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

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

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

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

Common Car Noises and Their Likely Causes

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

1. Clicking Noise While Turning

Probable Cause: Failed outer CV joint

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

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

What Are CV Joints?

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

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

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

How to Fix It

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

Noise From the CV Joint When Turning

2. Water Pump Noises

Probable Cause: Failed water pump

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

How to Verify the Sound Is Coming From Water Pump

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

Replacing It

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

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

Great Example of a Water Pump Noise

Using a Screwdriver Like a Stethoscope

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

3. Squeak or Squeal From an Engine Belt

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

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

Does Belt Dressing Work?

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

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

What May Cause an Engine Belt to Squeak or Squeal

4. Exhaust Heat Shield Noises

Probable Cause: Damaged heat shield

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

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

How to Fix It

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

Exhaust Heat Shield Rattle

A Car-Buying Secret

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

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

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

Ask Someone About Your Noise

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

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

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More by Eddie Carrara on Car Noises

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

Bonus Noise: Scraping Noise From Wheel

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

Questions & Answers

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

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    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      7 days 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 

      7 days 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 

      9 days 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 

      10 days 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 

      11 days 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 

      3 weeks 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 

      3 weeks 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 

      3 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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 

      4 weeks 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 

      4 weeks 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 

      4 weeks 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 

      4 weeks 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 

      4 weeks 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 

      4 weeks 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 

      4 weeks 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 

      5 weeks 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 

      5 weeks 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 

      5 weeks 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 

      5 weeks 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 

      5 weeks ago

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

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      Nellie 

      5 weeks ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 weeks 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 

      6 weeks 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 

      6 weeks 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 

      6 weeks 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 

      6 weeks 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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      8 weeks 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 

      8 weeks 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 

      2 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 

      2 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 

      2 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 

      2 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 

      2 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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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amy,

      What does the rattle sound like, is it metal, plastic, or rubber sound? Is the noise constant or intermittent? Do you hear it at idle, while driving or both?

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      Amy 

      2 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      My 2006 Lexus IS has been making a rattling sound when idling, more so during start up. Suspecting my oil was low, I drained the oil and replaced the oil filter. The sound is somewhat quieter, but still noticeable and appears to be coming from near the coolant reservoir. I haven't had leaking coolant, overheating or steaming so I'm not sure whether it could be the water pump. Any advice would be great thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bethanyrea,

      The first thing you should have checked is the exhaust heat shields, it's a good possibility that they are loose and either need to be reattached or removed. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Bethanyrae7 

      2 months ago

      Hello! I don't know much about Jeeps, but I have a 97 Jeep Grand Cherokee 4×4 so it is always 4wd, and when it starts, it makes a light click noise that seems to kind of rattle when the Jeep is in park, and every now and then when I shut the engine off, it will make an even louder clunk noise.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kerry,

      I wrote another article about this very question, check it out and maybe it will give you an idea on what to check, the link is https://axleaddict.com/auto-repair/5-Reasons-Why-a...

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      Kerry 

      2 months ago

      My 2010 Toyota RAV4 just started producing a knocking sound on the passenger side

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jacqueline,

      The clicking noise on turns is most likely a CV joint or U-joint, the ticking at idle is internal engine noise possible cam or lifter noise and will have to diagnosed by a mechanic. Hope this helps a little.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Linda,

      Without going into a lengthy reply, check out this other article I wrote that might help diagnose and explain your noise. https://axleaddict.com/auto-repair/Knocking-or-Tic...

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      Linda 

      3 months ago

      Have a 2006 Impala, it has a knocking noise after I’ve drove about 30 miles and it’s idling. Please tell me what it could be. Thanks

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kristy,

      Not really the vehicle to be mudding in lol. Sounds like you may have broken an axle, let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Kristy 

      3 months ago

      Hi I went mudding today in my 2007 Chevy Aveo and afterwards it was clicking and grinding the front end driver side for maybe a quarter mile and then it had no power and continued to grind constantly it would just grind in any gear and wouldn't move

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mike, I recommend checking the engine belt tension and condition to start. If the belt is loose or dried and cracked, replace it or tighten it.

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      Mike 

      3 months ago

      My 2009 Toyota altis have a loud screeching sound from engine whenever I lift my feet off accelerator..when slowing down or parked. The moment I step on accelerator the sound gone.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kevin,

      The noises you're hearing are normal, as long as you don't hear any clicking when turning and accelerating and no vibration under hard acceleration the axles should be ok.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Samantha,

      I don't have a good answer for you. The clicking noise may have been a CV joint noise but this wouldn't cause any issues as far as tire wear goes.

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      Samantha 

      3 months ago

      I’ve got 2008 Chevy impala that I recently bought from a mechanic but as I was driving out of his garage with it while in reverse and turning the wheel all the way to the right I heard multiple clicking noises coming from what sounded like the passenger side front tire and he said that it was normal now 2 months later my tires in which he said were brand new are now complete shot in the front one blew and right after when getting on the freeway I heard knocking which sounded like it was coming from the glove box the other tire has metal comin out of it and the two back tires still look brand new but when I brought it in to get an alignment they said they couldn’t do it because something is Bent under there somewhere they didn’t know what it was also the day I bought it I was sent to another mechanic to replace a tire sensor that was bad and i guess the guy didn’t even replace it and Now it’s back at the mechanics that sold it to me so they can find the problem, the thing is he’s saying I must’ve hit something and I know I didn’t and so I’m wondering if the clicking noise that wasn’t fixed and the sensor that was never replaced if that could be the cause of these problems? Please help?

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      Richard Brosius 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2014 Honda Accord sedan with 35,000 miles, a month or two ago it started making flapping noise in the front. It sounds like a panel or shield is loose. There is no vibration. It is most noticable when above 40 mph but it doesn't change with a change in speed. Could it be a problem with the tires? My dealer just rotated the tires and that had no affect on the noise.

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      Kevinmac53 

      4 months ago

      Hi,

      2010 Acura V6 TSX, replaced passenger side wheel bearing, and both passenger and drivers side CV Axles. I notice going into reverse I get a slight clunk. Checked both front and rear motor mounts seem ok! When the car is in park, I rock the car back and forth and notice a clicking noise, on the drivers side in the location of the differential and drivers side axle where it goes into the differential! How much movement should I get in park, could this be the inner joint of the new axle! Could it be a taper bearing in the differential. Both axles are aftermarket new not remanufactured. Thanks in advance for your input!

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      ronny 

      4 months ago

      noise from wheel when step x-sanaretor when I put neutral noise is gone please help

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Julie,

      Do you know if the noise is inside or outside the vehicle? Is the vehicle still under factory warranty? Could you take a video of the noise and send it to me?

      Let me know, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joe,

      Did you check your exhaust for any loose heat shields or maybe a rattle inside the exhaust system, maybe like a double lined pipe that has become separated?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sarah,

      I recommend checking your power steering fluid level, top it off if its low. If the fluid level is ok, have your engine belt checked for signs of wear and if the belt is loose.

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      Sarah 

      4 months ago

      2005 Chevy Malibu when started today made a whining type noise coming from engine. I continued to drive it and it stopped as I drove, but the noise came back every time I would slow down or stop completely. What's going on??

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      Joe 

      4 months ago

      2000 mustang gt rattling metal sound while moderate acceleration and fully warmed up. Gets worse the warmer motor gets. Nothing revving out of gear and nothing wirh serp. belt off.

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      Giulietta7 

      4 months ago

      Hi Eddie, I have a 2015 Nissan rogue AWD SL - I purchased it this past June, 2018. Today, I noticed a noise from my front passenger area when I come to a full stop (my foot still on the brakes). Once I take my foot off the brakes, the noise stops. The noise sounds like a small slow motor. I'm hoping you can help me figure out what this noise is a result of. Thank you, Julie

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      Roe 

      4 months ago

      Hi Eddie, I have a 2007 Nissan Xterra that has been making a faint noise only when I accelaterate (any speed -whenever my foot is on the gas pedal). No one else has been able to hear it. The mechanic has done a few things most recently replacing the serpentine belt but I continue to hear the noise.The best way I can describe the sound is when your tires are spinning in ice. It's like a small motor being stressed. Appreciate any thoughts- thank you!!

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rob,

      Sounds like you may have a wheel bearing starting to fail.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lisa,

      There is something stuck in the heater fan (blower motor). At this time of the year mice look for a warm place to live and your car may that place. At this point you can try to remove the pollen filter and reach into the motor to remove any debris, just make sure the car is off co you don't hurt your fingers in a spinning fan. Check out this article https://axleaddict.com/auto-repair/Can-Rodents-Mic...

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      Lisa 

      5 months ago

      Hi, I have a 2015 Ford Escape SE. This morning, I turned my car on, put the heat on max and went to brush the snow and ice off my car. When I returned into my car I noticed that the heat was very loud. It sounded similar to that of someone blowing a blade of grass between their lips, except a lot louder. I also noticed it seemed like my whole car was vibrating pretty intense. While driving it down the road I turned off the air, and everything went quiet, and stopped making noise. When I turned the heat on again, it started the noise and vibrations instantly. I tried turning the heat down to a normal driving tempature, and it still made the noise. Any ideas as to what it could be? (I'm leaving on a month long road trip in 2 weeks, and thought I just finished doing all that was needed; 2 front wheel bearings, all new tires, oil change, and replaced front right lower ball joint).

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      Rob Rigby 

      5 months ago

      I have a 2013 Chevrolet Spark and there’s a droning Noise when I get other 20 mph

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Michelle,

      I recommend having the sway bar links and bushing checked for looseness and play, that is a very common rattle on odysseys.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Elsiej,

      I think what you're hearing is possible brake pad impressions on the rotors or tire noise. Maybe this video will help identify the noise. https://youtu.be/QPf2ibWgBm8

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tamara,

      A heat shield is usually either attached to the exhaust system or mounted around the exhaust system, that's all a heat shield does is reflect heat away from combustable material or parts that should get hot, it shields parts from the heat. Your mechanic may have removed the under engine splash shield to perform an oil change, and yes they may have left something loose. I recommend bringing it back to that mechanic so they can check their workmanship, something could be dragging.

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      Tamara Rogers 

      5 months ago

      Never heard the word heat shield until I owned my 2015 Ford Focus I had an oil change recently I have no idea if that's something they like open up or something to do the oil change maybe there's a screw missing that was my thought but I really don't know what the heat shield is for but I feel like when I'm driving that all the time but there's like a scraping noise like something's hanging down in the front sounds like it's in the front would that have anything to do with them doing a recent oil change on my car which I just had about a week and a half ago before that never heard the noise

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      Elsiej 

      5 months ago

      2012 Ford focus. Hollow metal thumping from right front or across front seat area (under the car). The sound does not get much louder but more of it or faster when accelerating. It seems to be less or not at all when the weather is cold. It seems to happen between 35-45 mph.

      Nothing changes with turning or veering.

      First, replaced bent rim of left front tire. Sound persisted.

      Second, rotated tires to back. Sound changed but is still there.

      Third, diagnosed with transmission problems (known issue with this car and Ford) dealership replaced module, clutches, reprogrammed, etc. The car drives much better but the noise is still there.

      After listening to the vid on brakes and rotor pans.? it almost sounds like that but not as tinny or sharp and not at all scraping.

      Any ideas?

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      Michelle 

      5 months ago

      My 2004 Honda Odyssey rattles on the driver side only when I'm on gravel not on pavement and has started to make it like I can feel a vibration to my foot on the gas pedal when I accelerate and it kind of feels like something's holding it back .

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      Ted hollis 

      5 months ago

      I have a 2005 Mercury sable, and it makes a hissing air noise when driving it.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jon,

      It's possible either the water pump or alternator bearing is starting to fail but you'll need to get it diagnosed to be sure.

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      Sasha 

      5 months ago

      When I start my car and put it in drive there is a loud drumming sound coming from the back

      2001 neon just had all new struts put on and now the noise is getting louder

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      jonschmick 

      5 months ago

      I have a 2007 Toyota Rav 4 with 115000 miles on it - no trouble with it, but the other day when I started the engine, I notice a soft howl (not loud or high pitched) only at low RPM (800 to 1500) tough it does increase in volume as the RPM's increase - then after the RPM's get to about 2000 the sound goes away. After a while it when away after a few miles - it stopped. Today, when I started the engine, it was there again. All the oil levels are fine. I cannot hear specifically where it is coming from. Could it be a belt wearing out?

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      Caron 

      6 months ago

      I’m looking at a used car ( a Saab 1.8 3-9 linea)

      As it warmed up it started squealing- High pitches but not as loud as belt noise. It’s had new pads. It’s done 144,000 miles and at 139,000 it was drained because previous owner overfilled it with oil by 1.5 litres. All oil was removed but bit of smoke still from exhaust as it warms up too.

      The squealing didn’t start till warmed up a bit. It has been sitting for six months in garage.

      What do you think?

      Instinctively I think it may be ok but that might just be because I like it! My budget is tiny

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      TONE 

      6 months ago

      my 2002 Acura cl 4dr makes a high growling sound only at high speeds

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      Tonywiltshire 

      6 months ago

      Knocking noise from engine only starts when gets warm insigni opel

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      Shirley Olt 

      6 months ago

      my stabilitrak service and indicator lights come on when I make some sharp turns of my steering wheel???

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      Barbara 

      6 months ago

      My 2013 Chevy Spark makes wining noise coming from back area I went to the dealer & they could not find anything it does it once in awhile bg

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi James,

      It's possible one of your inner CV joints has a problem. I recommend having both checked out for leaks and looseness.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Robert,

      Does this look like the sensor? https://amzn.to/2OcPIxx

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      James tosten 

      6 months ago

      My car doesnt shake or nothing. But when i drive over 20 miles per hour. The car makes a knocking almost like a popping noise. N it gets louder as u pick up speed. First thought was wheel bearing. But its nkt when im turning. Its making the noise even driving straight. What do u think it is?

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      RobertAndValerie 

      6 months ago

      Question... We have a 1988 NIssan Pulsar and the MAF A36-000B30 needs replaced... and there are non in the market... The sensor is attached to the side of the throttle body....

      Any ideas on how to Move Forward and get this car running again... It starts immediately but Idles rough and stalls as soon as it heats up when driven, making it an unreliable vehicle... This car is still beautiful and was kept in the garage by the former owner....

      What do we do when there is no replacement part... Any Ideas : )

      Thanks so much...

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sherry,

      Where was the smoke coming from, under the hood?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Karen,

      It sounds like you're describing a CV joint noise on sharp turns and when accelerating. I recommend having the front outer CV joints checked for play and leaks.

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      Karen 

      7 months ago

      2001 montero Mitch a poping sound in front wheel when I turn left and under the front of the suv while driving sometimes the 4by4was taken out what’s going on

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      Sherry 

      7 months ago

      2015 Jeep Patriot with 84600 miles. Going 45 mph today heard a flapping noise and then smelled and saw smoke when I pulled over. The sound made me think a belt had broke. A friends boyfriend came and couldn’t visually see an issue, the noise had stopped but there was still some smoke. Please help, thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Juraimi,

      I'm not sure what noise you're taking about by your description. What type of noise do you hear? Is it a tapping, growling, humming, rapping, flutter, whistle, chirping, rubbing, etc...?

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