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

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

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

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

Common Car Noises and Their Likely Causes

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

1. Clicking Noise While Turning

Probable Cause: Failed outer CV joint

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

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

What Are CV Joints?

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

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

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

How to Fix It

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

Noise From the CV Joint When Turning

2. Water Pump Noises

Probable Cause: Failed water pump

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

How to Verify the Sound Is Coming From Water Pump

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

Replacing It

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

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

Great Example of a Water Pump Noise

Using a Screwdriver Like a Stethoscope

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

3. Squeak or Squeal From an Engine Belt

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

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

Does Belt Dressing Work?

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

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

What May Cause an Engine Belt to Squeak or Squeal

4. Exhaust Heat Shield Noises

Probable Cause: Damaged heat shield

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

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

How to Fix It

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

Exhaust Heat Shield Rattle

A Car-Buying Secret

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

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

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

Ask Someone About Your Noise

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

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

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More by Eddie Carrara on Car Noises

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

Bonus Noise: Scraping Noise From Wheel

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

Questions & Answers

  • I just got a 2015 Toyota Camry. It idles quietly, and can drive under 45 mph. I don't hear any sounds until I take it close to 50 mph and let off the gas pedal, in which case I will hear a knocking sound. The sound will cease when I slow down, and I won't hear it until I go around 50 mph again. There are no warning lights on the car, nor is there a noise until I get over 50 mph. What is happening, and what should I do?

    It sounds like maybe a CV joint. You should have a 5/50 powertrain warranty, so call the dealer and ask.

  • My 2013 G37x started making a low humming noise that sounded like it was coming from the left rear wheel. It starts when I get to about 40 mph and I can only hear it when the back rear window is open. The car only has 26k miles on it. What might it be?

    If you hear it with the window open, most likely it uneven tire wear.

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

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

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

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

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      Adamcockburn 

      25 hours ago

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

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      Betty 

      25 hours ago

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

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      Chloe Smith 

      29 hours ago

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

      cloe.rose94@gmail.com

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      Glen 

      3 days ago

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

    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      5 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Denise,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alan,

      Can you describe the noise?

    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      5 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lois,

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

    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      5 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mildred,

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

    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      5 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jason,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joe,

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

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      joe 

      6 days ago

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

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      Jason 

      6 days ago

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

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      MILDRED CAUFIELD 

      7 days ago

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

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      Lois Swan 

      9 days ago

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

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      Alan 

      9 days ago

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

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      Denise 

      10 days ago

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

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      Eddy muwanguzi 

      3 weeks ago

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

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      Suze 

      3 weeks ago

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

    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Danielle,

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

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      Danielle Jones 

      3 weeks ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Pete,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jim,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Maurice,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Noftall,

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

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      A noftall 

      4 weeks ago

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

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      Maurice Glaude 

      4 weeks ago from Mobile, AL

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

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      Jim N 

      4 weeks ago

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

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      Pete i999 

      4 weeks ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steve,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Trevor,

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

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      Trevor 

      4 weeks ago

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

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      Steve Procuk 

      4 weeks ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Wendy,

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

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      Wendy L Warren 

      5 weeks ago

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

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      Amanda 

      5 weeks ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mary Lou,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Betty,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sandra,

      Did you check your exhaust system heatshields?

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      Sandra 

      6 weeks ago

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

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      Betty 

      6 weeks ago

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

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      Rajesh 

      6 weeks ago

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

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      Baker Perry 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi

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

      Please help.

      B

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      Mary Lou 

      6 weeks ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Anthony,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jmbhawk,

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

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      Jmbhawk 

      6 weeks ago

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

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      Anthony 

      6 weeks ago

      G’day Eddie,

      I have an Audi 2011 S3 automatic.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      New battery.

      New tyres.

      Transmission oil & filter done not so long ago.

      Haldex oil done.

      Low pressure fuel pump done.

      There’s enough brake pads left.

      Coming from underneath the car..

      Anything come to mind what it could be?

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

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Did this happen after the brake job?

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      Jeep Cherokee. 2015 

      7 weeks ago

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

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      Shirley 

      2 months ago

      Hi, l have a Nissan micra.

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

      Why and should l worry ?

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      Kamal 

      2 months ago

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

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      Denise 

      2 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bonnie,

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

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      Bonnie 

      2 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Vicky,

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

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      Vick 

      2 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Christene,

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

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      Christene 

      2 months ago

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

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      Alex 

      2 months ago

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

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

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      BAXTER mcdowell 

      2 months ago

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

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      alex easton 

      2 months ago

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

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      Steven Boomgaarn 

      2 months ago

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

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      Nick 

      2 months ago

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

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      Jacqueline 

      2 months ago

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

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      Jeff simpson 

      2 months ago

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

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      Joe 

      2 months ago

      My truck wont start . It continues to make noise when the keys are not even in the ignition, almost if something is stuck on. Do you know what this might be ?

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      Heather 

      2 months ago

      My 2013 Toyota Corolla le is making a horrible rumbling sound when I start it. It stays doin that when in park and neutral. When in reverse it makes the noise it normally would but in any shift under neutral it's completely silent. Can you help please? Put in oil and transmission fluid and didn't help.

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      Sam Lehloka 

      2 months ago

      My opel astra h 1.6 2008 model is making rattling noise coming from the engine like a chain is loose or something is loose inside and the engine light came on. Its now loosig power on take off and it sounds like old disel car yet its petrol. I also noticed that the radiator fan runs forever as if the car is overheating with no warning.

      What could be wrong?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Catrena,

      You're going to have to speak to the manager of the garage and tell them you've already spent a ton of money to fix the noise and it's not fixed, so either they reimburse you your money or fix the car at no charge, they need to be held accountable, so if it's not fixed, they need to do something to fix it. Let me know what happens or if you need more advice.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Charlette,

      If the noise is no longer there and the car drives normal you shouldn't worry.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi MJ,

      It could be your AC compressor cycling on, AC works with defrost even in the winter FYI (if you live in a cold climate)

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      MJ 

      3 months ago

      My 2003 Altima will thunk once a few seconds after ignition. The sound is very loud and it sounds like it’s coming from overhead. It’s always a single thunk that doesn’t continue while driving.

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      Charlette 

      3 months ago

      I turn my car on and back up than i drove slowly tha i heard a noise came from left side in the front looks like from the tire .I kept driving like 2oo feet and the sound were gone

      What is this mean

      I didnt see and light on my car board

      I have rav 2011

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      Catrena 

      3 months ago

      I need some direction, please. 2013 Chevy Traverse, started making clunking/knocking noises (2-3 at a time, not constant) at front right when turn left or driving over bumps for the past 5 months. I have taken it to the local garage 3 times- first time they couldn't hear it, second time they replaced the front sway bar bushings, third time they said the axle had movement in it and replaced it. The sound is still there! I know nothing about auto mechanics and am becoming a bit frustrated...any suggestions on how I should handle this with the garage? Thank you.

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      Mark 

      3 months ago

      Hey Eddie,

      I have an eight year old mitsubishi challenger and lately I've been noticing a rattling sound whenever the engine get warm. The sound only shows up when the engine gets warm after a few minutes of driving at slow speeds. Any idea where this could be coming from?

      Thanks. I

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Feisal,

      I recommend having the front CV joints checked. Worn CV joints will make a clicking noise on acceleration, and even more pronounced when turning and accelerating. Let me know what you find out, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      It could be a wheel bearing noise. If you start to hear the noise around 25 mph and gets louder with speed I recommend you have the wheel bearings checked out. Let me know if you have more questions, thanks.

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      Im hyper 

      3 months ago

      Hi, I have xpander gls automatic trasnmission, and its making noise when lm driving, its like an echo sound just like microphone’s echo ..I wore my seatbelt and checked the hndbreak, it was all ok and there was no warning sign in the dashboard? What could be the problem?

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      feisal 

      3 months ago

      hi, i have a Nissan Note 2010, it makes a cracking sound when accelerating, the moment you release your foot on the accelerator it stops. also struggles a bit in accelerating after passing a bump.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jose,

      It sounds like your catalytic converter is clogged or your exhaust has a restriction and exhaust is leaking (blowing) out one of the gaskets or weak points. A clogged catalytic converter will also cause a loss of power. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Jose 

      3 months ago

      Hey Eddie, I have an 05 Altima it’s making a blowing noise when accelerate but it loses power when I accelerate as well. What can the problem?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Diana,

      If you feel something is wrong, you're most likely right. So what you're saying is the car doesn't need to be moving to hear the noise? I had a car the other day who's exhaust system was push against the floor from going over a snow bank and would make the whole car shake at idle. Wheel bearings will only make noise when the car is moving so I would take a close look at the exhaust system and hangers, motor mounts and transmission mounts. Let me know if you have more questions.

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      Diana 

      3 months ago

      Hi Eddie

      My Altima makes a humming sound when in drive and especially when accelerating. The floorboard feels like it’s vibrating while in drive as well. I’ve had the bearings checked, and I’ve had it looked at three times in the past month and a half and nothing has been found majorly wrong..but the sound just won’t go away. Are the mechanics missing something ?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Devora,

      It's possible the alternator is making a high pitched noise, it pretty common or maybe even the serpentine belt?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steve,

      It sounds like your brake pad wear indicator is touching the rotor warning you the brake pads are getting low. I recommend having a thorough brake inspection done on the vehicle.

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      Devora Mitchell 

      3 months ago

      My 1995 ES300 Lexus (280,000 miles) good car is making a whistling noise when I first turn the car on (it starts right away) and whistles and continues intermittently as I drive. There is no engine light on-could it still be connected to a vacuum hose or line?

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      steve 

      3 months ago

      When driving every now and again a noise like a flat battery on a fire alarm

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      Nellie 

      3 months ago

      There is a noise when I sometimes put my foot on the gas. What does that mean?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lisa, If it's making noise when turning an accelerating from a stop, the most likely problem is an outer CV joint. It's possible one of the CV joint boot is torn and it has lost some grease. I recommend checking each outer CV boot for any damage to start. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Lisa 

      3 months ago

      Hi Eddie. Our little Honda jazz has decided to make a flapping noise as we drive away, kind of like the noise makes if you put your finger in those hand held fans you get! Doesn't do it when turning, only when pulling off. Weird! Any suggestions please? Thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Trifonio,

      I recommend having the tires checked first, it sounds like you may have uneven tire wear. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Trifonio milana 

      3 months ago

      I have Mazda 3 hatchback while running for about 20-30 miles/ hr back of the car gets noisy about 60 -70miles was okay not noisy

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      Lori 

      3 months ago

      Hi - I hit black ice and the left side of my 2016 Jeep renegade wound up in a snow bank. That was over a week ago. My Jeep seems louder when accelerating (no noise at idle) and like a droning/plane landing sound when I slow down (not brake, just lifting off the accelerator). It seemed fine after I hit the snow bank (no exterior damage) but could I have “broken” something underneath? Thanks!!

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      4 months ago

      I have a 2010 Nissan Altima that has been making a rattling/vibration sound when driving but as soon as I brake it stops. I’ve taken it to two shops and both didn’t find anything majorly wrong with it and just sent me on my way. If it’s so minor what the heck is so noisy? Can a loose heat shield cause vibration feeling during drive?

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      Riderstan 

      4 months ago

      Eddie—

      I have a 2019 Toyota Avalon Limited with 2500 miles. Recently we have been noticing an intermittent low frequency fluttering noise above 50-60 mph. It occurs on all types of road surfaces and with differing wind conditions. It almost sounds like we have picked up a piece of cardboard that is catching the wind. My first thought was that a splash shield was loose somewhere. I took it into the service department at the dealer. They checked and found nothing. After a few weeks more I took it in again and had the service manager ride with me to have him hear it. He said it was probably the low profile tires. I could possibly believe this if it was constant. But no, it is only intermittent. Any thoughts?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rinny,

      Does the noise change at all when braking or turning? Is the noise still there? Sorry so late with my reply.

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      Jacq 

      4 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      We just bought a 2019 Honda HR-V. Took it to the dealership because we had a rattling noise coming from the exhaust system. They told us the cars after 2016 have a new exhaust system and so when the car is cold, the catalytic converter needs to get warm. When it's cold the set up opens up and thats why we hear the rattling noise. When the car is warm, the noise should quiet down. We have a video and it was cold that night. The rattling noise was loud. Today, they said no loud noise was heard when the car was on the lift. When we got the car back, the noise was significantly quieter. They said it was nothing to worry about and that no holes were seen as one of our friends had suggested. So, we left believing all is well. Is this all true? I just want to be sure.

      Thanks!

      Jacq

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      rinny123 

      4 months ago

      2001 BMW. Was at cruising speed on flat highway, then high pitch and now clunking sound from left rear. thoughts? Not even sure where to start.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Judy,

      Is this a new car for you? Have you owned it for a while? Is the noise one whooshing noise or is it constant until you slow down?

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      Judy 

      4 months ago

      I have a 2013 fj cruiser Toyota and today it made aloud whoshing sound when I’m doing 70 or over on the high way didn’t do it when driving on the side streets only highway thanks

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