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Our 2011 Hyundai Sonata is making a loud noise, like it is

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Customer: ***** *****. Our 2011 Hyundai Sonata is making a loud noise, like it is dragging something under the car. We were out of town for two weeks and when so the car was idle during that time. First noticed it when we started the car and backed it of the driveway when we returned.
JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: Happened more once we put it in drive and started driving down the street. Just sounds like something heavy is dragging under the car. The exhaust pipe seem to be emitting a heavier than usual but I figured that was because its cold and the car hasn't run for two weeks. Check engine light came on as well. 55 miles on the car.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Hyundai
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,

Did you have the parking brake on while the car was sitting for a couple weeks?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Ok, with the check engine light on, is the engine still running as smooth as it normally would?
Also, I assume the car does have to be rolling for you to hear this dragging sound?
One last question, how far have you driven the car since this all started?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
the engine sounds normal. Only issue is the dragging noise that we heard once we started driving. Only drove it down the block (about 100 feet) and thought it was better to figure out what was wrong before driving further.
Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.


Here's what I think.

This is quite possibly a rust build up on the brake rotors. This happens when the car sits for a long period of time. At the dealership the salesman actually take the cars for a drive once in a while to clear the rust off the rotors. Usually it's nothing more then surface rust and it will clean off rather quickly. You should be able to see the brake rotors through the wheels to see if they look rusty or shiny. Usually a few miles with a few stops will clean the rust off and the car will go back to sounding normal.

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Thank you so much!

Expert:  Mike V. replied 1 year ago.

Thought I would check in with you and see how you made out with this?