• Tiny
  • marisaemmeblake
  • 1999 Mitsubishi Mirage
  • 160,000 miles

My car has been making a noise for awhile now (a couple of years)and my mechanic hasn't been able to pin point what it is. I've been able to live with it because when I drive I have the music on loud and I can't hear it.
It sounds like it's coming from the front right end of the car, it's like the noise you hear when you rewind a cassette tape and starts to get tangled. (I hope you know what I mean)
It happens every time I drive but it's just everynow and again.
I thought it would be the brakes but he has checked them and they are ok.
I truly thought there was something caught under the car, like a plastic bag but there's nothing visible to me (or my mechanic for that matter)

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Monday, September 3rd, 2012 AT 6:42 AM

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  • Tiny
  • caradiodoc
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There is a tool you might be able to borrow or rent from an auto parts store that borrows them called the "Chassis Ear". It is a set of six microphones, a switch box, and headphones. You clip the microphones to suspect points, then drive around while listening with the headphones. You can move the microphones around to zero in on the source of the noise. Be aware that many mechanics have never seen or even heard of this tool. Suspension and alignment mechanics use it to find rattles, squeaks, and other noises.

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Monday, September 3rd, 2012 AT 8:08 AM

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