Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Lots of noise on startup, car isn’t a morning person

asked by on

I have a 2010 Subaru Forester that makes a heck of a racket when it starts in the morning. I notice that the cold makes the noises worse. Otherwise the car runs fine. I am pretty concerned as the car only has 15,000 miles on it. Any reason this should be happening?

A: Hello! Thank you for writing in with this q...

Hello! Thank you for writing in with this question. Due to the design and characteristics of the “boxer” style engine, this cold-start noise is considered “normal” by Subaru corporate. It may be a good idea to have a professional at YourMechanic take a look and listen to the vehicle during cold-start to eliminate the possibility of any mechanical issues.

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: Strange noise in tires after new ones installed

Have the parking brakes checked to make sure they are not dragging. Have the noise diagnosed to see if it is coming from the rear parking brake module. This is an electronic module that controls the rear parking brakes and...

Q: Sluggish acceleration while in 2nd gear.

This could be traditional "turbo lag" - I would check the turbocharger boost control components for air leaks, or poor electrical connections. I would also check the throttle position sensor, which may not always be recognizing your foot pressing the...

Q: Battery dies out quickly

It may be that the battery is near the end of its useful life, even though the dealership said it was OK. I suggest having the battery replaced first. If that does not help, the alternator may be bad or...

Related articles

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 P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control 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...
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.