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

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

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

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

Common Car Noises and Their Likely Causes

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

1. Clicking Noise While Turning

Probable Cause: Failed outer CV joint

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

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

What Are CV Joints?

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

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

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

How to Fix It

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

Noise From the CV Joint When Turning

2. Water Pump Noises

Probable Cause: Failed water pump

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

How to Verify the Sound Is Coming From Water Pump

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

Replacing It

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

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

Great Example of a Water Pump Noise

Using a Screwdriver Like a Stethoscope

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

3. Squeak or Squeal From an Engine Belt

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

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

Does Belt Dressing Work?

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

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

What May Cause an Engine Belt to Squeak or Squeal

4. Exhaust Heat Shield Noises

Probable Cause: Damaged heat shield

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

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

How to Fix It

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

Exhaust Heat Shield Rattle

A Car-Buying Secret

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

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

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

Ask Someone About Your Noise

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

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

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More by Eddie Carrara on Car Noises

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

Bonus Noise: Scraping Noise From Wheel

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

Questions & Answers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • My car just started making a noise like drums in the area under the dash. I have a Pontiac Vibe. Any idea what it might be?

    If you only hear it when the fan is on, you could have some debris stuck in the blower motor.

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    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      40 hours ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Violet,

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

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      Violet 

      3 days ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Abdul.

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Michael,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Danielle,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      12 days ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Bradley,

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

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      Bradley W 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie.

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

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      Danielle 

      2 weeks ago

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

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      Michael 

      2 weeks ago

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

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      Abdul 

      2 weeks ago

      hello

      I got Toyota Estima hybrid 2008

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jenn,

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

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      Jennifer Guerra 

      2 weeks ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Tiffany,

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

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      Tiffany 

      3 weeks ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Vince,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kimber629,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kathu,

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

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      Kimber629 

      4 weeks ago

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

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      vince 

      4 weeks ago

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

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      Kathu 

      4 weeks ago

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

    • eddiecarrara profile imageAUTHOR

      Eddie Carrara 

      4 weeks ago from New Hampshire

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

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      5 weeks ago

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

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      Brenda 

      5 weeks ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      OK Rob,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Thullani,

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

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      Thulani 

      5 weeks ago

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

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      Rob 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie,

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

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rob,

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

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      Rob 

      6 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie,

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

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Herb,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      6 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Rob,

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

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      Rob 

      6 weeks ago

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

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      herb hollar 

      6 weeks ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Macc,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

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

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      Lescas 

      7 weeks ago

      Hi eddie

      It was the lower control arm only. Thank goodness.

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

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

      Alls well that drives well.

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      Lescas 

      7 weeks ago

      Hi Eddie

      Happy Friday

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

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

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

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

      I appreciate the meticulousness.

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

      Have a good weekend :)

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      Macc 

      7 weeks ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Sounds good Lescas :)

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      Lescas 

      7 weeks ago

      Hello again

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

      Ill get back to you.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Stacey,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      7 weeks ago from New Hampshire

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

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      Reggie 

      8 weeks ago

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

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      Lescas 

      8 weeks ago

      Hi eddie..thanks for the reply.

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

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

      Im hoping its nothing major

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      Stacey Belanger 

      2 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kerry,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Lescas,

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

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      Lescas 

      2 months ago

      Hello..I have a 2009 honda civic.

      103.000 miles

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

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

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      Kerry Miller 

      2 months ago

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

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      Sammy Wood 

      2 months ago

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

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      Roxanna Harvey 

      2 months ago

      Eddie,

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

      Roxanna

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Roxanna,

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

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      Mika 

      2 months ago

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

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      Tom Duslak 

      2 months ago

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

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      Roxanna Harvey 

      2 months ago

      Eddie,

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

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      Mary Jane 

      2 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Roxanna,

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

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      Roxanna Harvey 

      2 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cathy,

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

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      Cathy Holmes 

      2 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Ann,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Jen,

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      2 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Aznlm,

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

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      aznlm2003 

      3 months ago

      Hi There,

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

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      JenJen01 

      3 months ago

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

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      Ann 

      3 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Davey,

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

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      daveyS 

      3 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Amiaaa,

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

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      Amiaaa 

      3 months ago from Houston, Tx

      Goodmorning, my car sounds different but i dont have a check engine light on ive had it for a couple months now and i just got my breaks fixed and got a oil change. My car starts up okay but just how it sounds just sitting there doesnt sound the same the engine sounds different. More louder. They way it runs. Idk much about cars but i just know it doesnt sound how it use to when i first got it . It also hesitates to start every once in a while . But not often. Its a 2006 chevy cobalt 2 door . And i speed alooot . I wonder if i did something to it over time.

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      Wanda 

      3 months ago

      I have a 2014 Ford Escape when driving slow there is a tinny rattling noise it’s not the heat shield and I had the brakes checked all good

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      Eddie Carrara 

      3 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Julian,

      It sounds like maybe your brake pads are worn to the wear indicators so I recommend you start by checking the brake pad thickness at each wheel, especially the inner brake pads because that is the most common placement for the wear indicators.

      Keep working hard, keep learning, and never give up Julian, it sounds like you have a positive attitude, even for the struggles you're going through. I wish you well, and if I can answer any other questions you have, you know where to find me. God Bless!

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      Crustybucket 

      4 months ago

      Hi my name is julian, i live out of a 1995 dodge caravan se. I apologize in advance for the misspelings and improper grammer. i have major dislexia, and will try my best. My beautiful van will make sqealing noises when i am cruzing, it will continue when i accselorate but stop when i put on the breaks. I dont know what it is. It could be anything from the timming belt(wich i very much hope its not since that was the death of my first car that i lived out of since i was 18) to wheel bearings. I fear its gonna turn into something huge and since i am homless i dont have the kind of money to afford costly repairs, i do have a steady job in a kitchen so i can do what i can with repairs though. I dont know that much about vars but i learn a little bit now and again when my van has a problem. I just put more oil in it and drove it around for a bit even turned the AC off and put on the heat suspecting it may be the serpentine belt (but i know its probably not that since i just replaced that about 5-6 months ago) my van had about 60,000 miles on it when i bought her 2 years ago and now she has 100831 miles and growing fast since i drive everywhere and street perform. I am very worried something seriouse may be coming up and cant imagine a life without my van, i do not want to go back to sleeping in allyways again so i will do anything to get her fixed up good.

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      Crustybucket 

      4 months ago

      My 1995 dodge caravan se will make a squeeking noise when it is cruzing i have no clue if it is a timeing belt problem to a wheel berring problem i do not know a lot about cars and i am homless living in this van, its all i have i have a job so i can make repairs as long as they are not expensive so if its the timing belt im scared im fresh out of luck. I just dont know what to do, i fear its gonna be a serious problem i just put more oil in in it and drove it around for a bit even turning off the ac (wich i expected not to be the problem because i replaced the serpemtine belt 5 months ago) but still the noise is there, i just dont know what im going to do if this van breaks down i will be on the streets again and not have a place to live im so sick of sleeping in allyways i will do anything to get my van fixed.

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      chris 

      4 months ago

      fitted new exhaust to my astra h vxr its deffently not lose or hitting the sides got a noise when going over every little bump.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Emmy,

      Without hearing the noise I'm totally guessing, but it sounds to me like you're describing an input shaft bearing inside the transmission.

      When do you hear the clicking noise?

      Check the clutch fluid reservoir, make sure it's topped off. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Natasha 

      4 months ago

      I just Bought a used 2018 Ford Explorer. The tires have been recently changed. It just started making a noise when I turn right. Also I noticed a squeal in the engine when I first turn it off.

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      Emmy7634 

      4 months ago

      Hi i have a vauxhall astra 12 plate.. and ive been driving and its making a strange noise when im driving slow like a toy electic car when im in firat and second gear amd third make a grinding noise when im driving faster? Today its started to make a clicking noise and my clutch pedal seemed to be a bit slacker what do you reckon it could be? Dont really know much about cars.

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      Gary 

      4 months ago

      this is Gary again honda 2004 accord. The noise sounds like a power steering pump knocking or a clicking noise.No whining noise. from 750 rpm to 2000 the noise will change A LITTLE but same semi loud ,annoying clicking. Thanks Gary Happy 4th of July Eddie!

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      Gary 

      4 months ago

      I have a Honda 2004 accord . thought the noise was the steering pump .i replaced the pump ,had the wrong power steering fluid. Noise is still there. Water pump was replaced along with timing belt 4500 miles ago. Only time there is a noise is when RPM's are below 2000. Noise disappeared on one day 20 miles .Next dayat start up its back but not above 2000 RPM again like usual. NO fluid leak. Help Please! Already have another honda in the shop and another honda waiting for a Cat, my boys car ! Gary Thanks for the help!!

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Glen,

      Does the truck have hub caps? Did you check the suspension where maybe a rock is caught in the suspension like a spring perch or maybe on top of a control arm?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Chloe,

      The squeak is most likely an external engine belt, the thud could be something loose or broken in the suspension and should be checked out.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Betty,

      Maybe the lift pistons? Is it a power lift? It is still under warranty so if the noise persists, have them check it on your first oil change or sooner.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Adam,

      Have the wheel bearings checked, most likely one of your's is making noise.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Kiley,

      It sounds like you were low on freon and now you're out. I recommend you have the AC system checked for leaks, repair it and evacuate and recharge the system.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi C,

      I recommend you start by checking the exhaust heat shields for any loose or rusted parts, if everything looks good, maybe a torque converter?

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Adem,

      I recommend you have the exhaust heat shields checked for any rusted or loose parts to start. Let me know what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Abbie,

      I recommend checking the exhaust clearance in the rear of the vehicle between the exhaust and body. The engine tends to run at a higher rpm when warming up and the vibration is slightly different during this period so maybe the exhaust is touching the undercarriage at this time. Keep me posted on what you find, thanks.

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      Eddie Carrara 

      4 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Cathy,

      We have seen quite a few water pumps fail on those years and models, it may be a long shot but it may be worth spending the money. It is an external water pump so the cost isn't too bad, parts and labor. keep me posted on what you decide to do, thanks.

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      Cathy Glazer 

      4 months ago

      I have a 2014 Honda CRV that is making a squeaking noise every so often after the car is warmed up. It makes it driving, in idle and without the heat or air conditioner on. It isn't related to going over bumps. My Honda dealer replaced the Serpentine Belt and the pulley. He doesn't know what the noise is and says he can't diagnosis it because it isn't making the squeak for long enough. Any recommendations?

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      Abbie 

      4 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Glad I found this forum. I have a 2008 Toyota Sienna LE and have been experiencing very loud popping noises from the back end. This only happens when I am backing up early in the morning, whether if it's cold/warm, there are 3-4 loud noises. The noise doesn't come back if I try to replicate it again. It's definitely not the brakes as the noise normally happens as soon as I put the vehicle in reverse and it continues to happen even when I have already applied the brakes and not moving at all. Any ideas? Thanks!

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      Adem 

      4 months ago

      Hi Eddie,

      Thank you for your useful article. I have Toyota Yaris 2016 sedan. Recently I noticed that sometimes when started my car engine and slowly begin to move suddenly a rattling sound is coming from somewhere which disturbs not only me but others. This is happening specifically when I start my car at a hot weather when the temperature is above 40 degrees Celsius. What could be the reason for this.

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      4 months ago

      I have a 2018 VW Golf. When I put my foot on the gas going at around 50km/h and rpm around 1300-1400, the engine makes a loud growling noise (like an airplane) and steering wheel shakes a bit. What could be the problem?

      Thanks,

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      Kiley Miller 

      4 months ago

      2010 Honda Civic. I notice a few weeks ago my ac would start blowing warm air when idling and when I would start to accelerate it would get cool again. Now it’s blowing hot air all the time. And now my car is making a rattling noise. It does it with the ac on and without it on. What do you think could be the issue?

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      Adamcockburn 

      4 months ago

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

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      Betty 

      4 months ago

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

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      Chloe Smith 

      4 months ago

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

      cloe.rose94@gmail.com

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      Glen 

      5 months ago

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

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      Eddie Carrara 

      5 months ago from New Hampshire

      Hi Denise,

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

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