Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car making spinning, rattling noise

asked by on

When started, the car makes a loud spinning, rattling noise, accompanied by the smell of something burning. I've also noticed that the spinning noise increases the faster I go. In addition, the car smells like gasoline, and the AC/heater have not been working. Finally, water leaks into the floorboard of the car.

A: The first problem I think of is spark knock...

The first problem I think of is spark knocking or pinging. This is when the combustion of the air/fuel mixture in the cylinder does not start off correctly in response to ignition by the spark plug, but one or more pockets of air/fuel mixture explode outside the envelope. It is possible that your fuel pump is going bad as well. I would recommend having a certified technician come out and perform a tune up on the car. This consists of changing the spark plug and wires, air filter, and cabin air filter. I would also recommend having your fuel filter replaced as well. As for the water leaking on the floor, we need to determine if it is engine coolant or if it is condensation from the evaporator under the dash. If it is just condensation then you just may have a drain that is clogged up under the car and can be easily unclogged.

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

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I installed a boss 302 manifold on my 13 mustang gt 5.0 and the bolt in the middle pasenger side craked but the other bolts are in.

Hi there. The bolt that cracked the manifold will not cause the cylinder 1 to misfire. The misfire is caused by a faulty spark plug, a faulty spark plug wire, a faulty fuel injector, or a burned valve. Check the...

Q: Problem with noisy brakes

Depending on what part you purchased, you might be ok. Brakes usually only make noises if they are installed incorrectly, or if the friction material (brake pads) are not solidly connecting to the rotors. If the rotors have high spots...

Q: Car overheating and rattling

Hi there. The overheating of your vehicle may have caused your head gasket to warp. This warpage allows coolant to enter combustion chambers causing your vehicle to not efficiently cool. An external leak is not necessary for this blown head...

Related articles

How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...