Q: Car sounds like golf cart when revving and braking; also leaking fluid; sound fades as car warms up

asked by on

When I first start car in morning a loud continuous squeal that fades after 20-30 secs. It's leaking fluid/oil. Everyday it sounds worse. When I back out the driveway it's quiet but when I get out to close my gate (put in park) it sounds like a golf cart with intermittent grating sounds peppered in. My car sounds like a golf cart/weed wacker when driving. Sound mostly disappears if I keep driving for a while. But the next day, there is more fluid in the drive way (not only oil), and the sound is worse.

My car has 104000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello, There are a number of things that could make an engine noisy when starting up. Depending on the specific type of sound you are referring to, this will determine how to properly diagnose. If there is a bit of a hissing sound, this may be a sign of a vacuum leak. If this is more of a shrieking sound, this may be a sign of a worn out or out of adjustment serpentine belt. If there is a bit of a howling or growling sound, this may be a sign of a worn out or low on fluid power steering pump. A rattling or pinging sound may be caused by an ignition problem. An engine can ping (or knock) due to an improper combustion process. A "spark knock" is the result of combustion occurring too early. Early combustion can occur from carbon buildup inside the combustion chamber, a lean air/fuel mixture, and advanced ignition timing (spark plug firing too soon). A clattering type sound may be a result of improper lubrication in the valve train which could be a more serious problem and should be addressed as soon as possible. I would suggest having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your vehicle to ensure everything is in proper working order.

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 sounds like golf cart when revving and braking; also leaking fluid; sound fades as car warms up

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: My car shakes badly mostly between 40-70 mph and gets better when I left off gas.. Help plz

Hello, thank you for writing in. The most common cause of shaking is a misfire. Misfiring is a general term for any kind of issue with the combustion of the air fuel mixture in the combustion chambers. Start by having...

Q: Brake pad replacement - Front & Rear

If your vehicle uses DOT 5 (silicone-based) fluid, the flush interval is much, much longer than 2 years or 32,000 miles. However, if your vehicle uses glycol based fluid, it should be thoroughly removed from the brake system roughly every...

Q: My car is idling weird and cuts off when I put it into any gear

Hello there. A few common problems will cause your 1996 Nissan Maxima to cut out when it is put in gear and have a rough idle. The idles issues and cutting off could be related or separate issues. Likely causes...

Related articles

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 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...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.