Why is my car making an odd noise?
November 2, 2006 4:42 PM Subscribe
My '96 Civic is making a peculiar noise when I start it up in the morning.
posted by fermion to travel & transportation (14 answers total)
The noise is a sort of sharp flapping, clicking sound--the best approximation I can think of is the noise you would get if you stuck a piece of typing paper in the blades of a running fan.
The noise starts when I start driving after the car has been sitting around for a long time--so far I have only noticed it in the morning and when I go home from work. It gets louder and faster when I press the accelerator, and becomes nearly inaudible if I ease off. As the car warms up the noise gets quieter, and two or three minutes after I start driving it goes away. The noise sounds like it's coming from the front of the car, from somewhere within or near the engine.
Background: The car is a 1996 Honda Civic, which had its axles replaced last year and will probably need its rear suspension replaced sometime soon. It has had some recent problems with oil leaks. I commute 25 miles each way to work on surface streets and LA freeways.
Is this just an old-car noise, or should I be fearing for the safety of my engine and/or my life?