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Thread: Subtle knocking/tapping noise when fan on and car warming up

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    Subtle knocking/tapping noise when fan on and car warming up

    With the car on but stopped and the fan on (AC can be on or off) I hear a very quiet knocking/tapping noise which isn't precisely rhythmic but seems to be every 5 seconds or so. It kinda sounds like someone is tapping the bottom of a steel cooking pot lightly with rubber hammer. I can also feel this "tap" slightly through the brake pedal (again, sitting in car stopped at idle with foot on brake). This goes away once this car is fully warmed up. It also stops immediately if I turn the fan off regardless of it the car is warmed up or not. Any thoughts on what this may be?

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    Last edited by nsk040; 04-20-2017 at 05:27 AM.

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    Any ideas?

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    I had 2 of the power steering hoses replaced and the power steering system flushed. The knocking/tapping has gone away. Perhaps the two were connected.

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    Odd. Glad you got it sorted out. And I hope it stays gone.


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    The noise has returned - any ideas? It's gotten a bit cooler so that may explain why the noise is back, but I still don't know what the noise is in the first place.

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    Its not your thoughout bearing? Does it go away when you push the clutch in (car running at idle)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oli77 View Post
    Its not your thoughout bearing? Does it go away when you push the clutch in (car running at idle)?
    Don't think it's drive train-related. It goes away once car is up to temp or when the fan is turned off. Clutch doesn't impact it.

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