Why Does My Car Make Noise When Turning My Steering Wheel?

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So your car is making noise when you turn the steering wheel. To figure out the source of your problem, we need to dig a little deeper. Can you describe the noise? Is it a clunk, crunch, screech, squeal, whine, hum, clicking, grinding or popping? The front end of your car can make all of these noises for different reasons because it is so complicated and full of joints and mechanisms that carry the weight of your car and engine while still allowing your front wheels to spin and carry the engine’s power to the ground, travel with the suspension, and turn sharply to get you into that tight parking spot. Due to how complex your steering and suspension system is, it can be a challenge to figure out just where the source of the problem is. Below, we will describe where those grinding sounds, rubbing sounds, and creaking sounds are all coming from when turning the car.

Why does my car make a noise when turning my steering wheel?

If you are wondering “Why is there a whining, squealing, clicking, or grinding noise when turning my steering wheel?” then this first video is for you!

What causes a whining noise when turning?

If you get noises when turning your wheel at low speed it could be coming from your power steering system or your suspension.  If you hear a whining noise when turning your wheel at low speed you could have a problem with your power steering pump.  We’ve got a great article about whining noises your power steering pump can make for more information about that.  

What causes popping noises when turning?

You may also get clunks, pops or creaks when turning at low speeds.  Those noises are usually from suspension joints that are worn out or broken.  Your suspension system uses bushings on joints that only need to move in 1 plane and ball joints in areas that need to have more flexibility.  Since these joints carry the weight of your car and the impact of all the bumps in the road they wear out over time.  When they do they allow the metal of your suspension components to rub on frame or attachment point on your car which can cause creak as you turn at low speeds.  Pops or clunks are usually caused by very loose components that can jump around while turning or going over bumps.

Why does my car make a clicking noise when I turn the wheel?

Usually, if your car is making crunching, clicking, or humming and grinding noises at higher speeds indicates problems with bearings, CV joints or differentials. Crunching or clicking is often associated with a bad CV joint and happens during a tight turn.  Humming sounds when turning at higher speeds usually indicate a wheel bearing is going bad and it hums during a turn because it is getting more or less load as the weight of your car shifts.  Bad wheel bearings are important to get fixed right away as they can cause uneven tire wear and unpredictable behavior from your car.  In extreme cases, they can cause your wheel to wobble or even fall off!

Why does my car make screeching, squealing or whining noises when turning the steering wheel?

If you hear any of these noises when turning your steering wheel they typically indicate a problem with your power steering system like a loose belt low power steering fluid.  Your power steering system is a relatively simple system in your vehicle.  It usually consists of the pump, usually driven by a belt on the front of your motor, the rack or steering gear, tie rods to connect the rack or steering gear to the knuckles where your wheels are attached, and hoses or hard lines to connect the pump to the gear or rack.  Over time, some of the seals that contain the power steering fluid can wear down from normal use and cause small leaks.  As the power steering fluid leaks out, your power steering pump can start to whine when you turn the steering wheel letting you know it’s low on fluid.

To quickly stop any leaks in your power steering system, use BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak.  You don’t need to spend the time crawling around under your car or in the engine bay with a flashlight trying to determine where your leak may be.  Simply add BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak to your power steering fluid reservoir and top it off with the recommended power steering fluid.  The leak will be sealed as you drive!  BlueDevil’s unique formula will soften and expand the seals in your power steering system stopping your leak, guaranteed!  With your leak stopped, your power steering system will work like normal again leaving you with a quiet ride!

There are other less common noises your car can make while turning:

Why does my car make a scraping noise when I turn the wheel?

Scraping sounds when turning are often due to loose plastic pieces at the front of your car.  These plastic shields are in your wheel well and under your under to help direct airflow to help your engine cooling system work and to keep water away from electrical components.  Many times these plastic shields are secured with plastic clips that can easily brake allowing these shields to drag on the ground or on your tire during a turn which will sound like a scrape.

Why does my steering wheel make a rubbing noise when turning?

If you are hearing a loud rubbing noise when turning, it is likely that the problem is coming from the upper bearing of the steering wheel column. Another possibility is that the cover on the back of a steering wheel can begin rubbing against the covers on the steering column. This issue is usually more common in the summer months when the weather is warmer causing some car parts to expand due to the heat.

How do you know if you have a bad CV joint?

A bad CV joint will create a clicking sound rhythmic with wheel speed while turning a sharp corner.

What can happen if a CV joint fails

CV joints rarely fail catastrophically without a lot of warning.  The clicking sound will start first and happen in easier and easier turns until you hear the sound even when driving almost straight.  For most drivers, the sound and vibration get far too annoying to continue driving with and will replace the bad CV axle before it fails.  There is the possibility of the joint separating which would make your car undrivable and could possibly damage other suspension components.

Why is there a ticking noise in my car?

Ticking noises usually don’t come from the steering system or steering wheel in your car.  Ticking noises are usually associated with your engine as there are many moving parts that can tick inside your engine.  Try reading our article about where engine ticking comes from for more information.

Why is my steering wheel clicking?

If there is a clicking noise coming from right behind your steering wheel that only happens when you turn they you most likely have a bad clock spring.  The clock spring is an electrical connection that allows the buttons on your steering wheel, like your horn or cruise control, to work without having wires directly connected that could get twisted up when you turn your steering wheel.  It’s a small spring on the wheel side that makes contact with an electrical race on the steering column side.  If this spring breaks or gets stuck it will click as you turn your wheel.

 

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313 responses to "Why Does My Car Make Noise When Turning My Steering Wheel?"

313 Comments

  1. Dimitry on July 24, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    I have a 1999 Acura TL, and recently I’ve noticed kind of like-grinding noise (can’t figure out what kind of noise) when I first start my car and put it in drive, I turn the steering wheel both ways and it starts making this aweful rubbing noise. It does it when I don’t drive for a while, such as over night, after I get off work, etc. but I also have a light showing that reads” maintanence Require” would that have anything to do with the noise? Thanx in advance- Dimitry

    • BlueDevil Pro on July 29, 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Yes, the “check engine” light is probably related to the noise. You may want to have a diagnostic run on the vehicle so that you may pinpoint the cause.

      • Sheri on June 12, 2022 at 8:08 pm

        I have an Acura tl 2004 makes a knocking sound when turning the wheel at slow speeds and I can feel it in the brakes like a bump in the tire. Do u think it’s the bushings that need replaced or bad suspension? Also when on the freeway the cars shaking. Especially when I hit the brakes gryying off the freeway

        • BlueDevil Pro on June 13, 2022 at 9:13 am

          Sheri-

          Thank you for asking about your Acura. Based on your description, we recommend bringing the vehicle to a certified ASE mechanic immediately for a proper diagnosis. You could be dealing with worn/damaged cv joints, or worse, bad wheel bearings. It is dangerous to drive the vehicle under this condition and should be fixed immediately.

          Thank you!

          -BDP

        • Sandra on July 29, 2023 at 2:19 pm

          Hey got a steering dilemma, my steering wheel makes an audible sound and feel when I turn it to the left. Once it passes the hiccup it turns find. Also shaking when driving at higher speeds

          • BlueDevil Pro on July 31, 2023 at 9:00 am

            Sandra-

            Are you hearing a whining/humming noise or is it more of a grinding noise? Please contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 so that we can get a little better understanding of the vehicle’s condition and be able to make any appropriate recommendations.

            Thank you!

            -BDP



    • Clint on August 5, 2014 at 3:40 pm

      The maintenance light is not the same as the check engine light. The maintenance is set up by the factory to fire around every 3,000 miles to remind you about routine maintenance like oil changes. The check engine light is set up to go off when there is an electrical malfunction which will trigger one of these codes. That’s why there are so many sensors and electrical components. They all help diagnose a problem. So check your owner’s manual to make sure which it is. If it is indeed the check engine, take it over to your nearest auto parts store (O reily, autozone, NAPA, etc) and they can run an engine diagnostic to see where the problem is coming from.

      • BlueDevil Pro on August 6, 2014 at 5:53 pm

        Awesome Clint, thanks for passing along this extra info to Dimitry!

        -BDP

      • Tony Russsell on March 4, 2022 at 3:11 pm

        Making a hm when turning wheel fluid full

        • BlueDevil Pro on March 7, 2022 at 8:39 am

          Tony-

          Does the noise get louder when turning to any particular side? Please contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 so that we can get a little better understanding of the vehicle’s condition and be able to make any appropriate recommendations.

          Thank you!

          -BDP

      • Pat on June 11, 2022 at 6:09 am

        Hi dunno if sum1 can help me I have a honda accord 2007 2.4…everytime I take the exit of a highway basically getting out with a high speed wide right turn
        I hear (it’s gonna sound funny) but.. like shh shh shh shh sound til I bring the steering wheel to str8 position… But I’m on high speed so I’m confused a little could it be cv joints? Thx u

        • BlueDevil Pro on June 13, 2022 at 9:08 am

          Pat-

          Thank you for asking about your Honda Accord. It would be difficult to say what the issue is based on the sound you’ve described. It doesn’t sound like the cv joints are going bad, as you didn’t indicate any knocking, clicking or vibration. There could be uneven wear on the right side tire, creating that sound. Either way, it may be worth bringing the vehicle to a shop for a better diagnosis.

          Thank you!

          -BDP

        • Colette on July 23, 2022 at 10:33 pm

          That sounds like a slightly bent drive shaft rubbing or a muffler swaying over towards& slightly onto the driveshaft when the car is pivoting into hat particular turn position. Crawl under there h see if there’s a groove in the drive shaft. If there is, secure your muffler before it saws through it. It happened once.. learned my lesson.

        • trent on April 19, 2023 at 11:16 am

          hey im having this issue right now, what did you find out?

    • Donna on January 27, 2015 at 9:40 am

      I hear a rubbing sound, when I turn left only.

      • BlueDevil Pro on January 27, 2015 at 10:11 am

        Donna-

        We have previously posted an article that should hlep you be able to better diagnose what is going on. The article can be read here: https://gobdp.com/blog/steering-wheel-noise/.

        Feel free to comment at the bottom of the page with any additional questions.

        Thank you for your comment!

        -BDP

        • howerd on June 1, 2015 at 7:49 am

          Hello I have a fwd car that makes a clicking wen inturn left and accelerate at the same time had outer cv joint replaced on right hand side but still doing it eany one have a clue

          • BlueDevil Pro on June 16, 2015 at 3:10 pm

            Howerd,

            The sound you are describing does sound like a CV joint problem. It is almost always the outer CV joint that has failed in a front wheel drive application so it may be the opposite side CV joint that is the problem, or you may have a failed inner CV joint.



          • Bukky on September 25, 2021 at 4:04 pm

            My car steering is making this sound when I am turning.should I buy steering likage oil or is it the shaft



          • BlueDevil Pro on September 27, 2021 at 8:22 am

            Bukky-

            Does the power steering reservoir seem to be low on fluid? What kind of sound are you hearing? Please contact our technical support line at 888-863-0426 so that we can get a little better understanding of the vehicle’s condition and be able to make any appropriate recommendations.

            Thank you!

            -BDP



        • Colette on July 23, 2022 at 10:45 pm

          I have a 95 civic ex. Last year my steering was noisy for a time, then I parked in the driveway & asked my friend to bring his friend to come look at my car. When he arrived he started my car to check it out & the steering wheel was just spinning, but not moving the wheels. It took him 5 minutes to fix. He didn’t speak English but I gathered that a bolt had come loose under my column. Yesterday my steering started making that noise again, a kinda gritty noise & grabbing then letting go. I parked at the store & looked around in & under the column & couldn’t locate what was loose. I started to back up, figuring I would see if I could take covers off & locate the bolt when I got home to my tools..nope I lost my steering completely right there in the parking spot. I have no idea what I’m looking for.

    • Gary on July 5, 2015 at 4:55 am

      Thanks for asking for asking that question. I don’t see the answer and I have the same problem. I’m not worried about the light just want to know what the the problem was. If you figured it out please let me know. Thank you

      • Gary on July 5, 2015 at 5:36 am

        I was commenting on Dimitri that had the moaning sound when turning the steering wheel either way, but only moans when warming up. After driving for 20 minutes or so it’s fine. It’s an 04 Toyota camry if that helps. Thank you

      • Wendy scholz on December 15, 2022 at 8:31 am

        I have a ford 4wd had a power steering hose replaced it groans oñ lock on rhs but normal driving ok drives fine over bumps etc and drives straight otherwise just this groan when nearly lock

        • BlueDevil Pro on December 15, 2022 at 2:26 pm

          Wendy-

          Based on your description, it sounds as though you are experiencing the beginnings of a power steering pump going bad. Replacing the power steering pump would be your best option in this instance.

          Thank you!

          -BDP

    • Kev on August 23, 2021 at 11:42 pm

      What was the issue mine is doing the same this morning??

  2. Bee on August 25, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I noticed a loud rubbing noise when I turn the steering wheel this last week-end. Stopped by an oil change place and they found that my power steering port was missing the cap. I have now ordered one. The dealer told me to put on a zip lock bag with a rubber band to hold it in place. Do you think this is ok?

    • BlueDevil Pro on September 2, 2014 at 7:46 pm

      I would recommend using something tighter to make sure nothing leaks out of the power steering reservoir.

      -BDP

  3. Kristina on September 2, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    When I turn the steering wheel I hear and feel a grinding sound.
    Is this dangerous, as I need to drive from Birmingham to Brighton.
    The vehicle is a ford KA.

    • BlueDevil Pro on September 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Kristina,

      Good morning! Thanks for your question about your steering noise in your Ford Ka! I’m sorry that you are having problems with your car, but hopefully we can help. The Ford Ka has a know problem with having noisy steering. Many poeple seem to experience similar grinding or crunching noises as they turn the steering wheel and it can be fixed by adding grease to the steering joints or the universal joint in the steering column. Any mechanic should be able to help you out with that. Without looking at your vehicle it is difficult to tell if this is a dangerous condition so we do recommend you having a mechanic look at it.

      We also would like you to check out our article about noises that can come from your steering wheel and there causes. You can read the article here: https://gobdp.com/blog/steering-wheel-noise/ . If you have any further questions you can comment at the bottom of the article.

      Thanks again for your question!
      BlueDevil Pro

      • kino on February 6, 2015 at 1:09 am

        Hi I was wondering why I or how I can fix the winding noise on my pt cruiser every time I turn my wheel? My steering was just fine a few days ago but I noticed a leak under hood so I checked my fluids n the power steering was the only one low.so I got some stop leak n topped it off with it but only took bout inch n a half of it.then the next day today I started it up n turned my wheel it started making the noise.then I drove around n it stopped then went to store for bout half hour n it started again but won’t stop again.please guide me the right direction, thank u

        • BlueDevil Pro on February 10, 2015 at 7:53 pm

          Kino,

          Thanks for your question about your PT cruiser. Usually, it is a low power steering fluid level that will cause the whining you are hearing. If your power steering fluid is full and your leak is stopped and the whining continues you may have some air bubbles in your power steering system. Try allowing your engine to idle on level ground and remove the cap to your power steering fluid reservoir. This will allow any bubbles to be removed from the system and the whining to stop. The other possibility is that the low power steering fluid caused a little bit of damage to your power steering pump and the whining is an indication of that. This doesn’t necessarily mean you need a new pump immediately but it might be impossible to get the sound to stop without a new pump.

          • Robert on March 10, 2015 at 7:32 pm

            Hello I have a quick question. I drive a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica and live in Alaska and it’s -20 right now. When I turn on my car I hear a really loud whine coming from the steering wheel area. When I start driving and turn the steering wheel left and right the whining gets worse. I’m pretty sure my power steering fluid is full because they just changed my fluids with the last oil change a little less than a month ago. Any suggestions on what to do?? Thanks in advance!



          • BlueDevil Pro on March 13, 2015 at 10:44 am

            Robert-

            I would double check the power steering fluid level to be sure it has not become low due to a leak. If the level is still at it’s proper level then you may have to have the power steering pump inspected and possibly replaced.

            Thank You!

            -BDP



      • James on February 16, 2015 at 11:54 pm

        I have a 93 Honda civic cx. Hatchback i replaced the upper and lower ball joints on the passenger side and the outer tie rod ends on both side about 4 months and last week ita started making the same screeching noise (like a old rusty door opening) it was making before that stuff was replaced.. Which was the reason i replaced those parts… Any ideas what it could be.. Makes this noise when turning left or right and when appling the brakes also gdting out of the car..Car does not have power steering. Btw.. Any help would be helpful its driving me half crazy as this is my only vehicle at the moment..

        • BlueDevil Pro on February 24, 2015 at 4:37 pm

          James-

          Thanks for your question about your Honda Civic. I’m sorry it is making noises, but it sounds like you’re on the right track with fixing suspension components. It sounds like you’ve got more worn out suspension components. The only things left to replace are your front struts or lower control arms. Most likely one of the bushings is worn or the rubber is rotted out causing the metal on metal noise you are hearing.

          Our guess would be that it is the struts that are the problem as they are more susceptible to wear than the control arms. For a guide on how to tell where the noise is coming from, checkout our article on squeaky suspension here: https://gobdp.com/blog/squeaky-suspension/.

          If you have any more questions, please leave us a question at the bottom of that article.

          Thanks!

          -BDP

  4. Ashley on September 7, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    I have a 2003 Chevy impala. Recently when I start her up she makes a whirring noise and when I turn the wheel she makes a rubbing/grinding noise. Do I need to add power steering fluid or…?

    • BlueDevil Pro on September 9, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Ashley,

      Good morning! Thanks for asking us a question on our article “Why is there Noise When Turning My Steering Wheel?”! The noises your hearing may be coming from a few different places so we would like you to start by reading our blog about the different noises your steering system can make here: https://gobdp.com/blog/steering-wheel-noise/

      In your case specifically it does sound like you need to add power steering fluid. With your car off, unscrew the cap to the power steering fluid reservoir. It should have a dipstick attached to the bottom of the cap. This can help you tell if you are low on power steering fluid.

      If this doesn’t stop the rubbing sound you are hearing when you turn the wheel please comment on the bottom of our article “Steering Wheel Noise” and we can try to dig deeper.

  5. jennifer on September 10, 2014 at 2:44 am

    hello, I have a 2007 impala and when I turn the wheel I hear a click noise but also i have heard my tires squeal in the last day and they are fairly new tires. Can this be related?

    • BlueDevil Pro on September 12, 2014 at 12:49 pm

      To Jennifer:
      Jennifer, thanks for your question on our blog! If your tires are new and still squealing while you are turning corners it might be because the pressure is low in one or both of them. Sometimes new tires can loose air quickly as they seat on the rim, or the wrong amount of air could have been put in at the shop, so it is worth a check. You should be able to find the recommended pressure for your tires in the owners manual. Start with making sure all 4 tires have the proper air pressure and see if that solves your problem. If that doesn’t fix it, then the clicking may be a few different things. A constant clicking during a tight turn your CV joints most likely need to be replaced and if its a single loud click your most likely need a new tie rod or other steering joint to be replaced and should have your car looked at by a mechanic to make sure its safe. I hope this helps you find out what’s going on, and please let us know if there is anything else we can help with!

      • Dominique on August 4, 2015 at 8:59 pm

        I have a 09 chevy impala. And I hear a click or like a pop noise when I turn the steering wheel left to right. It does this when I’m in park and turning wheel back and fourth or when turning out of a parking spot. Doesnt do it when accelerating and turning. Please help

        • BlueDevil Pro on August 14, 2015 at 10:02 am

          Dominique,

          Thanks for your question about your 2009 Chevy Impala. The noise you’re describing sounds like a loose suspension component in your frontend. Since you only hear the noise when stopped or going slow the place we would recommend starting by inspecting your tie rod ends for play and wear. You can do this by securing your vehicle and lifting one front wheel of the ground at a time. Grab the wheel at 3 and 9 o’clock and try and move it back and forth. If you can feel play there you need to replace the tie rod on that side. If that isn’t your problem, the pop could also be coming from the ball joints on your lower control arm or your lower shock mount.

  6. junaid on September 10, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    hi,
    from last two days, when i turn my car left or right/ turn on round about my car starting beeping 3 times, on first beep the hand brake ON warning light comes on but as third beep noise sounds it disappears. I have skoda fabia 1.2 2003. I cant figure out what is the problem.
    thanks.

    • BlueDevil Pro on September 16, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      To Junaid:
      Junaid, thanks for your question! I’m sorry you have a confusing problem with your Skoda. It sounds like you have a low brake fluid level. The hand brake “ON” warning light is usually the same as the low brake fluid warning light and Skodas often are programed to beep 3 times if you have a low brake fluid condition to give you an immediate warning. It sounds like when you are going through round or turning a corner, the fluid is shifting in the reservoir enough to uncover the sensor. You can check your brake fluid level and make sure it is topped off with the recommended fluid, but since your brake system is such an important system we do recommend having your Skoda looked at by a professional mechanic.

    • Dave Geraets on October 19, 2022 at 8:26 am

      I have a nissan lafesta 2005 when I turn left only you hear this soft rubber sounds
      Please please please help me

      • BlueDevil Pro on October 19, 2022 at 10:09 am

        Dave-

        Thank you for asking about your Nissan. A rubbing sound when turning to a particular side could indicate that the wheel bearing on that side is going bad. We’d recommend having the vehicle looked at immediately before the situation gets worse.

        Thank you!

        -BDP

  7. Casey on September 11, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    When I start my 1995 Toyota Celica in the morning (or when the car has been sitting in cold weather for a while) I hear a loud screech whenever i turn the wheel even slightly. as I ride this screech goes away as ( I assume) the car warms up. Any ideas on what may be causing this?

    • BlueDevil Pro on September 16, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      To Casey:
      Casey, thanks for your question! I’m sorry your Celica is screeching. It sounds like you probably need to replace or adjust your power steering belt. Your power steering pump is powered by a belt that is driven by the engine crank pulley. If that belt is loose or needs to be replaced it can screech when it slips on the pulley. In the morning when the power steering fluid is cold and thicker, or when you turn the wheel it puts more load on the power steering pump, making it harder to turn the pulley which makes the belt slip and screech. You can check our our article about replacing and tensioning the belts on your car here: https://gobdp.com/blog/engine-belts-squeal/. If you have any more questions please leave us a comment at the bottom of that article.

      • peter portrait on January 19, 2015 at 1:39 pm

        Hi. My Ford Fiesta (Latin America version) Makes a grinding noise when cold. First I thought it was the automatic transmission (AW81-40), since the noise starts when putting it in (D)rive or (R)everse. But later I found the noise also happens when turning the steering wheel left or right!!

        The sound appears to be coming from the middle-lower “belt zone”.

        The AT is low on fluids, but I think can be something else (I will refill AT fluid as soon I can).

        Thanks a lot!

        Peter

        • BlueDevil Pro on January 22, 2015 at 9:56 am

          Peter-

          Our first recommendation is to get the Transmission Fluid back to its proper level as many vehicles will act up when the level is either too low or too high.

          We invite you to read our article regarding steering wheel noise to help you better diagnose the sounds you have been noticing. The article can be viewed here: https://gobdp.com/blog/steering-wheel-noise/

          We hope this helps you find a solution.

          -BDP

  8. Nick on September 23, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Hi I have a alfa Romeo brera and I have noticed when I go round a left hand bend no matter what the speed I get a noise similar to a grinding noise. This makes me think it could be the break disks maybe being warped or possibly a cv joint? Any ideas? Cheers in advance 🙂

    • BlueDevil Pro on September 26, 2014 at 4:00 pm

      Nick,
      Usually broken CV joints are known to make more of a clicking or crunching noise while turning, and usually only during very sharp turns. It does sound more like a brake disk problem. Most likely while you are turning the brake pad is shifting on the brake disk and coming into contact with the unused section of the brake disk around the outside or inside causing a grinding noise. Often times having your brake rotor resurfaced can solve this problem. This may also be an early indication that your brake pads will need to be replaced soon.

  9. Eldon P. on September 27, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    My son has a 2007 Jeep Compass. While sitting with engine running, if you turn the steering wheel even slightly you hear grinding sound. If you put our hand on the end of the strut you can feel vibration. Is this serious?

    Eldon P.

    • BlueDevil Pro on October 2, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      Eldon,
      Thanks for your question! I’m sorry your Jeep isn’t work like you would like it to. This is a difficult problem to diagnose without looking at your vehicle. The vibration you feel in the strut may just be due to your engine running, or they may be a sign your have a loose or worn suspension joint. The Jeep Compass is known to have suspension components in the front end that need to be replaced more often than expected. We recommend having your mechanic put your jeep on a lift and inspect the front suspension to check for loose or worn joints.
      -BlueDevil Pro

  10. Simon P on October 3, 2014 at 12:55 am

    my step daughters Chevy PT cruiser has developed a front end squealing noise that only occurs in a straight line, it also appears to go away as the car warms up, sounds like a belt issue to me but I’m no expert

    • BlueDevil Pro on October 28, 2014 at 10:15 am

      Simon-

      Most likely your daughters PT Cruiser has a loose or worn accessory belt. Her car may have multiple belts, or only 1, but it usually can be changed easily. Before changing your accessory belt, inspect it for obvious wear or cracking. If it appears to be in good shape, then the tension may need to be adjusted. Refer to your cars owner’s manual for proper belt tensioning procedures.

      -BDP

      • Pat Forbes on November 10, 2021 at 12:43 pm

        I have a 2015 nissan altima and I have whistle in my steering

        • BlueDevil Pro on November 10, 2021 at 1:41 pm

          Pat-

          Thank you for asking about your Nissan Altima. A whining/whistling noise from the power steering would typically be the result of air bubbles trapped in the system. Try bleeding the system to get rid of any excess air and then top the system back up to the proper level. If the power steering fluid appears to be low, you may have a leak, which would allow air to get into the system. If that is the case, we recommend using the BlueDevil Power Steering Stop leak. You would start by adding 1/3 of the bottle into your power steering reservoir and make sure the system is filled to the proper level. You should expect to start seeing results after 100-200 miles of driving.

          Thank you!

          -BDP

  11. wayne on October 7, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Hi my car makes a whining sound when i turn the steering wheel exactly like the power steering explanation. I think its leaking also, what could i do about it?

    • BlueDevil Pro on October 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm

      Wayne,
      Thanks for your question! It is possible that all of your problems are related and the whining you are hearing is simply from a low fluid level due to the leak. The best way to get this fixed quickly and easily would be to purchase BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak and add it to your power steering fluid reservoir. Then top off the reservoir with the recommended type of power steering fluid or automatic transmission fluid. There should be a label either on the power steering fluid reservoir cap, or in your owner’s manual indicating the proper power steering fluid for your vehicle. You can purchase BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak here: http://bit.ly/13eKpuJ

  12. Tammy Hartman on October 8, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I just got a 2008 chevy Malibu LTZ, and when I’m driving and make a right or left turn it makes a single clunk noise, its not the blinker, cause it dose it when I don’t use the blinker..when I took it to the dealers, they lubricated the upper strut mounts. but it still dose it. I called them and they said to bring it back this Thursday to look at..I’m a woman and would like to have an ideal of what all they should be looking at, just in cause they think they can pull the wool over my eyes…Then car is still under warranty until 11/29/2014… so I want very much for them to fix this while its still covered….Please Help…Thank you

    • BlueDevil Pro on October 20, 2014 at 3:31 pm

      Tammy,
      Thanks for your question! I’m sorry your Malibu is clunking when going around corners. As you read in this article. the clunking could be coming from a variety of sources, including the strut mounts. It is difficult to tell where the noise is coming from without driving your car, so our advice would be to trust your mechanics and make sure it is taken care of before your warranty runs out. The clunk could be from your strut mounts, a control arm bushing, ball joints or tie rod ends. I’m sure your mechanics will do a great job taking care of you!
      -BlueDevil Pro

  13. Christie Butler on October 8, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    My 2013 Toyota has been making a couple noises, I’m wondering if they could be related or if they’re two separate issues. First, it has been making a grinding/vibrating when I’m cruising it’s not consistent but has been getting worse, the dealership said the pilot bearing was wearing out and I would need to replace my otherwise good clutch. The other noise is a load clunking noise when I take a tight turn. Are these two separate issues or could they possibly have diagnosed the clutch problem wrong?

    • BlueDevil Pro on October 20, 2014 at 3:39 pm

      Christie,
      Thanks for your question! As with any noise in your vehicle, it can be difficult to diagnose without driving your vehicle our selves! It does sound like the problems may be related. If your Toyota is a front wheel drive, or all wheel drive vehicle the clunking noise when you’re turning right may be your CV joint on that side. A bad CV joint can also cause vibrations at cruising speeds. Our recommendation would be to have the clunking noise when turning fixed first and see if that fixes all of the problems you are having. It is possible your pilot bearing is bad as well, but usually they last the life of the clutch and throw out bearing. If you do have to get your pilot bearing replaced it is smart to have the clutch and throw out bearing replaced at the same time since you are already paying for the labor of removing them. Thanks and let us know if you have any other questions!
      -BlueDevil Pro

  14. Joi Hudspeth on October 8, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    Hello,

    I am having a major problem! First of off I have a 1993 Honda Accord. Well when I turn my steering wheel my car make a scratching noise! It really sounds like it needs lubrication or something! I was thinking WD-40 or something. I don’t know whats going on with it but I want it fixed ASAP! different people have been telling me different things. Like I need a replacement of my CV Boot, CV Joint, Drive Axle, Wheel Bearing, Ball Joint, or Tie Rod. I don’t know whats going on. As you can see I don’t know much about cars..!!! Please Help me!!

    • BlueDevil Pro on October 20, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      Joi,
      Thanks for your question, and I’m sorry your Accord is making funny noises. Since you described it as a scratching noise rather than a crunch, clunk or creek it sounds like you may just have rust on your brake rotors that your brake pads are coming into contact with. You may be able to solve this issue by having your brake rotors turned or replaced. This would also be a good time to check your brake pads for proper wear. If the sound is happening while your vehicle is not moving it is possible that you have a worn ball joints or tie rod ends. A bad wheel bearing will sound more like a whir or hum and will change with the vehicle’s speed. You can check your CV boots for tears, they are the rubber accordion style boot that will be over each end of the axle going from your transmission to the center of the back of your front wheels. If you find small tears (lass than 0.5 inches) in them you can consider just replacing the boot. If there are large tears or parts of the boot is missing you should consider replacing the whole CV joint or axle. Let us know if you have any other questions!
      -BlueDevil Pro

  15. Anya on October 8, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Hi! I have a 2004 Ford Escape. In the past couple of days its developed a whine sound from the right side of the engine that gets higher pitched as it accelerates. Also it makes a similar whine/grind noise when turning to the left or right. My first thought is something with the power steering, but there is no check engine light. Any thoughts?

    • BlueDevil Pro on October 20, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      Anya,
      Thanks for your question! It sounds like you are on the right track! If you get a similar noise when accelerating and turning the steering wheel it sounds like your power steering fluid level is low. If you open your hood, you should be able to see the power steering fluid reservoir. It will be on the right side of your engine bay, probably near the fender. There should either be a level indication on the reservoir as a “MAX” and “MIN” line, or a dip stick under the cap. If you discover your fluid level is low, add 1/3 of a bottle of BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak to your power steering reservoir then fill it to the “MAX” line with the appropriate type of power steering fluid. You can find out what type of power steering fluid to use in your owner’s manual and you can purchase BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak at your local auto parts stores or online here: http://bit.ly/13eKpuJ . Let us know if you have any other questions!
      -BlueDevil Pro

  16. Jeff Jones on October 25, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    I have a 2003 Chevy S10 ZR5. Whenever I turn the wheel in either direction I hear a squeaking noise. I’ve replaced the shocks but the noise is still there. I’ve also greased ALL of the fittings. So what should I try next? (Besides turning the radio up to drown out the noise). Could it be the control arm bushings?

    • BlueDevil Pro on November 5, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      Jeff,
      I’m sorry that your S10 is giving you problems. It does sound like your problem is more of an annoyance than something that will cause failure down the road. If any of the ball joints in your steering linkage do not have grease fittings that could be the problem. Also, you are correct that it could be your control arm bushings. The caster in your steering knuckle will cause some movement of your control arm when you turn the wheels. It may also be your sway bar links or sway bar bushings as that will also move slightly as you turn your wheels. If you really want to quiet down your suspension you may consider finding polyurethane replacement bushings rather than OEM rubber.
      -BlueDevil Pro

  17. olivia on October 26, 2014 at 7:21 am

    Hi. I have just purchased a peugeot 206 lx 2000. However when I turn the steering wheel there is a plasticky scratching sound, almost as if there is something caught in the steering wheel column. Is this the power steering fluid or something more serious, please? Thank you in advance

    • BlueDevil Pro on November 5, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Olivia,
      Thanks for your question, and I’m sorry your Peugeot is making funny noises. It depends where the sound is coming from as to what the problem is. If the sound is right behind your steering wheel it may be the clock spring making noise. The clock spring is an electrical connection that allows the steering wheel to turn while still making an electrical connection. If this is broken it may cause your steering wheel buttons to stop working or your airbag light to come on. If the noise is accompanied with a stiff spot in your steering it would mean the joint in your steering column is going bad and should be replaced. If the sound is from down at your wheels it may be due to loose steering joints or some of the plastic shrouding from your wheel well contacting your wheel. Let us know if you have any other questions!
      -BlueDevil Pro

  18. Naiomi on November 4, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I have a 2011 toyota camry sedan, there is no noise at all when moving forward with wheels all the way turned either left or right (like in a u-turn) but when backing up and turning the wheel all the way on either side it makes a low grinding like noise. To me even though I know absolutely nothing it sounds like maybe a tire could be scraping against something on the body but thats just what it sounds like I have no idea the actual problem.

    • BlueDevil Pro on November 5, 2014 at 9:49 am

      Naiomi-

      The fact that the noise only is happening when the wheels are turned completely in either direction would lead us to believe the tires are rubbing against something. You may want to check for any lose plastic or other various blockages around the tire wells.

      -BDP

  19. Dani on November 7, 2014 at 7:32 am

    Hi, I have a 2004 Vauxhall Corsa that has started making a grinding noise when i turn right. Do you have suggestions what it may be please?

    • BlueDevil Pro on November 7, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Dani-

      Many people seem to experience similar grinding or crunching noises as they turn the steering wheel and it can be fixed by adding grease to the steering joints or the universal joint in the steering column. Any mechanic should be able to help you out with that. Without looking at your vehicle it is difficult to tell if this is a dangerous condition so we do recommend you having a mechanic look at it.

      We also would like you to check out our article about noises that can come from your steering wheel and there causes. You can read the article here: https://gobdp.com/blog/steering-wheel-noise/ . If you have any further questions you may comment at the bottom of the article.

      -BDP

  20. Fred on November 8, 2014 at 7:31 am

    My power steering makes a small sound from the steering column but, it doesn’t do it the when I start driving. I need to drive for about ten minutes before it starts and it gets a little louder after driving longer. I don’t feel any problems in the steering, just the annoying noise. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • BlueDevil Pro on November 13, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Fred,
      Thanks for your question and I’m sorry your vehicle is making noise. If it is you power steering system it may simply be that you need to flush your power steering fluid. New power steering fluid will have the correct additives and fresh lubricants that may help quite down your power steering system. There also is a variety of other problems the front end of your vehicle can give you and noises it will make. You can try reading our article about all those noises here: https://gobdp.com/blog/steering-wheel-noise/
      If you have any more questions, feel free to leave us a comment on that article as well.

  21. lukie Ramos on November 11, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I have a 2008 VW bug. When I turn the wheel on a corner my car makes a hum sound. It also shakes when I step on the brakes to stop. Usually at higher speed.
    Any idea?

    • BlueDevil Pro on November 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm

      Lukie,
      Thanks for your question and I’m sorry your VW Bug is making strange noises. It is possible that your problems are related, but they may also be two different problems. First, the shaking when you step on the brakes is almost certainly due to warped brake rotors. When your brake rotors are out of round they can cause your car to shake when stopping from higher speeds. You usually feel it most in the brake pedal or steering wheel. The best solution is to get new brake rotors or see if your old rotors can be turned which will flatten them back out.
      Your warped brake rotors could be causing the humming when you are going around corners so we would recommend getting the brakes fixed first and seeing if that fixes everything. If you are still having the humming problems in corners, you might have a bad wheel bearing. You can read our article about diagnosing a bad wheel bearing here: https://gobdp.com/blog/bad-wheel-bearing/.
      If you have any more questions for us, you can leave a comment on the bottom of that article.

  22. Stephen on November 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    hi I have a 94 honda accord and it’s making a squeaky noise (like a mattress bouncing) when going over bumps or turning the wheel, what could this be, I know it’s not power steering

    • BlueDevil Pro on November 14, 2014 at 10:51 am

      Stephen,
      Thanks for your question about your 94 Accord. It sounds like the noise you are hearing is coming from your front suspension since it happens on bumps and when you turn your steering wheel. Your steering components and suspension joints move around quite a bit while you are driving and these joints and their rubber bushings can wear out over time causing the squeaks you are hearing. To get a better idea of where the noises are coming from you can read our article about all the noises the front end of your car can make here: https://gobdp.com/blog/steering-wheel-noise/.
      In your case I would start by checking the steering joints since you also hear the squeak when turning your steering wheel. It may be worth having a mechanic check out your steering components as they can be difficult to diagnose and replace.

  23. RICHIE B on November 15, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    HI I HAVE A 2004 JAGUAR S TYPE R,
    I HEAR A RHYTHMIC GRINDING NOISE FROM THE FRONT CABIN AND CAN HEAR IT OUTSIDE AS WELL,ON ACCELERATION AND UNDER LOAD, WHEN I TURN RIGHT IT GOES AWAY, WHEN I TURN LEFT ITS STILL THERE, I CHANGED THE FRONT BRAKE PADS AND STILL HEAR THE NOISE, THE ROTORS HAVE A DIP ON THE LIP ON BOTH SIDES. THE DRIVER SIDE THE WHEEL IS CLOSER TO THE CV AXLE OR BAR (BUSHING ON BOTH SIDES ARE BUSTED AND RIPPED), ALSO WHEN I WAS CHANGING THE BRAKES WITH THE WHEEL STILL OFF, I MANUALLY TURNED THE THE ROTORS AND COULD HEAR A SCRAPING SOUND ON BOTH SIDES, IT BECOMES LESS NOTICEABLE AT HIGHER SPEEDS, BUT I WANTED TO KNOW WHAT IT COULD BE.

    THANK YOU

    • RICHIE B on November 15, 2014 at 7:30 pm

      UPDATE:
      ITS NOT A GRINDING NOISE ITS A METALIC SCRAPING NOISE

    • BlueDevil Pro on November 20, 2014 at 12:42 pm

      Richie,
      Thanks for your question about your Jaguar. It sounds like you are on the right track with changing your brake pads, but it sounds like you may also need new brake rotors. The sound you are hearing may be the new pads rubbing on that dip in the lip of the old brake rotors you still have on there. Putting on new rotors with your pads may stop the grinding sound you are hearing. Also, based on your description we do recommend getting those torn bushing replaced immediately. Having bad bushing can cause your suspension components to fail quickly and when they do could cause serious damage to your car and put you in a dangerous situation. Also, the worn bushings may be allowing the suspension to shift enough to allow the axle or brakes to come into contact with things they shouldn’t be causing the noise you are hearing.

  24. Lonnie on November 18, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I have a 2001 GMC sierra 2500hd with an 8 in lift. When in reverse turning my wheels to the left I get a high pitch whining sound. If I stop turning then turn again it doesn’t happen. I have checked the power steering fluid which is full. Any advice

    • BlueDevil Pro on November 20, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      Lonnie,
      Thanks for your question about your GMC truck. It sounds like a great rig, and I’m sorry its giving you problems right now. The whining noise you are hearing does sound like it’s a power steering problem since it changes as you turn, then stop. If you turn your wheels to full lock your power steering pump can whine as it tries to push your front wheels against the steering stops. If you hear the noise try turning the steering wheel back a few degrees so your wheels are off the stops to see if that stops the noise. Since it is happening only in reverse it may also have to do with your front wheel bearings. Assuming along with the lift you have oversized tires, your wheel bearings may wear out more quickly and the whining you are hearing may be an early indication of that. For more information about failed wheel bearings you can read our article about it here: https://gobdp.com/blog/bad-wheel-bearing/

  25. william on November 19, 2014 at 12:04 am

    Hey great article…I tried to read over other questions…a few seen to be close to my issues… we own a 2008 Honda civic…recently(maybe 3 months ago) it began making a noise that can only be described as- the slow creaking sound of the boat…in the scar comparison scene of Jaws…it’s then accompanied with a rubbing sound…both go away after a few minutes of driving our at least become less noticeable. The noises will return if you have to stop at a light. As far as anything being affected…it tracks straight while driving and the ride is still smooth…I even thought that something had gotten caught under the car like a small limb that was causing the problem….however in checking this out I found that I could barely hear the sound outside the car but can hear it much louder inside…what are your thoughts?

    • BlueDevil Pro on November 21, 2014 at 5:34 pm

      William,
      Thanks for your question about your 08 Civic, and great description of the sound its making! I’ll be honest it’s a difficult sound to diagnose but we have 2 thoughts for you. It’s possible that you have a worn or dried out suspension bushing or shock absorber mount. Your shocks and suspension arms are mounted on rubber mounts that over time can dry out or at least get more brittle. Sometimes they can make a rubbing or moaning sound as your suspension moves while you’re driving. You can replace the old rubber ones with polyurethane bushing to help quite them down. If the sound you are hearing is more rhythmic and dependent on vehicle speed our guess would be that you have warped brake rotors. If your rotors are warped, especially at lower speeds, they will cause your brake calipers to slide from side to side as the warped section of the rotor passes through your brake pads. As you drive a little while your brake pads will open up slightly allowing the warped section to pass through without causing any movement, but once you stop your brake pads will again be closed on the rotor starting the process over. If this is the case you should feel pulsation or vibration in your brake pedal when stopping, especially from higher speeds. Hope that helps!
      -BlueDevil Pro

  26. Madeline on November 20, 2014 at 7:06 am

    Hello, i have a 04 ford escape and when i turn the steering wheel my car is making the sound it would make if it were low on power steering fluid. I went out and got a oil change being that my car was due for one and i assumed it was low on the power steering fluid. The mechanic stated i had fluid in it but it continues to make this sound and i feel is getting louder.

    • BlueDevil Pro on November 21, 2014 at 6:19 pm

      Madeline,
      Thanks for your question! You’re on the right track checking your power steering fluid level if you are hearing a whining noise coming from the passenger side of the car. If you discover you have a full power steering fluid reservoir and are still hearing the whining noise consistent with engine speed, it could be an indication that your power steering pump is worn out and in need of replacement. To check it, you can remove the belt on the pump by loosening the belt tensioner with a wrench and try spinning the pulley by hand. If the pump is difficult to turn or the pulley has any play in it then you need to get a new power steering pump.

  27. Andrea on November 21, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I have an acura tl 2004. It started out when my car was cold a noise of grinding could be heard. It now happens either way I turn and more frequently. As I was backing up today while turning the steering wheel there seemed to be a catch of the wheels. Could this be the cv joint?

    • BlueDevil Pro on November 21, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      Andrea,
      Thanks for your question about your Acura! Usually CV joints are described more as a crunching or clicking noise but they could cause your wheel to catch like you described if they are really worn out. Grinding noises usually means your brake pads are really worn down and have started grinding on your rotors. If they get bad enough, it’s possible that worn brakes could cause the catch you described. Either way, we recommend having your TL checked out by a mechanic soon to make sure it’s safe to drive.

  28. Lisa Landry on November 23, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I have a 2010 Chevy Cobalt. I hear a clicking in my steering wheel when i turn. Kind of sounds like the blinker is on, but it only clicks when i’m turning. what could this be?

    • BlueDevil Pro on November 26, 2014 at 12:10 pm

      Lisa,
      Thanks for your question about your Cobalt. The click could simply be the automatic off switch clicking as you turn your steering wheel if you only hear the noise while your blinker is on. This also could be an indication that the clock spring behind your steering wheel is going bad. The clock spring is an electrical connection that allows your wheel to turn without getting the wires that go through it getting twisted up.

  29. jagatnath on December 1, 2014 at 11:43 am

    I have 2 years old Skoda fabia, I have a problem with my steering noise,( like metal collision) at upper part of steering, when I turn my steering left PR right

    • BlueDevil Pro on December 3, 2014 at 5:37 pm

      Jagatnath,
      Thanks for your question about your Fabia, and I’m sorry it’s giving your problems. From your explanation it sounds like the noise is coming from your steering wheel. If that is the case you may be having issues with your clock spring or blinker shutoff switch. Those are difficult problems to diagnose without removing the steering wheel so it may be worth having your car checked out by a mechanic. If the noise is coming from outside the car by the wheels or engine you should have it checked by a mechanic soon as it may be a safety issue with your suspension.

  30. Chris on December 4, 2014 at 12:03 am

    My 2010 Toyota Tacoma recently started making a squeaking noise when I turn the wheels to the right, even when not moving. I can also here this noise when I hit speed bumps. Thought possibly just power steering but when I am driving straight at low speeds I can hear what sounds like metal clicking and its louder when turning left. These noises are coming from the front left side of the truck. Hub Bearing and tie rod are just a year old and there is no play on my tire. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.

    • BlueDevil Pro on December 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Chris,
      Thanks for your question about your 2010 Tacoma. If your bearing and tire rod have recently been replaced, that may rule out a few causes, all though, it is possible that one or both was incorrectly installed and failed prematurely. If your truck is 4 wheel drive, I would recommend checking out the CV joint as they often making clicking sounds as they are failing. As for the squeak it could be any number of suspension components from the shock mounts to the A arm bushings. For a better understanding of what it could be, try reading this article about noises the front end of your truck can make: https://gobdp.com/blog/steering-wheel-noise/

  31. Adam on December 4, 2014 at 8:11 am

    I have a 04 Hyundai Elantra. It makes a loud humming noise, seems to be coming from the front drivers side, can’t pinpoint it exactly though. It seems to happen mostly in the morning on my way to work but stops by the time I get there and doesn’t do it on the way home.

    I recently had the CV joint replaced on drivers side to deal with vibrations, and both front brakes/rotors to deal with squealing. The joy of a 10 year old car, fix one thing you uncover the next thing.

    Any idea what the humming noise could be?

    • BlueDevil Pro on December 12, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Adam,
      Thanks for your question about your Hyundai. It seems like the humming noise you are hearing could be due to a bad wheel bearing on that side. It should change pitch with driving speed if that is the case. For more information, you can check out our article about bad wheels bearings and how to tell if you have one here: https://gobdp.com/blog/bad-wheel-bearing/

  32. WD on December 10, 2014 at 12:02 am

    I have a ’99 town car (rear wheel drive) with 24k miles on it that is making a grinding noise when I turn at low speeds (does it when the car is sitting idle). It is particularly noticeable to the right side, but goes silent when the wheels are straight and it is starting to be heard when turning the wheels to the left now as well. Some Q&A places suggest it may be a dry tie rod end, but with such low mileage, does that sound reasonable?

    • BlueDevil Pro on December 12, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      WD,
      Thanks for your question about your Town Car. It does sound like the noise you are hearing is coming from an old suspension bushing. Even though your car has very low miles rubber suspension parts do dry out over time. Just like tires can dry rot from sitting, tie rod ends, shock mounts and suspension arm bushings will get dry and hard causing creaks, grinds and clunks. It is reasonable for a 15 year old car to be having these types of problems.

  33. Daniel on December 10, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Good day,

    I have a 11 months old Peugeot 208 GTi recently about 2 months ago it made a noise best described as clunking/knocking noise while making a 90 degrees turn at intersection over uneven road at low speed. No noise on straight even on rough road. Also no noise during high speed cornering even though over bump and dips. Need your help to enlighten me so I can have some ideas on the possible problem. Thanks!

    • BlueDevil Pro on December 12, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Daniel,
      Thanks for your question about your Peugeot. It’s difficult to diagnose the noise you heard if your car hasn’t made it again. Our best guess is that it was part of your suspension being moved to extreme angles due to the tight turn and rough road. It is possible that you have some worn suspension components but without your vehicle making the noise again it will be difficult to tell which are bad. You can also read another article we have about all the other sounds the front end of your vehicle can make here: https://gobdp.com/blog/steering-wheel-noise/

  34. Josh on December 10, 2014 at 6:25 am

    Hi, I have a 2004 Renault Clio and when i turn the steering wheel, once I start turning it back it makes a noticeable clicking noise… I have yet done anything to it, anyone know what they think the most probable cause is?
    Thanks in advance

    • BlueDevil Pro on December 10, 2014 at 9:19 am

      Josh-

      When you notice a “click” while turning your steering wheel it usually indicates worn shocks, suspension bushings, ball joints or tie rods. These noises can also be accompanied by wandering, poor ride quality, or possible vibrations.

      -BDP

  35. Johnson on December 16, 2014 at 9:04 am

    Hi,
    I have an 02 ford Taurus that’s making noise from my power steering pump. I did the work myself by changing the pump twice, and the belt, so I think I know its not the pump. the car keep making a grinding noise, none stop and gets worst when I speed up or turn the wheels. Can you please help, I can’t stand it anymore, but I wanted to do the work myself.

  36. Richie on December 16, 2014 at 9:39 pm

    My 2011 Toyota Prius makes a clunk noise when I turn back and forth at low speeds, usually under 18 mph but when I drive at higher speeds the clunk noise goes away when I turn my steering wheel left and right. When I hit a bump I hear a noise as well. I lifted my car and looked underneath at the axle shaft and see no signs of rips or leaks. My car is currently at 82,000 miles. What do you think it can be? I’m guessing my struts are going out? Thank you for your help!

    • BlueDevil Pro on December 19, 2014 at 11:15 am

      Richie,
      Thanks for your question about your Prius. It sounds like you’re on the right track with a suspension issue. It is possible that your struts need to be replaced, and that would make sense with when you are hearing the noise. It is also possible that your lower ball joints or tie rods are worn out as they could cause the noises you are hearing at the speeds you described. It will be easier for a mechanic to diagnose the problem with your car on a lift so it may be time to bring your vehicle in.

  37. Suziqe on December 16, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    I have a Mazda 3, and I’ve had problems with a creaking noise coming from the passenger side for a few months that usually occurred when I was going at slow speeds and making sharp turns such as when I am parking in a parking lot.

    I took it to one mechanic and without inspecting it, he listened to it and said that he thought that I had driven through high water and the water got into a ball joint and dried it out. He suggested that I could fix the problem with a lubricant. This scenario is quite plausible because I have driven through high water more than once.

    Ultimately, I took it to a place that did suspensions (and supposedly had a good reputation) and was told that it was a bad link. They were correct about one aspect of the problem since I had a clunk that occurred when I drove over speed bumps that disappeared when they replaced them. However, I thought the creak had also been fixed because I didn’t hear anything after I drove it away or for an entire month. Now, it is back, and I wasn’t told that they lubricated anything. I primarily noticed it after we had very foggy and damp weather.

    Any thoughts?

    • BlueDevil Pro on December 19, 2014 at 11:27 am

      Suziqe,
      Thanks for your question about your Mazda 3. I’m glad you got one of your problems solved. It sounds like the creaking is due to a bad bushing somewhere in your passenger side front suspension. Driving through high water can dry out bushings and cause small amounts of rust to form around them which would make the creaking noise you are describing. The most likely sources would be your strut or lower control arm bushings. These parts are not designed to be lubricated so if you are able to get any grease or oil in there, it will only be a very temporary fix. A good mechanic should be able to help you discover if it is your strut or control arm that needs to be replaced.

  38. Chris on December 18, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    Hello,
    I have a 2012 Chevy Sonic that makes a rapid and repetitive “beeping” type sound that only occurs when turning right. All fluid levels are as they should be. Do you have any suggestions as to what this could be?

    -Thank you

    • BlueDevil Pro on December 19, 2014 at 11:35 am

      Chris,
      Thanks for your question about your Chevy Sonic. The beeping sound is most likely an indication that the vehicle thinks something is wrong during the turn. If any warning lights come on the dash board that could give you more of an indication as to what the vehicle thinks is wrong. If your car is equipped with a crash detection or avoidance system it may be malfunctioning during a sharp corner giving you a false indication of a nearby vehicle. It may also be a malfunctioning vehicle stability system that mistakes your right turn for a sudden maneuver.

      If you don’t have any dash lights along with the beep, we recommend taking your vehicle to a dealership as they will best know the systems of the car that will cause the beeping, and hopefully cover the repair under warranty.

  39. nyesha on December 18, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Hi, I have a 2001 neon dodge and today I made a sharp turn and it sound like something poped and then my car started making a funny noise when I drive

  40. Brandon on December 29, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Hello! I have a 2003 Hyundai XG350. Last March I had new tires put on and I think it was the front left bearing replaced as recommended. Lately I have noticed that I have a “groaning” type noise that I originally thought was just road noise that seems to be coming from that front left wheel. It gets louder as I accelerate to coasting speed and is then constant. The only thing is that the noise is only present when the wheel is straight or turned to the left. If I turn the wheel even slightly to the right, the noise goes away. Any idea what this specifically is? Thank you!

    • BlueDevil Pro on January 8, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      Brandon,
      Thanks for your question about your XG350. There might be a few reasons for the noise you are hearing. Before we get into it, I do recommend you reading another article of ours about noises the front end of your car can make that goes into a little more depth. You can check out the article about front end noise here: https://gobdp.com/blog/steering-wheel-noise/.

      In your case, it seems like there are 2 possibilities, assuming your new wheel bearing was installed correctly. The first, and probably simplest is that your front tires are simply starting to wear in a single direction causing them to make more road noise. If you don’t rotate your tires regularly, maybe every 5000 miles, they can start to wear in a single direction. This can happen even more quickly on a front wheel drive car. Oddly worn tires can make a lot of noise and even sound like a bad wheel bearing. Try rotating your back tires to the front and seeing if the sound goes away.
      It is also possible that you have a bad CV joint on the front left side. Usually these make more of a clicking when going around sharp corners at low speeds, but sometimes when they are worn they can make more of a hum or low vibration at high speeds. This would also explain why the noise goes away when you are turning right.

      If you have any more questions please leave us another comment at the bottom of the article listed above.

  41. Dan on December 30, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Hi, I have a 2002 Golf and recently my car has been making this grinding noise, like something is rubbing against the tire but only on the left side, when I turn right it goes away but when i turn it just a little to the left it makes this loud noise. I’ve tried to switch the tires on the front but it didn’t help.

    • BlueDevil Pro on January 8, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      Dan-

      We recommend looking at the wheel bearing or CV joints based on the noise you are describing.

      -BDP

  42. Colin on December 30, 2014 at 11:21 am

    I just purchased a 2010 Honda Odyssey (last night). While driving it back home, I noticed some extra whirring/revving noise while making turns (just sounds like the engine is working harder, not a squeak or squeal). Even when the car is in park, when the steering wheel is turned, a whirring/revving noise comes from the passenger side of the engine compartment (but I do not think it is coming from within the engine). It does not appear that the engine’s RPMs are changing. Any ideas?

    Thanks for answering questions!

    • BlueDevil Pro on January 8, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      Colin,
      Congratulations on the new Honda, I hope you and your family are enjoying it! It sounds like the noise you are hearing is coming from your power steering pump. If the pump bearings are starting to fail, or your power steering fluid is low your power steering system can be noisy and make a whirring sound. For a quick overview of how your power steering system works you can read our article about it here: https://gobdp.com/blog/why-is-my-car-making-a-whining-noise/.

      The first thing to do is to check your power steering fluid level. The reservoir is at the front of the engine bay on the passenger side. It is clear so you should be able to see the fluid inside and make sure it is above the “full” line. If you have a low power steering fluid level, add BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak (available here: http://bit.ly/13eKpuJ) to the fluid reservoir to seal the leak you have, then top it off with the recommended power steering fluid. If you don’t have low power steering fluid, it is possible that a power steering fluid flush and fresh fluid can help quite down your pump. If that doesn’t fix your problem, your power steering pump is likely failing and will need to be replaced.

      If you have any more questions please leave us a comment on the bottom of the article mentioned above.

  43. Ryan on January 1, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Hello,

    Hopefully someone can help me shed some light on an ongoing diagnosis I am performing before I consult a mechanic. Yesterday I noticed that while pulling through a parking lot my front end made noise when turning to the left. It only seems to happen at low speeds when coasting, applying a small amount of gas, or when stopped. Reading through the article, it seems to be a squeak or a squeal.

    The best way I can describe it the sound a squeaky door makes, but amplified and sounding more like a whine. Because I am unable to differentiate it between The #1 and #4 sounds on the article, my hunch was either something do with power sterring, or my shocks need replacing (would make sense, because I felt like I ran over something on the interstate a few days before I first noticed the sound).

    Upon investigating the power steering, I found that the levels were very low (about 1/3 – 1/2 the distance from the end of the dipstick to the cold mark when doing a cold measurement). Today I went to an auto store and filled up the reservoir with fresh power steering fluid, but it still made the sound on my drive back home. Could it be some other issue? Or would anyone suspect the new fluid just needs time?

    • BlueDevil Pro on January 8, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      Ryan,
      Thanks for your question and all the information! The first thing to do would be to determine if the noise is coming from the engine or your suspension. Try putting your vehicle in park or neutral and revving the engine a little bit. If the noise does not change with the engine speed then the sound is most likely coming from your shocks or suspension as you said. Based on your description, it seems most likely that that this is your problem. If you suspect your suspension is the problem, try reading our article about squeaky suspension to try narrowing down the problem to a single component. You can read the article here: https://gobdp.com/blog/squeaky-suspension/.

      If the sound changes with engine speed and is more constant or rhythmic you are probably on the right track with your power steering system. It is possible that you have old power steering fluid and simply need a flush and fresh fluid to quiet down your power steering pump. If you continue to notice a low power steering fluid level you should add BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak to the reservoir next time you add fluid to seal the leak while you drive. You can pick up BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak here: http://bit.ly/13eKpuJ.

      If you have any more questions feel free to leave us a comment on the bottom of the article listed above.

  44. David Dempsey on January 2, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    I have been hearing squealing in the front end of my 2009 Kia Rio, first thing in the morning when it is cold and when I turn out of my driveway then it stops. I have had my belts tightened and recently replaced as part of normal maintenance. Yet the sound is still happening. Could it be the power steering fluid or something else?

    • BlueDevil Pro on January 8, 2015 at 4:59 pm

      David,
      Thanks for your question about your Kia! For a little more information about your vehicle’s belts and how to diagnose noises you can check out our article about squealing belts here: https://gobdp.com/blog/engine-belts-squeal/.

      Since you recently had your belts tightened it is most likely that one of the accessories is causing the noise. Power steering pumps are often a culprit for this especially in cold weather when the power steering fluid is thick and difficult to pump. Start by checking your power steering fluid level. If the level is low, add BlueDevil Power Steering Stop Leak to the reservoir then top it off with the recommended fluid. Also if your power steering fluid is dark brown rather than red or light brown it may be time for a power steering fluid flush.

      If that still doesn’t fix your problem, please leave us another comment on the article above.

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