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Ticking/clicking noise coming from front tyres

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Hello, car passed the MOT on Friday after some welding and a new exhaust (few advisory items mentioned). I'm taking the car back to the garage later in the week as I've noticed that when I'm driving t…
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2y, 8m agoPosted 2 years, 8 months ago
Hello, car passed the MOT on Friday after some welding and a new exhaust (few advisory items mentioned). I'm taking the car back to the garage later in the week as I've noticed that when I'm driving the car around now, there is a strange ticking/clicking noise which seems to be coming from both of the front wheels/tyres as I'm driving around (and also when pulled up at traffic lights/in a queue) - any ideas as to what could be causing this? Thank you.
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2y, 8m agoPosted 2 years, 8 months ago
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#1
Is it definitely from both?

This might be strange but I had a really loud clicking noise a couple of years ago and it ended up being nail/screw of some kind in my tyre.
It was loud and of course was worse when speeding up. I thought something was seriously wrong until I discovered it

Mind you if you're saying its when your stationary as well it will unlikely be that!!

Edited By: takethatfan1978 on Jul 14, 2014 15:43
#2
This may seem weird - but check there are no stones stuck in the tyre tread - very common issue.

Is it definitely there when you are stationary?
#3
Depends on the exact sound but you could check to see if ther's a stone lodged in the tread of a tyre. Also check wheel nuts for tightness.
#4
If it's still occurring when you are "pulled up" at traffic lights (stationary) then it's engine noise
#5
Oil leak and clicking noise... I doubt it is the wheels. Check your oil level again.
#6
Has the garage had the wheels off?

Another thought if they are alloys? I had a pug 106 many moons ago and heard a clicking banging/noise from the front passenger side. There was a small disc that should have been tightened on with the nuts and it wasn't,it was flapping and making a noise but fine when tightened properly. That was down to numptys at kwik fit!
#7
You mentioned you had an oil leak in other thread, Could your oil level be low?.

If when moving then could be stone/object in tyre as suggested or cv joint.

Could be lot's of things really.
#8
power steering pump?
#9
IF it's related to engine speed (changes with engine revs when car stationary) how about power steering pump (as Jason1599 suggests) or alternator/fan belt? If it only happens when moving, look at the drive train and roadwheels. More pronounced when cornering (esp. on full lock); possible CV joint(s). Better off with a horse & cart
#10
The exact same thing actually happened to me a couple of weeks ago. Turned out there was tape attached to the (relatively new) tyres, and it was flapping around making a clicking noise everytime it slapped the ground when the tyres turned. Almost definitely not the same problem you have, but may be worth having a close look at the tyres to see if there's anything attached to them. The tape was black so really difficult to see at first.
#11
It was mentioned about a flapping noise in one of the post above - one of my daughters actually did say it sounded like something was flapping - new tyres were put on last year. The front nearside cv joint was done in the MOT, however, the offside front joint gaiter has been marked down as an advisory item. I had to have two near sills welded on as well, perhaps there is something loose. As far as I know, it was only the rear passenger tyre that had to come off as there was a nail stuck in it (tyre was patched up). I suppose I will have to wait to see what they say. Thank you all for your comments though, just don't want to pay out much more for a little while, after my bill last week (a lot of welding!), especially as the road tax is due at the end of the month as well.
#12
moob
This may seem weird - but check there are no stones stuck in the tyre tread - very common issue.

Is it definitely there when you are stationary?

No... he's just imagining it.
#13
I take it you have lifted the bonnet and had a good listen to pinpoint the clicking sound. Is it something rubbing on the cam belt ?
#14
Put each front wheel in turn on the jack so its clear of the ground and give it a spin to see if you can narrow down where the issue is.
Where the wheels removed at any point whilst it was in the garage i.e. to check discs and pads as it sounds like the brake pad clip catching the wheel rim?

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Edited By: arachnoid on Jul 14, 2014 21:01
#15
Also check all the spark plugs are done up tight, I had a clicking noise before and one of the plugs was a little loose
#16
whatsThePoint
it's the brake discs

The front brake discs and pads were only replaced last November and I don't do a lot of driving - maybe 20 miles a week, so don't think it will be those. Thank you any way.
#17
whatsThePoint
Sophiasky
whatsThePoint
it's the brake discs

The front brake discs and pads were only replaced last November and I don't do a lot of driving - maybe 20 miles a week, so don't think it will be those. Thank you any way.

if you've hardly used it that makes it even more likely to be the dscs
why would the disks make a noise if the car is stationary ?
#18
whatsThePoint
Denbi
whatsThePoint
Sophiasky
whatsThePoint
it's the brake discs

The front brake discs and pads were only replaced last November and I don't do a lot of driving - maybe 20 miles a week, so don't think it will be those. Thank you any way.

if you've hardly used it that makes it even more likely to be the dscs
why would the disks make a noise if the car is stationary ?

as they have been rarely used there's a chance after braking hard during the mot test they are now sticking on a bit, this in turn makes the discs run hotter so that when you stop the noise is the disc contracting as it's cooling down
Oh, ok..i was thinking you meant something like that but though it unlikely...but im known to be wrong on many occasions.:)

Edited By: Denbi on Jul 14, 2014 23:51
#19
whatsThePoint
Denbi
whatsThePoint
Sophiasky
whatsThePoint
it's the brake discs
The front brake discs and pads were only replaced last November and I don't do a lot of driving - maybe 20 miles a week, so don't think it will be those. Thank you any way.
if you've hardly used it that makes it even more likely to be the dscs
why would the disks make a noise if the car is stationary ?
as they have been rarely used there's a chance after braking hard during the mot test they are now sticking on a bit, this in turn makes the discs run hotter so that when you stop the noise is the disc contracting as it's cooling down

Is there any harm to them sticking out a bit or will they just wear down quicker?
#20
An update, if anybody was interested what the problem was!

Took the car back to the garage and somebody took it out for a drive. They came back and said that it was not the tyres/wheels, but the engine - they weren't that too concerned and said it was tapping a bit. They then asked me how long ago I had topped up the oil (car has a slight oil leak), which I was a bit surprised about as I thought that they checked the oil levels on the MOT (a few days before)?

Drove the car home and went to check the oil level with my son, only to find that the top of the oil 'dipper' had partly snapped off (not like that before the MOT) - my son had to use a pair of pliers to remove the dipstick. On checking, the tip of the dipstick was only just coated with oil (the oil warning light had not lit up on the dashboard), so we drove down to Sainsburys and picked up a 4L container of oil (1/3 off the price of the oil on that day). My son had to put in about 3 L of the oil for it to show at the maximum mark on the dipstick. For the first couple of hours of driving, it was still making a slight clicking/ticking noise, however, the following morning on driving it, the sound had totally gone - been driving for several days now and still no strange noises.

Have to take the car back in a month to sort out the slight oil leak and to get a breather (as it was missing) - just wondering if the missing breather has caused an oil leak now? Thank you all for your advice.
#21
My comment was voted down when I was indeed correct.

OP you knew you had an oil leak yet only just checked the oil level? You should check your levels at least once a month or after around 1000 miles.

Do you wait for your tyres to blow before replacing them? Your brakes to fail before having them done?

An Mot doesn't mean your car is safe, It can be fine mot day but not an hour later and baring emissions test the health of your engine isn't checked, Nor is the gearbox, clutch etc...

Lack of oil could cause your engine to seize, The friction is very bad for the components etc..

You should make sure your car is road worthy, It could be a death trap, Not only to yourself but the safety of others.

Sorry to sound harsh but so many people just get in their cars with out checking the basics that anyone can do. Don't wait for the warning light, They can be faulty and unreliable and you shouldn't depend on them.


And yes a missing breather pipe could be the source of the oil leak.

Edited By: shauneco on Jul 20, 2014 12:22
#22
shauneco
My comment was voted down when I was indeed correct.

OP you knew you had an oil leak yet only just checked the oil level? You should check your levels at least once a month or after around 1000 miles.

Do you wait for your tyres to blow before replacing them? Your brakes to fail before having them done?


An Mot doesn't mean your car is safe, It can be fine mot day but not an hour later and baring emissions test the health of your engine isn't checked, Nor is the gearbox, clutch etc...

Lack of oil could cause your engine to seize, The friction is very bad for the components etc..

You should make sure your car is road worthy, It could be a death trap, Not only to yourself but the safety of others.

Sorry to sound harsh but so many people just get in their cars with out checking the basics that anyone can do. Don't wait for the warning light, They can be faulty and unreliable and you shouldn't depend on them.


And yes a missing breather pipe could be the source of the oil leak.

I did not know that there was a slight oil leak until it went in for it's MOT, there are no oil patches on the ground where I park my car (same spot outside of my house every day) and looking under the bonnet, there is no sign of an oil leak that I can see. Don't honestly know how it lost so much oil in such a short period of time (since last checking), as no evidence on the ground, perhaps I was losing it whilst driving (perhaps it has something to do with the missing breather as well). It is a slight one as the garage don't want me to go back for around a month, if it was something urgent they would have asked me to go straight back. Also, I check my tyres every week (hence, how I knew that I had a slow puncture, which has now been fixed) even though I do not drive the car very much (use it mainly for postal deliveries three days a week).

I know what happens when a clutch fails, how the car responds to that, as the clutch went on my last car whilst I was driving up a steep hill. I bought my current car in January and I made sure that I knew about the state of the clutch then - I have a receipt for a new clutch, etc, that was fitted in November last year, so I have no worries there at the moment.
#23
To be honest and blunt, if it needed welding, a new clutch and it has lost 3 litres of oil, I would get rid of it.

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