Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Cricket sound/like tea kettle ready to go off-kinda whistle like

asked by on

my vehicle makes this obnoxious sound when I start it up and drive around town....it also makes the same sound when I drive past 55 too. it makes me think it is a belt or something. I got the serpentine belt changed, coolant flush, and put new water pump in ( all needed to be done anyway) thinking that would make the sound go away, but it has not. I still hear the sound even on the same day he put a new water-pump in. I'm a woman-very tired of the sound-its embarrassing! my mechanic thinks I need to just deal with it- because my behicle will not break down if I go on a long trip because of the sound. He thinks it is drivable and would not put the money into fixing it..I am not sure that he really knows what the problem is...but like most husbands, they might rather say,"if it ain't broke, don't fix it!" please tell me what to fix on my vehicle so that stupid sound will go away and stop annoying me!

My car has 190000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. Since it’s not possible for me to hear the noise directly, I suggest the following to help narrow down the possibilities. Lets try to narrow down things that make the noise better/worse, or make the noise move. Different problems have different symptoms. A power steering pump problem, even low fluid in the PS, can whine something terrible, especially when turning the vehicle. A bearing (fan belt idler pulley, alternator pulley, etc.) can make screeching or whining noises. A "hissing or tea-kettle" noise could come from a coolant leak - but you should see steam, and lose coolant over time. An air leak around a window or door can make hissing or roaring sounds, which will often go away when the window is cracked or rolled down, and it will change with speed. Does the sound happen when the engine is running, even if the car is not yet moving? Does the sound vary with your speed - you mention both "around town" and "above 55". If anything you do while driving makes it worse (or better), that is a clue to solve the problem. Your car will tell you many things, we just have to listen, and sometimes feel what it is doing. If you would like to have another mechanic take a look, consider YourMechanic, as a certified technician can come to your home or office to inspect the sound and pinpoint any repairs needed.

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: Power steering leak I need to have fixed.

Hello, if you have a power steering leak that visible, then that part or seal must be replaced to stop the leak for proper operation. It's not good to let a power steering pump run dry as it will cause...

Q: What would cause the carpet on the floor(back driver side) to be soaked?

You should have your A/C drain checked to make sure it is clear. You have floor vents that go under your seats, and if the A/C drain is plugged or not draining, then the water will come out of the...

Q: Scraping noise shifting gears

Hello there, thank you for asking about your 2013 BMW 135i. The symptoms you are describing can be caused by both transmission and clutch pedal issues. If the synchronizer rings inside of the transmission wear out, it can cause the...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
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.
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.