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Car intermittently making very loud soud. Cannot describe it other than the car just sounds loud. No grinding or squealing. Just loud. I'm pretty sure my compressor is bad, but I am not using the AC or the heat. Could it still make noise? I took it to the shop and of course the sound was gone when I got there. They filled my van with oil and sent me on my way. 2000 dodge caravan 3.3

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    jfbgm1 Dec 05, 2014

    Based on your response, how many miles?

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    jfbgm1 Dec 05, 2014

    I think belt is getting worn

  • jfbgm1
    jfbgm1 Dec 05, 2014

    Such that its slips when cold or wet??

  • Nicole Ryan Dec 05, 2014

    Yes, once I drove it awhile yesterday and it warmed up, that's when it seemed to quiet down. Interestingly enough, this started 2 days ago when it rained for 2 days. Not sure if related.

  • Nicole Ryan Dec 05, 2014

    I would say about 10 miles



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Is it squeaking noise, Loud rubbing noise? Brake problems? Clanging noise is bad engine problem. Was oil that low that they needed to add it. Have you checked it again since that? Do so immediately, If low, take it back NOW.

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  • Nicole Ryan Dec 05, 2014

    I just checked the oil and its full. But it was very low. I Was a little overdue for an oil change, but not terribly. I do need new front brakes, but the sound is random, not just when stopping or turning. It is not a squealing sound or clunking sound, it just sounds like in the summer when your car gets loud every once in awhile because your ac is on. But it doesn't stop. It sounds like it's coming from the belt area. But yesterday when I brought it to the shop, he looked under the hood and didn't say anything about the belt. He did say I have a little oil gasket leak, but it should be fine for now as long as I make sure there is oil in it once a week.

  • Nicole Ryan Dec 05, 2014

    Yes, once I drove it awhile yesterday and it warmed up, that's when it seemed to quiet down. Interestingly enough, this started 2 days ago when it rained for 2 days. Not sure if related.

  • Nicole Ryan Dec 05, 2014

    I would say about 10 miles

  • jfbgm1
    jfbgm1 Dec 05, 2014

    I believe that your belt is worn, such that when it it wet outside, some water gets on the belt and its enough to cause slipping and noise.

  • Nicole Ryan Dec 06, 2014

    We went to a different shop today to get a tire and the noise was happening at the time. The guy said it could be the water pump or an engine ball bearing. Do either of these sound right? The engine ball bearing sounds pretty bad?

  • Nicole Ryan Dec 06, 2014

    Hopefully, the shop can get me in Monday. Today it hesitated to start and when I arrived at my destination, I smelled a burnt rubber type of smell.

  • Nicole Ryan Dec 06, 2014

    Hopefully, the shop can get me in Monday. Today it hesitated to start and when I arrived at my destination, I smelled a burnt rubber type of smell.

  • Nicole Ryan Dec 06, 2014

    Hopefully, its the belt and not the engine :(



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