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Loud Popping Noise From Rear Of CarWhat Could Be Wrong?

Sooner or later, you will have car issues, and some are more difficult to understand than others. For example, it can be pretty confusing and a little scary to hear a loud popping noise coming from the rear of your car. Let’s take a look at the most common reasons as to why this is happening:

Rear Bearing issue

Rear Bearing issue

There are two bearings in the rear of your car. One is on the driveshaft, and another is on the axle known as the wheel bearing. If one of these bearings becomes loose, it can cause extra stress on the hose clamps leading to that popping noise.

Propeller Shaft

Driving around corners, downhills, or even stop-and-go traffic can cause the propeller shaft to become stressed, which will result in a popping noise.

Dirty Air Filter

This is a prevalent issue as well. If your air filter gets dirty, it restricts the airflow into your engine, putting unnecessary stress on it, and can cause a popping noise.

Faulty Spark Plugs

If your spark plugs are going bad, it can cause your engine to not operate at its best and eventually lead to a popping noise within the rear end of your car.

Rear Differential

The rear differential is one of the most common places where you will hear a popping noise. The differential takes the energy from your engine and splits it between your wheels, which can be attributed to this problem if you hear popping noise.

Worn CV Joints

This is a common issue with cars that have more than 100,000 miles on them. When you accelerate quickly or go over sharp angles, you can feel a popping sound because the CV joints will be worn down and make popping sounds.

Bad Struts

If you have bad struts, it will put a lot of stress on the rear end of your car because as you hit bumps and encounter sharp angles, it will cause the struts to compress, resulting in a popping sound.

Rear Pinion Seal

The pinion seal is responsible for keeping all of the fluid within your rear differential, so if it has issues, it can cause severe damage to your vehicle, which will show itself with a popping noise.

Loose Hose Clamps

The hoses that are on your car are what allow you to drive around without overheating. However, if these hose clamps become loose, it can cause the hose to be stressed, eventually leading to a popping noise in the rear end of your car.

Rear Brake Drum

This is a common problem on older vehicles, and it can cause you to lose control at specific points. If this drum becomes loose, it could lead to the hose clamps becoming stressed, leading to that popping noise.

Bad Shocks

If your shocks are bad, it will cause the rear end of your car to bounce and lead to a popping noise and other issues on your brake system.

Faulty Gasket

Typically, this popping noise comes from the rear differential cover. Also, if there is a small crack in your gasket, it will cause the fluid to leak out, which will lead to this popping.

Faulty Bushings

Sometimes your rear axle can have some wear and tear, resulting in a popping noise as well as issues with your brake system.

Differential Pinion Seal

This is another common issue with some of the older vehicles that we see. In addition, if you have a bad pinion seal, it will eventually cause fluid to leak, which can create other problems with your car if not taken care of immediately.

Bad Ball Joint

Again, this is another common issue that is typically seen with older models of cars. If your ball joint becomes bad, it can cause the front end to become unleveled, eventually leading to your hearing popping noise.

Leaking Differential Cover

This is another issue that I have seen a lot of lately. If the cover becomes faulty, it can cause fluid to leak, eventually creating other problems within your car.

Worn Drive Belts

If you have bad drive belts, it will put a lot of stress on your engine, creating vibrations throughout the vehicle, resulting in a popping noise.

Worn Tires

Worn Tires

This is also another common issue that I see all too frequently. If your tires are worn down, it can cause the rear end of your car to bounce up and down, which will eventually lead to a popping noise and other problems.

Bent Axles

This is an issue on some of the older models of cars, and if your axle becomes bent, it can cause you not to accelerate correctly or even lose control of your vehicle.

Can You Stop the Popping Noise at Home?

If you are trying to troubleshoot the problem yourself, there are a few ways you can try to do so. First, if the sound happens while the vehicle is stationary, you can have an assistant turn the steering wheel back and forth while you look underneath the vehicle for the source of the noise.

If the noise only happens while driving, you can try to pinpoint the sound using a type of electronic stethoscope, often referred to as chassis ears. Such tools come with microphones that you can place at suspect locations throughout the vehicle to help pinpoint the noise while driving.

You might also consider using a GoPro camera. The camera can be mounted to a suspect area on the vehicle. Then you can take a recording while driving and review the footage afterward to see if you can spot the source of the popping noise.


How do I know if my CV joints are damaged?

Typically, the first thing that you will notice is that your car starts to shake, and you will feel it through the steering wheel.

If this becomes severe, it could mean that you have a fluid leak and should bring your vehicle in as soon as possible for an inspection.

In addition, if you start to hear the clicking noise as mentioned above or popping noise, then this is also a sign that you have CV joint issues!

What to expect:

A top-rated mobile mechanic will come to your home or office to determine the cause of the clicking or popping sound in the wheels, and will then provide a detailed inspection report that includes the scope and cost of the necessary repairs.

What causes my front end to pop when I turn?

Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s your steering—the pop sound made when you turn is most likely the CV joint issue we spoke of earlier. As the axle flexibility diminishes and the grease dries out, your wheels will make that popping sound with every rotation.

Do wheel bearings make a clicking noise?

Worn wheel bearings can make all kinds of noises, from snapping, grinding, and humming to the clicking and popping sounds under debate. Symptoms of worn wheel bearings include uneven tyre wear, wheel vibrations, and oddly performing brakes.

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