splash shields under the engine and the fender wells, most likely one or more shields is not secure and when the 60 mph wind hits it, they either vibrate or touch the tire so start with the shields and let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Roxanna Harvey 

      7 months ago

      I hit a deer with our 2016 Honda Pilot. Repair included replacing both fenders, hood, and radiator. When we drive it at about 60 miles an hour it occasionally makes a brief sound almost like a low pitched horn. It is so brief and so intermittent that we can’t reproduce it or record it. I don’t mind ignoring it but I am concerned it might get worse or be harbinger of another problem so I would like to deal with it while insurance is paying if possible. Any ideas?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cathy,

      I'm not really sure on this one, maybe the transmission is slipping or the engine is misfiring?

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      Cathy Holmes 

      7 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ann,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jen,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Aznlm,

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

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      aznlm2003 

      7 months ago

      Hi There,

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

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      JenJen01 

      7 months ago

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

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      Ann 

      7 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Davey,

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

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      daveyS 

      8 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amiaaa,

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

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