Four Common Car Noises

Updated on November 16, 2016
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Eddie spent 33 years in the automotive business with Honda. He is an ASE certified master technician.

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

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

Common Car Noises and Their Likely Causes

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

1. Clicking Noise While Turning

Probable cause: Failed outer CV joint

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

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

What Are CV Joints?

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

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

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

How to Fix It

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

Noise From the CV Joint When Turning

2. Water Pump Noises

Probable cause: Failed water pump

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

How to Verify the Sound Is Coming From Water Pump

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

Replacing It

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

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

Great Example of a Water Pump Noise

Using a Screwdriver Like a Stethoscope

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

3. Squeak or Squeal from an Engine Belt

Probable cause: Engine belts need adjustment or replacement

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

Belt Dressing

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

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

What May Cause An Engine Belt to Squeak or Squeal

4. Exhaust Heat Shield Noises

Probable cause: Damaged heat shield

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

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

How to Fix It

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

Exhaust Heat Shield Rattle

A Car-Buying Secret

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

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

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

Ask Someone About Your Noise

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

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

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More by Eddie Carrara on Car Noises

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

Bonus Noise: Scraping Noise From Wheel

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      Eddie Carrara 25 hours ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dustin,

      Sorry for the late reply. The noise sounds like a bearing of some sort off the engine belts. It's either the water pump, AC compressor, Alternator, or belt tensioner. Hope this helps, and let me know if you have any other questions, thanks.

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      Tera Cringan 4 days ago

      I have a 2008 Camry me and it makes a hissing noise that seems to be coming from back of car when car is running. It is constant and doesn't seem to change when pressing the gas what could it be?

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      Dustin Mitchell 7 days ago

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      Dustin Mitchell 7 days ago

      was thinking it could be one of the belts, thank you

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      Eddie Carrara 7 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dustin,

      I recommend having your external belts inspected for cracks, if they look good have them tightened, if you have an automatic tensioner, replace the serpentine belt. Let me know if the noise goes away :)

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      Dustin Mitchell 7 days ago

      its like a squealing/chirping noise best I can described, more chirping. It only does that on idle in drive or revered and one you put on the gas it goes away.I notice too when I put on the ac or the back window defroster the noise gets little bit more louder and when I turn the wheel at stop on idle you can get it to stop for a second. I will try to record it next time. The noise goes away also when I drive it for the first time for the day about 30 mins and wont hear till the next day

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      Eddie Carrara 7 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dustin,

      What does the noise sound like? Plastic, metal, rubber, tin, rattle, groan, rumble, crackle, etc??? Can you take a video of the noise, upload it to YouTube and send me the link so I can hear the noise?

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      Dustin Mitchell 9 days ago

      2007 scion tc

      I been noticing some type of noise in my car is really hard to explain but I will try to give you much details. About couple of months ago I been hearing a nose coming from under the hood or near the wheels only on idle, it only makes noise when Im in drive at idle or reversed but goes away as soon as you put on the gas. you can also hear it when turning the wheel at idle, not sure if it has to do with anything with the wheels or turning. The sound goes away in park or N and normally the noise starts mostly in the cold weather but also goes away all togeter after when I drive my car for a while for the day. I checked on youtube for all the noise sounds to try to penpoint the problem but cant find anything close to what Im dealing with. Thanks and if you have any more questions just ask or any info

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      Eddie Carrara 2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Michael,

      Sorry so late with my reply. Most likely it's a bearing on either the water pump, alternator, idler pulley, AC compressor, or power steering pump. The only way to know for sure is to have it diagnosed with either a stethoscope or remove the engine belt and turn each component by had to see which one has drag or is not moving freely. Hope this helps.

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      Michael 2 weeks ago

      2008 KIA Sportage V6 - Arrived home and while sitting/idling a grinding noise started. Opened hood and smelled something burning, grinding noise suddenly got much louder, so I shut off vehicle. Tried running vehicle today, loud grinding noise started immediately on startup. Tried running 2-3 more times with same result. I am afraid of what the grinding noise is doing so car is only on for 3-4 seconds so I can't really find where the noise is coming from under the hood. I first thought it might be a rock or something in the radiator fan burning out the fan motor but the fan spins freely (when vehicle is off I can spin with my finger with no resistance). Under the hood is so darn cramped I can't really see anything below say the top 1/4 of the radiator so there could be another fan I suppose but have no idea where it might be. I checked and the serpentine belt seems to be working with all pulleys spinning freely from what I can tell. I think the noise/smell is from the opposite side of the engine from the serpentine belt but there's so much echoing in the engine bay, I can't be sure. I also feel like I have such a short diagnosis time (3-4 seconds because the grinding/burning can't be a good thing) so don't know how I can find the issue? Do you have any suggestions of things I could try to narrow down the issue before I pay to have the vehicle towed somewhere?

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      Ray 6 weeks ago

      2015 nissan versa. Only in wet weather i have a metal grind coming from the drivers side wheel when releasing brake from a stopped position and moving forward. Sometimes on left turn. Once it's been dry for a few hours its gone.

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      Eddie Carrara 6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Joyce,

      Do you think it may be a wheel bearing noise? I have an article on wheel bearing noises if you would like to check it out.

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      Joyce Springate 7 weeks ago

      2008 Dodge Caravan SXT. The brakes and pads are good. It has had a lube job within the last two months and tires rotated. It is making a moaning and groaning noise. It does not do it all the time. It made a really loud grinding noise when I hit the brake hard and quick for a stop a couple of weeks ago. It drives nicely, no problem with start up, it sounds fine until it hits 30 or 35 miles and hour and then it sounds like a race car. I am missing a bracket in the exhaust pipe, It has been to my mechanic and he just cannot figure what is going on. He has cleaned the brakes and checked everything thoroughly.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lorretta,

      Is it a heavy or light rattle? If it's light, it could be a heat shield on the exhaust that is loose.

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      Yolanda 2 months ago

      I had my oil and transmission fluid changed and now I'm hearing a whining noise that you can hear when I start the car and i can still hear it when I get to 30 mph but after 30 mph it stops making the noise any suggestions

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      Nadine 2 months ago

      Hearing a motor/fan/whislting noise coming from passenger back right side of 2016 Jeep Compass

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Robin,

      Have your brake pad thickness checked, your brake pads may be getting very thin and the wear indicator is the possible cause. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi MrMonte,

      If the vehicle will not move when this happens, most likely it's an internal transmissions problem, possible torque converter.

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      Robin 2 months ago

      My front right tire has a screeching sound when I get about 30 miles per hour

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      MrMonte3800lt 2 months ago

      Im experiencing a thud or knock once in a while when i try to take off rather quickly from a complete stop and im hoping this is not a trans problem.My vehicle will not even move at first when this sound happens,it takes a second to go away then im able to accelerate normally.This only happens about once every 25 or so quicker takeoffs from a complete stop.Any help would be much appreciated,thanks in advance.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Dakota,

      Does the noise go away or is it constant?

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Earle,

      Have you checked the heat shields on the exhaust system yet? It's possible you have one rattling at low speeds or at idle.

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      Dakota heitman 2 months ago

      Hey Eddie I have a 2002 aura rsx base model vtec stock I start the car and it knocks twards the back of the motor by the heat shield..???

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      earle 2 months ago

      My 2002 Honda accord v6 gives a loud grinding noise when moving out or moving slowly. The noise goes away when car is running at a faster speed.

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      Eddie Carrara 2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi TI,

      Water pump, alternator bearing, belt tensioner, AC compressor bearing, etc...

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      Ti 3 months ago

      What could be causing a random grinding noise, which seems to occur more often when engine is warm?

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      Shashank Johari 3 months ago

      Hi,

      I have Mitsubishi Eclipse 2012 model. I have started hearing a distinct noise when ever I am pressing the gas padal at lower speed or sometime while making turns. And this sound is not constant , will get sometime and not other times. Showed it to dealer and then went to Tire Discounters and they found the brake pads were week so they replaced it but still i feel the same sound.

      Later they are saying it might be due to tires but they say tires has 3 years worth life left, so I am not sure where to go and how to find the solution to get it fixed.

      I lives in Cincinnati Oh. Please help me with any suggestions which can stop this noise.

      Thanks a ton.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Felicia,

      It's possible the pads are starting to stick in the calipers and are rubbing the rotors slightly. It may be time to have the calipers checked.

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Doug, can you describe the noise? Like a bang, thud, whine, scraping, helicopter, etc...

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Snupe,

      Sure, if you upload your video to YouTube and then either send me the link by email or post it on my other site @ simplecaranswers. com, post it in the comment box on the car noises page and I'll take a listen.

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      Douglas 3 months ago

      I have a 2005 Jimmy it makes a front loud noise when driving but not when sitting and idle. Just started any ideas?

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      Snupe m 3 months ago

      Hello there i rlly need some help i have a 09 lancer ES it has a rattling noise/rocks in engine it sounds like my engine light came on when driving home is there anyway i could send u a video recording of it so u can hear the noise its making maybe u can help me out more? to a email or such? Thanks in sdvsnce

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lisa,

      What color is the leaking fluid? Color? When do you hear the rumbling noise? While driving?

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Sarath,

      Can you describe the noise? Is it a metal rattle, scraping, squeak, thump, bang, etc...

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      Lisa 3 months ago

      Hi I bought a used honda accord 2001 Ok there's two problems the rumbling sound from the trunk and leaking out of the front. It's not oil could this be Catalic coil the spelling may be wrong that's what someone told me also pricing how much does this cost and should I put it in to the dealer ok thanks let me know thank u Lisa

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      Sarath 3 months ago

      I had 2014 CRV . I am hearing a noise when I am driving but when it is parked or slowed down I didn't feel any noise. Can you let me know what it could be

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      Eddie Carrara 3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ron,

      Have you checked the engine oil level recently? Sometimes if the oil level is low the v-tec solenoid can make a rattle type noise under those driving conditions you have described. Check the oil level and let me know, thanks.

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      Ron Perciaccante 3 months ago

      My 2007 Honda Accord with 87000 miles on it makes a groaning sound intermittently. It has been occurring for 7 months almost daily. It only lasts a few seconds. Sometimes it is heard on startup before the car is put in gear. When it occurs it is between 35-40 mph; 25-30 mph and/or 15-20 mph but only when slowing down without any application of brakes. Does not occur on acceleration. never occurs at a speed over 40 mph. For about a week or two recently I didn't hear it. Daily temps rose to over 80 for these two weeks. Front brake work done a week ago. No noise for a few days before the brake job or after until today, a week later. Temps dropped below 60 since last night. I heard the noise several times for the first time today after 10-14 previous days of no noise. It has not gotten worse in 7 months that it has been there. Whatever it is would warm weather improve it? Wouldn't almost anything get worse (louder, more frequent) at least gradually over a 7 month period? I'd appreciate your ideas as to what it could be.

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      Abeer 3 months ago

      Can you plz help me

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      Puneet 4 months ago

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

      What could be possible cause of this noise?

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Matt,

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

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      Matthew Daniel 4 months ago

      Thanks Eddie!

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

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Victoria,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Matt,

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

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      Victoria 4 months ago

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

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      Matthew Daniel 4 months ago

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

      Thanks for any help!

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      Maryanne 5 months ago

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

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      R. Smith 5 months ago

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

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      Michael 5 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 5 months ago from New Hampshire

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

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      strat2017 5 months ago

      Hi,

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

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      Kevin 6 months ago

      I have a Titan I have wat sounds like an alarm sound coming from the passenger side rear wheel what do you think it is

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      Tom 6 months ago

      Hi,

      I just changed my serpentine belt because when I'd first start my car the thing would squeal for a few minutes.

      After I changed the belt I noticed only when driving with the AC on after a stop at a stop sign I'd hit the gas to go and I now hear a faint rattle like a spray paint can (only when I stop for a while and then drive & only with the AC on!) it doesn't last long only when stopping and starting and only with the AC!

      please help!

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Semela,

      Is there anything else going wrong with the vehicle? When do you hear the noise? Does the noise change?

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      semela 6 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jenn,

      Sounds like maybe your main shaft bearing inside the transmission is starting to make noise, but you may want to have a transmission mechanic take a test drive with you for a second opinion. Let me know what they say, thanks.

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      Awesome!! 6 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 6 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Diane,

      Sometimes tires can make this kind of noise. Is the noise louder when the windows rolled down? If you drive along the side of a Jersey barrier or wall can you hear the noise more?

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      Diane L. 6 months ago

      Question: What could cause a sound I've noticed for two days: A low faint hum when I take my foot off the accelerator at low speeds. Sound disappears when I put my foot back on accelerator. Car is a 2008 Forrester automatic llbean model. Just had spark plugs replaced and throttle body cleaned out 5 days ago.

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      Jenn montgomery 7 months ago

      Driving my matrix I notice a noise comeing from front. When driving to town and having to shift gears.when I press clutch in no noise. Almost sounds like a vibration.also when I back up there is a clicking sound

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      Jenn montgomery 7 months ago

      I need help with my matrix

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lewis,

      Most likely you're hearing the cooling fan powering on and then going off.

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      Mmamodi 7 months ago

      Hi Eddie, i have a Toyota Professional 2008 Model, when driving on a bumpy road or turning, the power steering light turns On and steering wheel turns hard, then followed by a speedometer reading turning to Zero. What could be the cause of this?

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      Lewis 7 months ago

      If my car is idling for a long time or in a long traffic queue, especially in hot weather, my car seems to make a whirring 'airy' noise for about 10 seconds, then goes off. Is this the air filter coping with the engine getting hot?

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Becky,

      It's possible you're hearing a wheel bearing. Dou you start to hear the noise above 25 mph? If so, most likely a wheel bearing. If not, have your tires checked for uneven wear. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Judith Vale 7 months ago

      A knocking sound on the roof of car like someone is knocking- just started yesterday- I have a 2001 Hyundai Elantra- 100,000 miles

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      Tarrel 7 months ago

      Hi, I have a 2002 Oldsmobile Alero with 162,000 miles and when I drive the car sounds like an airplane (best I can describe) and the faster I go the louder it gets. Doesn't do it when I crank up,idle, or drive slow speeds like 10 to 15mph but around 20mph and up its the airplane sound. Its the same when slowing down too. Also when I do crank up I smell gas fumes but only for a minute and it goes away once I start driving.The car is also starting to bounce when driving (not vibrate but i feel like i'm driving on a flat tire but the tires aren't low on air I bought them new a few months back). Any ideas what's going on with it? Thanks!

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      Becky 7 months ago

      Eddie, Hi. I have a 2002 crv with 170k today had a sound when driving not at a stop sounds like a card on bike wheel or a fan thats hitting something. Have been driving on highway being repaired and its very rough driving lots of bumps and uneven pavement. Happens when AC on or Off. Thanks!

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      OK Shaliza, what's the problem?

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Mellisa,

      I'm not sure what is causing your noise, but most likely it's either a loose or old deteriorating engine belt or a worn bearing possibly on the alternator. Without hearing the noise it tough for me to diagnose. If you make a video of the noise and post it on YouTube, you could then send me a link so I can hear it. Let me know if that may work for you, thanks.

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      Shaliza rattan 7 months ago

      I have a matrix and I have a problem

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      Melissa Flagg COA OSC 7 months ago from Rural Central Florida

      Hi Eddie, I have a 1996 Nissan Sentra GXE with over 277,000 miles on it (I'm in love with this car... just sayin). I have a mechanic who is absolutely wonderful and has kept it running almost like the day I bought it. But, he's lost some of his hearing and can no longer hear high pitched noises (and he knows lol). I mention this because he's unable to hear the noise I'm telling him about and so is unable to diagnose my issue.

      The noise is a high pitched scraping sound, but only when I accelerate, and only when I accelerate quickly. While the sound is new, it's been there for about 1 year, and has only recently gotten a bit louder. You do not hear it when it idles, and aside from the noise, performance is unaffected.

      My check engine light is on and has been for several months, unfortunately my mechanic doesn't have the adapter for the diagnostics because apparently my car was built right before the universal adapter requirement (just my luck), but we suspect it's an O2 sensor because last time my engine light was on, that's what it was. I only mention it because I don't know if that would have anything to do with the noise.

      Thanks Eddie!

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kymberly,

      What is the year make model and mileage of the vehicle? Possible sway bar link that is broken? Something in the trunk rolling around?

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      Veronica 7 months ago

      Thanks for your quick reply

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      Kymberly hunsaker 7 months ago

      I have a knock sound in trunk area but it only knocks once then a couple hours or days it will sound again a knock what is it please help me

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Veronica,

      Bring it back ASAP, it sounds like your chain tensioner is damaged or they didn't install something properly. Let me know what the find, and don't drive it much until you have it checked.

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      Eddie Carrara 7 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lorie,

      I recommend having the rear suspension checked, it could be a broken sway bar link or another worn suspension part. Let me know what they find, thanks.

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      Veronica 7 months ago

      Hi I just had my timing chain replaced on my car and when the car is cold and I start it up it rattles. Could the timing chain be off?

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      Lori 7 months ago

      2010 ford edge

      sounds like a rattling sound in the back passenger side...gets louder as i approach 45 mph

      Clanking noise

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      Charlene marsh 7 months ago

      When I start the car it made loud noise but after driving it for about 20 minutes it stops

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      Mark wylde 8 months ago

      My car doesn't sound the same when accelerating there is not much much power it makes a rattling sound could this be the catalytic converter.

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nancy,

      Yes, it's possible either the heat shield is rusted and loose or you may have picked up small rocks that are now stuck in the heat shield causing a rattle. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Nancy 8 months ago

      My son drove my 2003 Chevy Monte Carlo over a badly rutted driveway and now I hear a rattle upon starting the car which stops within seconds after the car is running - I've been told the heat shield is loose, is it possible for an exhaust shop to just hook it back up without having to replace the whole shield if the rutted road knocked it loose?

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Sorry Jeff, I know I'm a little late here,

      It's probably something like a small rock stuck between the rotor and backing plate. If it was anything the garage did, you should have heard the noise on the ride home, that's why I think it may be a rock or something. Let me know what you find out, or if you still have the noise.

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Nick,

      I recommend having a mechanic raise the car on the lift and check the suspension. It sounds to me like you may have a broken coil spring or worn suspension component. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Jeff 8 months ago

      I have a 2004 Volvo xc90. I took it for an oil change today and they have a service to check all fluids including my rear differential. All went well and I drive 50 miles home. I later started up the vehicle to go to the store. When I hit about 15mph I hear a metal can like rattling and then almost like a metal scraping sound. I pulled over to look underneath and can see nothing at all. I have a 3 hour trip in the morning and mechanic isn't open until Monday. Please help! No warning lights or anything but noise is coming from rear end or middle area towards the back somewhere

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      Nicolas 8 months ago

      My Ford Focus makes a (two metals bending when I turn right or left ) noise , at nearly full lock it snapped twice , when driving over a bump I hear a rattle . What is the problem ..

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      Jennifer 8 months ago

      Hi I noticed I guess you could call it a sputtering noise a couple weeks back when I would go over 80 it would make the noise much like typing on your phone a message real fast and keys getting stuck or frozen. So in the last couple days it seems to now be doing it when I try to go over 70 it's on the drivers side and I can hear it faintly when I release gas and reduce speed it goes away I can kind of feel it in the gas. It's a 2005 nissan Senatra any helped be great thanks.

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      Janine 8 months ago

      Hi, I just recently bought a Ford Fiesta ST 2009 model, second hand with 72,000 miles and I have noticed that it has a very noticeable sound when I start the car.

      It sounds like a tractor sound which is loud when I turn the engine on.

      Please advise on what I should do. This is my first car and did not get the car for cheap either :(

      Thank you

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      Justin Banbury 8 months ago

      I have a 2005 Pontiac sunfire it makes an awful howling sound when driving it straight at Highway speed . The weird thing is that when I corner to the right it sounds fine !! As soon as I straighten out it's back vibrating again and the howling really bad to the point where you almost have to yell to talk to the passenger I have climbed underneath and checked the CV joints as well as checking the wheel bearings that all seems fairly tight I cannot figure it out would it maybe be a motor mount seems how it stops when I turn to the right !! Please get back to me help me out it would be greatly appreciated please and thank you

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      Herb 8 months ago

      My 1999 olds Aurora has a cycling noise coming out of the floor shifter. Not all the time. What could this be?

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Alex,

      it sounds like a ball joint, sometimes lower ball joints make that noise on turns.

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi John,

      The car is still under warranty, so if you can find a dealer it won't cost you a dime. It's possibly a wheel bearing.

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      John 8 months ago

      Car has a click/tick sound when accelerating at 20 -30 mph. Sounds like a baseball card in a bycicle spoke. Oil levels good. 2016 sonata se with under 10k miles. No Hyundai dealership near me to take it into.

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Salvatore,

      When you put the steering wheel at full lock, you are putting a lot of stress on the pump and belt. You may want to have the belt tension checked and also the condition of the belt just to be sure everything is OK.

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      Salvatore Pascarella 8 months ago

      Car has High pitched squeaking or like belt friction, when steering wheel is on full lock (left or right)other than that position it's ok.

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      Eddie Carrara 8 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Steve,

      What is the year make and model of your vehicle?

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      Steve 8 months ago

      I have 2 noises. #1 sitting idle with my engine running and my foot on the break, when shifting between drive and reverse I hear creaking noise almost like the motor mounts. #2. When I cold start my car the engine is just over all loud..as it warms up the overall engine sound quiets down and sound normal.

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi CG,

      Check out some of my wheel bearing noise videos located in some of my other articles and let me know if this is the noise you're hearing?

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      Eddie Carrara 9 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Keira,

      Is it a metal rattle sound? Do you think the exhaust system may have something loose inside or out? I'm not sure why it stalled though?