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Symptoms of Bad or Failing Brake Shoes (Rear)
If your car has drum brakes and there are abnormal noises, a reduced brake response, and a loose parking brake, you may need a brake shoe replacement.
How to Troubleshoot a Car That Makes a Loud Screeching Sound When it Starts
Cars make a screeching sound when serpentine belts slip or crack. Lubricate car belts or have them replaced to fix the screeching noise.
How To Troubleshoot a Car That Makes a Whining Noise When In Gear
Whining is a common car noise that cars make when being shifted from gear to gear. Test your car in different gears and check the fluids.
How to Troubleshoot a Clicking or Popping Sound in Car Wheels
Car wheels make popping or clicking noises due to faulty CV joints, worn struts or drive belts, loose hubcaps, cupped tires, or loose suspension.
How to Troubleshoot a Car That Makes Clunking Noises Over Bumps
Cars that make clunking noises as they drive over bumps may have worn struts or leaf spring shackles, or damaged control arms or shock absorbers.
How to Troubleshoot a Car With Clutch Noise
Clutch systems create noise if there is a damaged clutch master cylinder, clutch pedal, pressure plate, clutch disc, flywheel, or pilot bearing.
How to Troubleshoot a Car Exhaust or Engine Noise
Car exhaust systems and car engines make whirring, clicking, or sputtering noises if there's a faulty belt, alternator, water pump, or tension pulley.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Cruise Control Vacuum Bleed Switch
Common signs include cruise control disengaging on its own or not disengaging when the pedal is pressed, and a hissing noise coming from the dash.
Symptoms of Bad or Failing Differential / Gear Oil
If your car has exceeded its gear oil service interval, or if you hear the differential whining, you may need to replace the differential/gear oil.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Door Lock Actuator
Common signs include unusual noises coming from inside the car door and the power door locks not working or behaving erratically.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Intermittent Wiper Relay
Common signs include the wiper blades only working on one speed or a different speed than you selected, not working at all, and making humming noises.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing PCV Valve Hose
Common signs include poor fuel economy, the Check Engine Light coming on, engine misfires while idling, and noise from the engine.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Sliding Motor Door Assembly
Common signs include sliding doors not opening, noise coming from the door, and metal-to-metal grinding when opening and closing the door.
Symptoms of Bad or Failing Stabilizer Bar Links
Common signs of faulty stabilizer bar links include clunking or rattling noises from the tire area, poor handling, and a loose steering wheel.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Fuel Pump
Common signs include a whining noise, hard starting, engine performance issues, and an inability to start the car.
What Does It Mean When an Engine "Knocks"?
If your engine is making a knocking noise it means there's a problem. The wrong fuel octane, carbon buildup, and bad spark plugs can cause knocking.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Driveshaft
Common signs include intense car vibrations and abnormal noises, like clunking, rattling, and scraping, coming from under the vehicle.
How Long Does a Horn Switch Last?
With all of the danger on the roadways, finding a way to keep yourself and your car safe should be a concern. A car has a variety of different mechanisms that are...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Power Steering Pump
If you hear squealing noises, the steering wheel feels stiff, or find damage on the power steering belt, have the power steering pump replaced.
How to Diagnose and Repair Noisy Brakes
Squeaky car brakes are hard to drive with. If your car brakes are making noise, check the brake pads and brake rotors to see if they are worn down.

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Grinding/scraping noise coming from back of car
Hello, thank you for writing in. If the sound is not coming from the differential, but is coming from that area, you will want to check the driveline and the axles. Look for anything that is rubbing, has a worn...
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I hear a rattling sound when I accelerate; which seems to get louder after I drive 10 min. 2002 VW Golf/90,000/2.0L
A car can make such a wide variety of sounds, that it's impossible for me to suggest with any degree of reliability what may be going on from this desk. I can only say that it's important not to ignore...
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Whistle noise right before next gear
Look to see if noise is at a set engine rpms. If it is then see if you can rev engine in park to duplicate the noise? If you can then you may see the noise is coming from air...
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Car makes squeaking noise while brake is pressed and I'm still
I don't think this has anything to do with your brakes. You're probably experiencing an engine noise or a noise in one of the belt driven accessories. If it only occurs when the brake pedal is depressed, than it may...
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Air intake noise
This metal scraping noise may be inherent to the metal tube. The original tube was designed to be quiet and not be noisey when opening throttle. The noise is from air flow disruption through the air tube. The metal tubes...
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Clutch is squeaking after 30 mins of driving, when pressed down or released
It may simply be that the pedal needs lubrication. If you can squeeze up under the dashboard with a can of WD 40 you may be able to sort this out yourself. If not, you can contact Your Mechanic to...
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My car makes a knocking noise. It does it a little when I press the breaks. Sometimes I can drive it and no knocking noise then ot
Before you drive the car again, you need to find the lug wrench and check to be sure that all your wheel lugs are tight You might have one or more loose wheels. If you don't find a problem there,...
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My car is making knocking noise while I slow down and stopped
The engine will need to have the noise checked to see if the work done was done correct and nothing was left loose or not working correctly. The noise described if is not coming from the engine may be in...
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My truck makes a noise when truck starts and smokes
You will need to give a better description of where the metal noise and smoke is coming from to help you better. You should have the belts, oil and coolant checked to see if you see any problems there. If...
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Ticking from inside like card in bike spokes
If it sound like its coming from somewhere in the dashboard, you might have a leaf or some other small piece of trash in your ventilation fan. try turning the fan speed up and see if the sound changes. Turning...
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2009 ford escape fwd. I have a cluncking/knocking noise in front end during acceleration. Everything replaced besides struts.
Your noise sounds it is either inside the transaxle or one of the CV axles are bad. You may have a broken motor or transaxle mount also causing the axles to get out of alignment causing the noise. I suggest...
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When i cut on my defrost there is a pinging sound that the car makes for bout 15 secs .
The pinging noise may be the a/c mode door actuator motor moving and if it is making a clicking noise then it may be bad and need replaced. For the engine noise this would need to be listened to by...
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Rattling from whole front side underneath car becomes louder when driving bumpy roads
Noises in the front suspension are usually a result of worn out rubber parts. There are many moving parts connecting the wheels to the car and in most cases there is a rubber or plastic part at the point of...
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04 explorer when i push gas pedal makes weird thump thump sound when i go 40 or above mph
Thumps and clunks can be hard to diagnose from a desk. Particularly in a car with that many miles where anything could be wrong. It may be that you have a motor or transmission mount that is going bad. or...
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Front brakes grinding after brake pad replacement on a 98 Ford Windstar 3.0L
I have seen where some of the more less expensive semi-metallic brake pads have real rough spots of material in the pad and will make a grinding noise when braking. This is normal for these pads. If noise does not...
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My engine is making a whining sound during acceleration 2008 Chevy impala
Without hearing the noise it sounds like you are having a transmission noise and may be due to low fluid in the transmission. If it is not transmission noises then it may be coming from alternator but since you have...
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Scraping noise
Sometimes its easy to get the hardware in a little crooked when changing brake pads, that or a backing plate might have gotten bent. Take the car back to the guy who did your brakes, they should be happy to...
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I hear metallic noises from front wheels while driving as well as a grinding when driving.
You should have the front suspension and brakes checked to see if the suspension has worn bushings and the inner brake pads are worn out grinding metal to metal indicating the caliper slides are seized. Or you may have worn...
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While driving its making howling noise
Howling noises can take on many forms, but the one that comes immediately to mind is the rear axle. The ring and pinion gears can set up a nasty howl that might occur when you step on the gas and...

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