Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car makes noise over 30 mph

asked by on

My car makes a noise when I get up to 30 mph. It also feels sluggish getting up speed.

A: Several components can cause strange noises...

Several components can cause strange noises during vehicle operation. The sluggish symptom points to a lack of power, which can come from a fault in the engine or transmission as the engine makes the power and the transmission puts that power to the road. Lack of maintenance or a failed sensor is enough to choke an engine. This includes spark plugs, the fuel filter, or pump and air mass and oxygen sensors. Also dirty/burned transmission fluid can hinder performance to some degree. Have an experienced mechanic, like the ones here at YourMechanic, look over the vehicle’s components for worn/noisy parts and any missed maintenance items.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Shifting problems at high speed

My guess is that the overdrive relay or solenoid has failed. If either of these parts fail, your Volvo will not shift into overdrive. This is a very common problem on Volvos such as yours. A trained professional, such as...

Q: Cabin lights not working

Hi there. The power is supplied to the interior lights circuit via fuse 18 and the lights are turned on and off via the lighting control module. If fuse 18 keeps blowing, then you have a direct short and the...

Q: Truck stuck in park

There is a wide variety of reasons as to why a vehicle may not shift out of park. A common reason, however, is a failed brake switch located at the pedal. I would first test the brake switch to make...

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 P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
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.