How to Find a Rattle in Your Car

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An older car is inevitably going to start making some strange noises once it gets beyond 10 years old and a buildup of miles. When you do hear rattles in your car, the sound can sometimes get thrown and be a challenge to pin down while you’re driving. Follow a few simple steps to help track down that rattle sound. Doing so will help you make a more specific determination of what kind of repairs you may be facing on your aging car.

Things You'll Need

  • Car passenger to listen for rattles
  • Professional mechanic

Finding the Source of a Rattle

  • Drive your car with a passenger and have the passenger determine the source of the rattle in your car. Don’t try to locate the source of your car rattle on your own. The distraction could cause an accident on a busy road.

  • Have your passenger listen under the seats of your car. The car’s suspension may be in need of repair if the rattle is pinpointed coming from there.

  • Let your passenger scope out any rattle in the back of your car. Know that if it’s coming from the back side of your car and near one of your back tires, it’s likely your brake pads need to be replaced.

  • Listen carefully on your own and with your passenger when you go over a speed bump. When your car rattles going over a speed bump or any bump, it may mean your car’s shocks are going bad.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pinpoint any other rattles around your dashboard and other front areas of the car. Rattles and vibrations in the front part of your car may need more careful inspection by a professional mechanic since more complex parts are located there. Overall, most rattles in cars means series suspension or tire issues. Get them fixed as soon as you can before they worsen.

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