Q: Noise from front driver's side.

asked by on January 14, 2016

I have a noise coming from the front driver's side of my car. I am not sure what it is.

Car is making a noise Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

Without hearing the noise it will be hard to make an accurate diagnosis of the cause but there are several things that can be done to eliminate or highlight possible causes. First is determining the type of noise and conditions under which the noise occurs. This is done by answering a few questions about the noise and the conditions under which the noise occurs. Does the noise happen in drive and/or park? What speed ranges does the noise occur? What type of noise is occurring (Squealing, grinding,popping, etc.)? Is the noise affected by engine RPM changes? Does the noise occur due to road conditions (i.e. bumps and undulations in road surface)?

Now, there is a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) that Ford has out on a known popping issue for 2006-2009 Mercury Milans. The document is TSB 08-18-4 and it provides a fix for a front suspension popping sound or creaking sound coming from the top of the front strut mounts at slow speeds. The repair requires putting an approved lubricant on the contact points between the front strut mounts and body. You may want to enlist the help of a mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, who has the proper training and equipment to find the cause of the noise and carry out the proper repair.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

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

What others are asking

Windows have bad wind noise problem

Road noise can be very distracting while driving. Fortunately, Chevrolet is aware of this problem and has issued a Technical Services Bulletin (TSB) addressing the wind noise concerns. I highly recommend making an appointment with your local authorized Chevrolet dealership...

My car isn't accelerating when I put in in drive and press the gas pedal.

Hi there. Check the brakes on your vehicle to see if they may be locked. Check the parking brake and make sure that its released. Visually look at around the brakes for anything out of the ordinary. If the brakes...

Car stalls when stopped, steering wheel locks up

Yes, this is a common problem with CX-9. Carbon deposits can build in the throttle body causing a restriction in airflow and reaction time of the throttle plate causing stalling with no Check Engine Light or no diagnostic trouble codes....

Exhaust making noise.

You may need a new exhaust manifold that got warped or cracked. The pipes that connect to the manifold are known to rust out and break the manifold bolts.

Car stalling at average speeds, no engine codes

A faulty air mass meter could cause drivability issues and not throw a code right away. The air mass meter is one of the sensors that help sets base injection timing. If the sensor is reading correctly but is within...

While driving back from the next city, I heard a rather loud flapping noise coming from behind the doghouse.

Hi there. The flapping noise you are hearing from behind the doghouse, could prove to be, difficult to diagnose. Temperature may be affecting the severity of the noise. Removing the doghouse may be helpful in isolating the noise. There are...

Driver side door lock button not working, and passenger side sliding door makes a buzzing noise

Hi there. These door issues are common on this vehicle. Most of the time the main issue is the master door lock switch on the driver door. It sounds like you already replaced that. As for the sliding door problem,...

Clutch went soft and no longer with disengage/shift gears

You most likely caused the internal piston in the clutch master cylinder to be damaged. I would recommend having the clutch pedal pushed while monitoring clutch to see if it is moving the clutch slave cylinder. If it is not...

Rough idle and shakes at stops

What you are describing sounds like a dirty or failing idle air control valve. The idle air control valve monitors the air intake as it is mixed with fuel prior to being injected into the engine at low speeds and...

Related articles

Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Sliding Motor Door Assembly
Common signs include sliding doors not opening, noise coming from the door, and metal-to-metal grinding when opening and closing the door.
Why Does My AC Rattle When I Turn It On?
Common reasons why a car AC system makes a rattling noise is due to a failing AC compressor, worn serpentine belt, or worn out AC compressor clutch.
Why Does My AC Rattle When I Turn It On?
Common reasons why a car AC system makes a rattling noise is due to a failing AC compressor, worn serpentine belt, or worn out AC compressor clutch.