Q: My car makes a creaking noise when cold but once warm it is completely quiet

asked by on

A couple days ago, I was getting in my car in the morning to go to work as usual. It was pretty cold out. My car started as usual. However, once I began to accelerate, it starting making a loud creaking noise. The noise only lasted until the car warmed up. Once warm, it was gone. The same thing happened the next morning but the noise wasn’t as loud (it wasn’t as cold out). This morning, I let my car warm up for a few minutes before moving, and there was no noise. Everything feels normal and runs great whether it’s making the noise or not. I get regular oil changes and regular maintenance done.

My car has 67600 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Trying to pin down noises in writing can be pretty tricky. what you call a whine I might call a roar, What you call a rattle I may call a knock, you get the idea. The reason I say this is that the most common cold startup noise people experience that goes away when warm is a belt squeal. It could be described as a creak, But when I think of creaks it’s usually more like the coffin lid opening in old horror movies. Creaks as I know them in automobiles are usually experienced while the car is moving and the suspension is moving over the bumps. If it’s a belt squeal, it can easily be solved by a belt or tensioner replacement. Suspension creaks are usually attributed to worn control arm bushings and frankly I think your car is a little too new for that. In either case, you can have this conveniently checked out by contacting YourMechanic. They can send a technician to your home or office to check out your creaking noise and tell you what you need to do.

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 makes a creaking noise when cold but once warm it is completely quiet

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: My cooling fans aren't working properly I think ...P

The cooling fans work according to relays that detect temperature and cause them to turn off and on. When these relays are not working properly, this will cause them to come on all the time, not at all or intermittently....

Q: Looking for a new battery 2006 Chevy Aveo

Hello - the original battery group for this vehicle is a Group 86. I would recommend battery replacement with that specification battery by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come to your location, and replace...

Q: Car runs great but sometime it won't let you acellarate

It sounds like you may have a transmission problem such as transmission fluid or possibly a faulty transmission control module. Your car's transmission uses transmission fluid to create hydraulic pressure which allows the transmission to shift gears. When the transmission...

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...
P0240 OBD-II Trouble Code: Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance
P0240 code definition Turbocharger Boost Sensor B Circuit Range/Performance What the P0240 code means P0240 is an OBD-II generic code triggered when the Engine Control Module (ECM) detects the intake boost...
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...