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What could be causing a vibration and metallic noise in my 2009 Holden Captiva LT?

Asked by Chris

I bought a Captiva LT 2009 four cylinder with two problems; a vibration between both driver’s and front passenger’s seat and, also a metallic noise coming continuously from below the engine. Are these problems major issues? Under acceleration I can feel the vibration changing.

Answered by CarsGuide

16 Sep 2020 David Morley

Noises and vibrations are sometimes very hard to diagnose, particularly by remote control. A metallic noise from underneath the car is often a heat shield rattling against another component and this will can vary according to the load the engine is under at the time. Another common source of rattles is a collapsed catalytic-converter in the exhaust system which can sound like a tin can full or nuts and bolts when you rev the engine or place it under load.

Also, you might find that the vibration and the noise you’re feeling and hearing are from the same source. But you really need to have the car inspected to find out the source of the white noise.

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