Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Rattling noise from front left during left turns or while going over bumps.

asked by on

2014 Ram 2500 Quad Cab 4x4 with Hemi. A mnth or so ago the truck started making a 'rattle' noise from the front left when making left hand turns or going over bumps. No noise when going straight. Need to be going about 15mph or over while turning left to produce sound. Sound is similar to a pebble being shaken around in a hard plastic or tin can. Initially thought a pebble was caught behind the plastic hub cap that snaps over the lugs. Not the case, the cover is empty. Noise can be heard only during left turns or hitting bumps. Noise also present when 4wd is engaged, Hi and Low. Honestly, the sound is almost like rocks hitting the heat shield of the exhaust, but seems to be coming from the front left (passenger side). Truck has not been aligned since leveled about 3 months ago. Rough Country 2.5" level kit installed.

My car has 32000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi there. Base on the information you'v...

Hi there. Base on the information you've provided this may be a result of the leveling kit installation. I would check the caliper on the left front and make sure the mounting bolts for the caliper and pads are proper tightened. Then check the installation of the shock to see if the nut is overtightened and squeezing the bushing flat; simply look a the top of the shock and see if the bushing is flat and allowing the metal washers to make contact. Also check the sway bar link for similar signs as noted for checking the shock. The last thing that I would suspect is a wheel bearing that may not have been properly tightened or may need to be torqued. YourMechanic has several technicians that can provide you with a proper suspension inspection for the noise and advise you further on repairs.

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・Save up to 30%

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: How do I adjust the steering wheel of a 2012 Toyota RAV4?

It’s important that you have the right position and the right grip on the steering wheel at all times. Because drivers are different heights and have longer or shorter reaches, your vehicle is equipped with an adjustable steering wheel. It...

Q: A tin metal like rattling sound when I accelerate from a low speed.

Hello. My first inclination would be to say, "torque converter". That is easy to rule in or out as you might be able to get a "free" diagnosis from a transmission shop. I'm not recommending you repair it there but...

Q: Heavy vibration when braking above 40 mph. Also vibrates in the steering wheel

This may be a variety of things, such as wheels and tires out-of-balance, poor alignment, worn or failing wheel bearings, worn or failing control arm bushings, or worn or failing suspension components. A wheel bearing will usually fail due...

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...
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...
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.