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Yesterday I started hearing an interesting noise that I haven't heard before. I just pulled into a parking lot and was listening to the end of the sports update on the radio when I heard it. In describing it, the first thing that comes to mind is the sound of water dripping into a tin can, although it is very precise (mechanical). I also want to add that it "sounded" like it was dropping horizontally, not vertically (sounds crazy, i know). Anyway it seemed to be coming from the front driver side of the car. It was happening while the car was off and while it was on. I wasn't running the A/C, but it didn't make a difference when I tried. By coincidence, yesterday was the first time I heard the fan stay on after turning off the engine. Connection?
I didn't hear it during the ride to work this morning. Ideas?
6sp, 500 miles.
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Its hard to say with the description you gave. I think by the sounds of it, it may be a simple heat expansion sound that exhaust components make went they go through a heat/cool cycle.
SO......nothing to worry about in that case. Maybe it always exsisted and you never noticed.
The fan thing is not related and not a concern. I noticed my "after shutdoen" fan when my car was new, but havent heard it in a while. It has a mind (thermostat) of its own
Does it sound like water is running from about the middle of the dash to passenger side of the dash? Because I hear that all the time on cold starts. I don't know what it is, I just thought it had something to do with the A/C.
The sound is definitely focused in the front driver side of the car. "Metal pinging" could describe it, but I was hearing it while driving also. I haven't heard it today, so it is probably nothing to worry about. Maybe it is just one of those "breaking it in" noises. Thanks for ideas.
I believe I know what you're talking about and have not heard it on my RX-8, but have heard it on my mother's '91 Accord. It started making that sound just after she'd had the exhaust system worked on. So, I bet it DOES have something to do with the exhaust, as Gyro indicated.