Why is my car making a loud, scary noise?

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I hear a loud, scary noise when I drive, but my car was just in for an oil change and they didn’t find anything wrong. What should I do?

Q. I’m having problems with my car, and no one seems to be able to determine the issue. I hear a loud, scary noise when I drive, and I’m afraid the wheels are going to fall off. I was just in for an oil change and they couldn’t find anything wrong. I don’t think I’m being overly dramatic. What should I do?

A. The oil change shop may be good at replacing fluids in your car, but it may not be the right place to diagnose and repair a mysterious noise. Instead, you should start by visiting the dealership or a general service repair shop and ask to go for a ride with a technician. Once they hear what you hear, you should be able to get your car properly repaired. I would try to get into a repair shop as quickly as possible to rule out any safety-related issues.

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John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Car Doctor. He has over 40 years of experience in the automotive business and is an ASE certified master technician. Email your car question to jpaul@aaanortheast.com.