Q: My car feels like jumpy or chirpy. I had oil change a week before.

asked by on

The car starts fine and rides few feet and then feels like jumpy with noise

My car has 185000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hi there. Check the serpentine / drive belt on the engine. The chirping noise that you are hearing is the belt being loaded up or slipping. If the belt is old, then I recommend replacing the belt with a new one. If the belt is new or has no cracks on it, then remove the belt and drive the vehicle around for a little bit. If the noise goes away, then either the belt was worn or an accessory is loading up the belt. Most of the time, the alternator puts on too much of a load and causes the belt to chirp. Also, since you had an oil change earlier, check the engine oil level and make sure that its full. If you need further assistance with the chirping noise from the engine, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

Was this answer helpful?

Hello. Engine noises can be caused by a wide variety of issues. If the problems only started after an oil change then the first thing I would do is check the vehicle’s oil level. If the oil is low for some reason it may cause the engine to produce mechanical noises, perhaps due to oil starvation to the engine components. If the noise appears to affect performance then that may be a sign of a potentially serious issue. It may also be possible that the noise is related to something else, such as an engine accessory, or even the steering or suspension. As noises can sometimes be difficult to diagnose, simply due to the amount of noise generated during normal operation, I would recommend having a professional technician, such as one from YourMechanic, come to your location to diagnose the cause of your noises.

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. My car feels like jumpy or chirpy. I had oil change a week before.

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: 1999 Pontiac Grand AM runs rough and smells weird

Hello. An engine running rough at idle could be a vacuum leak creating the wrong fuel ratio for the engine to operate correctly. The smell is probably unburned fuel caused by the vacuum leak issue. The belt shredding could be...

Q: Something rubbing a hole in tire

Hi there. If there is an obstruction in your wheel well then that can come in contact with your tires and puncture your tire. It can possibly be a piece of bent metal that is coming in contact with your...

Q: Chirping noise for rear passenger tire.

Trying to find the source of a chirping noise is very difficult for many mechanics because it can be coming from multiple sources. However, I was given a clue as to the location of your chirping issue when you said...

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...
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...
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...