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Pontiac Vibe GT 2009 Noise (Video)

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Jul 4, 2019, 11:49 PM

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Hey all, 

Hope you can help!!! Our car is making weird noises and I just moved to a new 
area and got definite wrong answers from local shops and they charged me 
$50-$100 each to tell me different things, all overly priced, all definitely wrong! 

If anyone has any idea right off the bat what is up here I would appreciate it! 

I apologize for the odd edit, but I also just got a new phone! I did my best! Its 
only 5 minutes and you can watch it all in beautiful HD right here!

Most likely going to sell this car soon, but my wife needs it for a few more 
weeks and if it is a reasonable repair, I will try to do it myself possibly (I am 
excellent at utilizing youtube videos!)

Thanks so much!

(This post was edited by ksvideo on Jul 4, 2019, 11:56 PM)

Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 5, 2019, 3:02 AM

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Didn't need to watch much of vid. It's rusty underside and almost obvious exhaust - parts, shields. It does it idling sitting still. Same as I written here 100s times, just tap on tail-pipe(s) with rubber hammer and engine off you'll hear it too.
I can't believe an active noise nobody found that you wouldn't like it they'd suggest replace most of the exhaust.

For a few more weeks just make sure it's safe and no metal parts fall off they are all over the sides of the roads where I am and would be anywhere road salts are used is a lot of places even if not where the car came from.
It's not worth more than cheap easy fixes if trading it let them deal with it - they'll see it without any trouble,


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Jul 5, 2019, 5:07 AM

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Yep, this should be very obvious to a tech inspecting the car. Definitely sounds related to the exhaust system. Could be a loose heat shield, exhaust touching metal somewhere or a broken baffle inside the muffler.

With the car in the air, they should be able to reproduce the noise easily.


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Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 5, 2019, 7:27 AM

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OP: This as close to certain as guessing noises gets. I stock and use CLOTHES DRYER vent Stainless Steel clamps. Different name for a worm clamp style or see it's slots you turn and tightens up. Can use two if the same.

That is so freaking common lots younger than this on spot welds of the shields give out but the shields are still there hanging on by ONE or none but can't fall out by location.

Front to rear as car's need to protect other things from heat. Manifolds at engine on back how it's routed this is done. Pipe stays good and if undamaged OE exhaust is lasting the hardware shields, maybe rubber hangers or what they used different for different engines offered no doubt.
Yes you would need to safely get under it when cold no need it will be obvious. Clamp tight if those out of harm's way in position where it was OE it's good longer than the original. That easy but don't go getting under the car/vehicle unless you absolutely know how to hoist it safely.
I'd be ticked off at shops that noise is live just with it running. So ticked if it's what we now think I'd go back and want $$ back paid to find it!

I don't care if this wasn't even on a car did they look at all?
Hey - granted nice videa only took the few seconds of car still and the noise I quit watching it. If not that at all OMG at least it does it just grab things (a tech with welding gloves) see what rattles and quits when you grab or move it.

Sorry for the novel - I'm ticked that could happen anywhere to many types of vehicles any brand using exhaust for any fuel that makes heat. Done,


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