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Honda Accord Noise On Acceleration
Q. My 1996 Honda Accord has always been a great car. I don't know all the specifics, engine type, etc., I bet if I did I wouldn't have to ask you about all of this.
I noticed it once a couple of days ago when I went into work early in the morning when I accelerated from a complete stop it made a droning rattle noise from under the hood in the front of the car. And now today it got worse, every time I would accelerate it would make this really loud noise. Like a loud buzzing rattle noise, not good.
So with the little knowledge I have about cars I checked the oil and it was extremely low. I added more and it cleared up the noise a little. Now I can accelerate and it just makes the noise a little. I don't know how to check or add more transmission fluid, maybe that would help?
The only problem I have had with the car is a couple of months ago I had to have the break pads changed on the car. Could it be the break pads? I don't know. I would really appreciate any help or advice you could give me. I don't have a lot of money to spend on this and the last time I brought a car in to a mechanic I got ripped off horribly and can't afford to go through that again.
Thank you so much,
A. It's very difficult for me to diagnose a noise in this venue, but from what you describe, and the fact that by adding engine oil, you probably have an internal engine problem.
The best thing to do would be to take it to your Honda Dealer, let a technician take it for a drive and see what he says. Since he will be able to actually hear the noise, he should be able to come up with a better idea of what's wrong.
We took our Honda Accord in to see what the problem was and they said that it was the heat shield. They said that it was a common problem in Honda's because it is spot welded on and over the years it wears down and can cause a rattling noise if it becomes loose. They said it was no big deal.
Thank you for the advice!