Q: Car makes noise like howling wind while Idling.

asked by on

I took a video showcasing the noise in question, here is a link to it, it's the consistent tone, not the engine strokes. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/20211780/Howling%20Car.mp4

It only occurs while Idling, any non-idle engine activity (Such as acceleration or turning the wheels back and forth while stationary) will cancel the noise until the engine returns to idle. The noise is not consistent in volume between stops (the video was taken when it was rather loud.) And sometimes fails to occur entirely.

The only recent change to the car was an air filter replacement about 2 days prior to when I started noticing the noise, though I did get a belt change the day after I started noticing it for other reasons. I will also admit I'm not always the most attentive, and a bunch of other noises recently got fixed so I might have just never noticed it.

Closest description I could find on the web was low Power Steering fluid, but my PS fluid is at the MAX mark and is not leaking.

My car has 270000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

The power steering pump may whine if the fluid level has become too low from a leak or you may hear a squealing noise if the belt has become too slack. While the belt is off would be a good time to check the other components along the belt drive as well to possibly catch a problem before it gets too bad. Since the belt drive was serviced recently, it would be a good place to start looking for problems. Consider hiring an experienced technician like one from YourMechanic who can come out for a closer inspection of the noise to offer a more personal diagnosis.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Car makes noise like howling wind while Idling.

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Car is overheating when I drive but not when I idle. It will overheat then drop back to normal

The heater not working in some cases may be related to the overheating problem you are also having. This may be due to a faulty heater blower motor or potentially a bad heater core. As you may know, the heater...

Q: Broke my AC with a rock

I can understand why this situation would be such a disappointment. It's never fun to drive in the heat due a broken A/C system, or have to deal with the smell of exhaust fumes while driving on the freeway in...

Q: My car shakes and makes noise whenever I'm driving like it wants to shut off. It has shut off on me a couple times.

It sounds like you have excessive crankcase pressure as though the PCV valve was clogged ("throws oil out the oil filler tube"). Check the PCV valve and other crankcase ventilation hoses (to the throttle body and air intake). The excess...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.