Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Groaning noise in SUV front end

asked by on

My SUV has around 112,000 miles. Lately, there has been a groaning noise in the front end, when I start the car, when I accelerate, and it is the worst when I make turns. After the car warms up, the problem dissipates, but never goes away completely. There is plenty of power steering fluid. What should I check for next and how do I fix this?

A: Hello. There are several components that co...

Hello. There are several components that could be causing this problem. The power steering pump, serpentine belt tensioner, serpentine belt pulley, or water pump could be going bad. It is also possible that the compressor clutch is faulty. I would recommend that you have a certified technician, like one from YourMechanic, complete an inspection of your vehicle to pinpoint why your car is making a noise.

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: Car loses power steering when turning in the rain

Hi there, thanks for writing in. The issues you're experiencing are commonly caused by an exposed wire that is shorting when introduced to moisture or ignition problems that temporarily shut down electrical power to important components. The power steering on...

Q: Check engine light

Hi there, Thanks for taking time to write in about your 2010 Mini Cooper. The cause of most engine sputtering in today's modern cars is not fuel-related, but problems with the O2 sensors or other minor electrical gremlins inside...

Q: Car shakes heavily when I brake

The shaking when you brake is most likely caused by one of more of your brake rotors being warped. Your steering wheel not being straight could be due to a worn suspension component in the front of your Jeep. This...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
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...
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...