So I went on craigslist and found a car listed for $300. I knew it would probably be a POS but, I'm a college student with a full time job and the bus just isn't cutting anymore. Any way, the car turned out to be pretty decent execept the owners say that when you get up to 40-45 MPH the car will start to make noises. I've heard the engine run and it looks and sounds great. What could be causing this and should I be too worried?
To better assist you what is the engine size in liter?
Well, I will need a little more info on the noises. Does the steering wheel shake, or the entire car vibrate. Does it sound like it comes from the engine, or the suspension. Can you provide a little more info?
How many miles on are the vehicle?
Any recent work. How long did they say it was doing this and did something happen that started it. Like someone hit the car or they hit a pot hole etc.
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Oh, last question - why are they selling it.
July, 22, 2010 AT 10:24 PM
Hi firstcar26. Welcome to the forum. Can you describe the noise and where it appears to be coming from? If it sounds like an airplane engine, suspect a front wheel bearing. They can be noisy for a long time without causing any other problem. Replacement isn't terribly involved, but GM likes to package things into assemblies. This makes for quick replacement but you're buying a much more expensive part. This type of wheel bearing can cost around $100.00 - 150.00.
The exhaust system could also be the source of the noise although I think you would have heard that while running the engine. A weird problem is a noisy radiator fan or AC condenser fan. A noisy motor is not real common, but when they start to spin from incoming air, typically at around 45 mph, they can cause a squealing noise that starts up abruptly.