Q: loud constant click noise like machine gun kind of

asked by on

My van make a loud clicking noise kinda like a machine gun. It does this only in drive when accelerating never in nuetral or park. sound goes away if gas isn't pushed it is constant in drive and when reversing the clicking isn't so close together it is more of a popping.

My car has 196639 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Hello. I will help you with your concern about the unusual clicking noises in your 2003 Windstar. The car has to be diagnosed in person of course but noises of the type you are describing are often due to failed outboard constant velocity (CV) joints on the drive axles that connect the transmission to the wheels. If the outer joint has worn out typically the entire axle (also known as a CV half shaft) is replaced (one or "both" axles might need replacing) as it is not economical to just repair the joint. A CV axle replacement is not uncommon and can easily be done on a mobile basis at your home. If you would like a definitive diagnosis of the problem, a qualified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s home or office to inspect the clicking noise and help you proceed with repairs.

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. loud constant click noise like machine gun kind of

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: Lights not working after battery change.

The systems share two different fuses. The 30amp headlight fuse and the 15amp meter fuse. These two fuses may be blown and would need to be checked before further diagnostics would be done. If your bad battery was jump started...

Q: 3100 v6 on 2003 buick century lacks power under acceleration, spits and sputters, hard to get up to speed

If your vehicle is hesitating upon acceleration, it is possible that you have a fuel issue. Some of the potential causes of this issue would include a faulty fuel pump, faulty fuel pressure regulator, or a clogged fuel filter. I...

Q: I have a 2006 Pontiac grand prix. The engine shut down on me, but everything still works inside the car. This is the second time

Depending on what fuse you are referring to, this may impact whether or not the car will start. There are a number of relays that will affect the ability of the car to start such as a starter relay, a...

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...
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 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.