Showing articles & questions for topic
Noises

Related articles

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.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Driveshaft
Common signs include intense car vibrations and abnormal noises, like clunking, rattling, and scraping sounds, coming from beneath the vehicle.
Why Does My AC Rattle When I Turn It On?
Common reasons why a car AC system makes a rattling noise is due to a failing AC compressor, worn serpentine belt, or worn out AC compressor clutch.
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
There aren’t many things more annoying than having noisy brakes. You are driving down the street, and need to come to a stop. You apply the brakes to...

Related questions

Question
Can the ac compressor be disconnected and noise go away
The a/c compressor cannot be permanently removed because the serpentine belt powers all accessories, including the compressor, in one "circuit". If you were to take the compressor out you won't be able to install the serpentine belt because a key...
Question
Rattling sound coming from rear end wheels on a 2014 Ford Edge limited with 100,000 miles
Hello, thank you for writing in. The noises need to be narrowed down further before we can give a decent diagnosis. To begin, does the vehicle make noise whenever the car is on, on just when it is moving. If...
Question
Driving my minivan two days ago it felt like the transmission wasn't shifting right but on my way home I heard a weird noise 2001 Mazda MPV
Hi there - check your transmission fluid level first - make sure the fluid is relatively clear (vs cloudy) and closer to pink-red than black (dirty), as well as being at the correct level. Check also for problem codes, whether...
Question
Buzzing sound while driving
Hello, and thank you for writing in. When you hear noises associated with driving, it is good to focus in on the tires and the wheels. Always start with the simple factors that do not involve serious repairs. Check the...
Question
Slight humming nose coming from front end.
Hi there. Try stepping on the brakes and see if the noise goes away when driving. If the noise goes away, then the wheel bearings are worn and need replaced. If the noise is still present, then there is a...
Question
The car does not work at all.
Hi there. Check the camshaft position sensor and see if its plugged in. If the sensor is plugged in and the engine will crank, then the camshaft could be out of timing and needs to be reset. If the engine...
Question
When I turn left in my dodge straustus 05 it makes a knocking noise in the rear
With knowing that the vehicle has had a contact with a curb, I would likely say that something in the suspension has been bent, and therefore may be what is causing the noise. It will really be necessary to have...
Question
I have a Dodge Ram and I ran a mailbox over on my right side. When I turn left and right there's a grinding noise on the right.
After running over the mailbox, the box or stem could have bent the backing plate and is now causing the grinding noise as the backing plate is scraping against the brake rotor on the right side. Inspect your brake system...
Question
hard pedal, no brake action or fluid with engine on or off.
If the brake system was working before and now the brake pedal is hard and the front calipers are not moving, then the brake booster has failed (which is the hissing sound that you are hearing) and there seems to...
Question
Loud sound when eccelaratjng.
Hello Hazel, thank you for writing in. When the noise is associated with acceleration, then the issue is likely exhaust, transmission, or engine related. There is also the option that the RPMs are reaching higher levels before the vehicle shifts....
Question
While I am driving my car makes a loud knocking sound. I t may be coming from the engine I'm not quite sure.
The noise will be identifiable, and the origin pinpointed, if you request a vehicle noise diagnostic. Ticking noises are usually due to valve train problems and, in turn those problems can be caused by low oil pressure. Knocking, if from...
Question
The car has a noise when starting and exhaust is fine it comes from the manifold, is the manifold gasket damaged need some replace
A leaking intake can make a kind of whistling noise. A helpful tool for locating an intake or exhaust leak is a piece of plastic hose. You can buy a mechanic's stethoscope and pull off the end, but you can...
Question
knocking from suspension.. already replaced complete strut units (spring/strut
Hello, and thank you for writing in. Replacing the struts was a good starting point. Now you are going to want to inspect the rest of the steering and suspension components (which are very closely related). Turn the steering wheels...
Question
Grinding noise when braking and turning left.
Hi there. The grinding noise seems to be a rotating item on your vehicle. Check the wheel bearings on the front of the vehicle and see if there is any dust around them. If there is dust, then the bearing...
Question
I have a 1994 Chevrolet c1500 red 5.7 v8. I replaced the alternator, battery, and starter. All I hear is a ding sound when I turn the key to the 'START' position.
Hi there. The starter needs shims to help clear the starter pinion gear to the ring gear on the flex plate. The starter pinion gear is hitting the ring gear and not sliding into the ring gear due to a...
Question
My car rumble when you give it gas 2011 Acura RDX
Hello - your observation that the noise only occurs when you are adding power is very helpful! This probably means that worn gears in the transmission or worn CV joints in the axles are the cause of this noise. Check...
Question
Humming sound while accelerating and decelerating. 2012 Kia Optima
Hi there - noises which get louder with increased road speed can be come from tires, or from worn wheel bearings. If there is any vibration felt through the steering wheel, or noises which increase when turning left or right...
Question
Car says service stabilitrak and has a knocking noise.
The light could have come on for the brake fluid could be low and causing the system to see that the brakes are not safe. For the engine loosing power and making a knocking noise, there could be a misfire...
Question
Knocking sound under car
Hi there. Either the tires are out of balance and causing the front end to shake and make the steering parts move around or there is a loose steering or suspension part that is moving around as the vehicle is...
Question
high pitched noise while accelerating
Hello, and thank you for writing in. There are a tremendous amount of reasons a vehicle will make excess noise while accelerating. If you think it sounds mechanical, metal on metal, then you may want to look into the transmission....

Need a mechanic?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 700 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

Get a quote

Post a question and get free advice from our certified mechanics.


Ask a question