Why My Car Makes Wind Noise When Accelerating

January 22, 2024

Whining noises when accelerating is something every car owner and driver has experienced at some point. It is not only irritating, but it could be an indication of a serious problem with your vehicle. There are a few things that can cause this issue but it can be fixed fairly easily.

A whistle sound from your vehicle can be caused by a lot of different issues, the most common being an exhaust leak. The exhaust system is designed to carry the exhaust from the engine to the rear of the vehicle through a series of mufflers, resonators, and a catalytic converter. If any of these are leaking it will make the noise much louder when accelerating.

Another issue that could be causing the noise is a loose belt or pulley. The purpose of a belt is to transmit power between the different components in your engine, so if it's loose it will create friction with the pulley and this can make a whining noise when you accelerate.

If you suspect the issue is a loose or worn belt, the best way to test it is to have someone else start your car while you stand outside and listen for the noise. You can also jack up the car slightly and use a lug wrench to check the wheel nuts and tire pressure.

Finally, you can also check your windshield and both window glass for any chips or breaks. This is one of the most inexpensive ways to decrease wind commotion in your car.

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