Car Making a Hooting Owl Sound

Old 07-19-07, 07:18 PM
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Car Making a Hooting Owl Sound

I know this is going to sound crazy before I even post it. In the last week or so, nearly every day, our '97 Camry has been making a hooting owl sound. Weird, I know.

It sounds like it is coming from the rear of the car. We can't associate it with anything like brakes or turning. We are just riding down the road and we hear this "hoo" sound.

Any thoughts on this or suggestions of what to look for?

Old 07-19-07, 07:32 PM
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Remove the owl from the trunk. :-p

Does it happen when you are idle?

Sounds like it could be a bad weather strip around a door or trunk allowing wind to make that noise.
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Or maybe rear wheel bearings are going.

I'd say a possible tire tread sound if you got new tires - like the sound vehicles can make when running on snows for example. Or, if perhaps something is wrong with the belting inside a tire.

If you have not had the rear axle of the car serviced for anything in a long time, you may want to jack it up to see if you have play when grabbing the wheel and trying to wiggle it. And really scrutinize the wear pattern and tread. Admittedly the sound the bearing would make would be more of a growling sound. But then again, how does one exactly describe an owl sound or a growl?

Anything unusual caught up under the car, like plastic that blew across the road and is hanging under there somewhere? Any loose weatherstrippng/trim?
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-p ??????????????? No kidding OKC. What's the one for removing the mouse from my basement?

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