I've got a problem with my PT Cruiser and thought I'd ask the group here about it.
At about 20 miles an hour I start to hear what sounds like a grinding
noise. It starts low in pitch and gets higher as I go faster.
My mechanic was dismissive of the problem and didn't even address it
when I last brought the car in (major tuneup.) When I asked later we
went for a short ride and he said it was due to shocks and struts
deteriorating, that the tires were wearing unevenly and that's what
was making the noise. All plausible, but it would cost in the area of
$900 for shocks, struts and new tires. I'd do it, but I'd want to be
sure I was was addressing the actual problem.
My mechanic doesn't seem to think it's dangerous, but I'm not so
sure. The noise is pretty loud inside the car but apparently not
outside. At least, in six weeks of this problem no one has turned to
look at the car as I go by.
Alignment is good. I've taken the car out of drive and in to neutral
at several speeds and the noise doesn't change. Also doesn't change if
I hit a bump and I'd think I would get a momentary blip if it were
tires. I'm thinking something inside the wheel, perhaps A-Arm or some
Any ideas? I plan to check in with my mechanic again this weekend and
would like to have some possibilities in mind.
- posted 9 years ago