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Why is my car making strange noises?

By blogsadmin | Posted in Service & Maintenance, Tips & Tricks on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 at 11:39 am

Honda Vehicle Maintenance 

Is your Honda making loud or strange noises when you idle or drive?  Well something may be in need of service then.  But what can cause these noises? 

There are a number of things that can happen with your vehicle that can cause it to make odd noises.  Some of these issues are more serious than others and could possibly mean that your vehicle is about to kick the bucket.  Here are some common car problems that can cause weird noises: 

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Squealing, squeaking, scraping or grinding noise while braking. 

This may be the most common issue when it comes to cars brakes (brake rotors, pads, shoes) needing to be adjusted, cleaned or replaced.  Sometimes the noise could be a clunking sound that happens while braking, this usually indicates that something is wrong with a brake caliper. 

Hissing or sizzling sound coming from under the hood. 

If you hear this when you first shut off the engine, then it means that something is leaking onto a heated engine part, such as coolant or oil.  It could also be that a vacuum line is leaking or that the engine is overheating. 

Loud roaring sounds that increase while accelerating. 

This is most likely caused by damage to the exhaust system.  However, it could also be transmission issues like if the clutch is slipping or that it’s not advancing to the next gear.  If you hear a rattling from below the vehicle is could also mean that something is wrong with the exhaust system, like if it’s loose (though it could also be loose brake pads). 

[Read More: What are the Honda warning lights?]

View our Honda service couponsA squealing or chirping noise while accelerating. 

This usually means that a belt or belts are loose and slipping or that an accessory’s drive pulley as become misaligned. 

Pinging or knocking noises from your engine. 

Most likely caused by an ignition problem, such as a bad fuel filter, fuel injector, distributor cap or damaged spark plugs. 

Loud noises while idling. 

This could be simple wear and tear that happens over time.  It could be caused by a valve being stuck, low engine oil, low oil pressure or that the engine is overheating. 

If you hear any of these noises from your vehicle, contact our knowledgeable service staff at Indy Honda and we’ll help figure out what is happening.  You can also schedule a service appointment online. 


5 Responses to “Why is my car making strange noises?”

  1. Hannah Schroeder says:

    Thank you for explaining that a clunking sound when braking might be caused by a problem with the brake caliper. This has been happening to my Subaru Impreza whenever I brake slowly going down a hill. Now I know what the problem is, I can find an auto shop that can fix it. Thanks again!

  2. Adolf Vinh says:

    If for some reason your car is making uncouth noises it may leads to huge problem in upcoming days. So keeping knowledge about different types of noise produced by your car help you to protect it from getting breakdown. Hissing sound coming from under the hood indicates there is leakage of fluid in the cooling system where as pinging and knocking sound from engine warns you ignition problem associated there. So you should take suitable step for replacement of bad fuel filter, fuel injector, distributor cap or damaged spark plugs as quickly as possible by a car expert.

  3. Louis Norman says:

    Modern vehicles are engineered in such a way that they perform smoothly in normal circumstances. But one of the biggest demerits is, when a vehicle owner handles his speed machine in an improper fashion, his speculation gets malfunctioned in an arresting fashion. When anything goes wrong, your automobile shows its unpleasantness through noises including- hissing, clunking, porcine squealing, screeching, growling, under-hood percussion, clattering, howling etc. These are just the warning threats of upcoming repairs. So, whenever you sense that your car is making an unwanted noise continuously, you should take your car to a certified auto repair- where you can avail different kinds of ‘auto servicing facilities- ‘ for your prized venture. Thanks for the illuminating details:)

  4. Lucy Edward says:

    Modern vehicle are furnish with advanced technology. But still due to some reason it shows malfunction. There are some reason due to which a car makes sound.This may be the most common issue when it comes to cars brakes, rotor, pad or shoes, So it is recommended that adjust clean or replace your brake to get rid of this weird sound. The indication of other sounds are Hissing or sizzling indicates the problem is under the hood. Loud roaring sounds indicates acceleration is high. Loud noises indicates problem in idling. Please visit for more information .

  5. Greco says:

    Thanks for the tips about that roaring noise I keep hearing. Whenever I have driven my car this last week, I thought it was just going to up and stop working in the middle of the road! It is nice to know that it could just be the gear box or exhaust system. I will take it in immediately to get it checked. Thank you again, you have saved my car!

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