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Old 10th December 2007, 15:47   #1 (permalink)
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Angry Diesel engine noise

Anybody here that has a noisy diesel engine? My civic has only done 16k miles but the engine seems pretty noisy especially in idle. I know a diesel car is generally noisier but I am just expecting a quieter engine from the Civic (one of the main reason why I chose the Civic). I was wondering whether it is something common and expected or should I take it to the dealer to have a look at?
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Have you driven another 2.2 Civic to compare?
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Mine is really clattery on start-up. Once up to speed I think it is very quiet and refined. Again, when it is warmed through I find it reasonably quiet even at idle. At motorway cruising speeds it is definitely quieter than a petrol, which has a rather unpleasant drone. Probably something to do with the diesel only sitting at 2000 ish rpm when at seventy. It is much more refined than a VW PD engine. I do think that you have to expect a bit of diesel clatter. Do you find it different when it is warmed up?
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Old 10th December 2007, 15:55   #4 (permalink)
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The noise from my 2.2EX is more of a burble than a clatter... even on very cold mornings. It's very much quieter than any other diesel I've driven.

Mileage is 11k.
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Anybody here that has a noisy diesel engine? My civic has only done 16k miles but the engine seems pretty noisy especially in idle. I know a diesel car is generally noisier but I am just expecting a quieter engine from the Civic (one of the main reason why I chose the Civic). I was wondering whether it is something common and expected or should I take it to the dealer to have a look at?
I think you may have been expecting too much. How does your car compare to the one that you test drove before you bought your car? There is a certain amount of diesel "clatter" under idle, this is due in no small amount to the exceedingly high fuel injection pressure of modern diesels. You should find that once you're moving, engine noise quietens considerably.

The Honda diesel engine is however, much quieter than the equivalent VW, Ford, or Vauxhall unit. Have a listen when you're out and about next.

Although the engine is based on the unit used in the Accord, it is mounted & assembled slightly differently so that it fits in the Civic's smaller engine bay. This has caused a slight increase in the amount of noise transmitted to the cabin of the car, when compared to the Accord.

In short, don't worry, it's fine. If it still sounds noisy doing 80mph in 6th, then go and see your dealer.
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The clattering noise you can here comes from the old john deere engine.

If you are ever compelled to compare the noise just pull up along side the afore mentioned tractor.















see they both sound alike
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When cold and idling, mine is just rattling a bit. But when it's warm, you have to listen very careful to notice it's a diesel.
Maybe give the dealer a visit, he should be able to compare.

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Don't wish to teach you to suck eggs, but have you checked the oil level recently? Mine was about half way between max and min when I checked, and seemed a lot quieter once I'd topped it up.
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The oil makes a big difference. Keep it topped up.

The only time mine really clatters is slowing down in low gears, i.e first and second.
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The oil makes a big difference. Keep it topped up.

The only time mine really clatters is slowing down in low gears, i.e first and second.
Will definitely check the oil level. Mine clatters too in 1st and 2nd gears, especially when the engine is really cold. But I think there is noise coming from the timing belt, as well as high pitch rattling noise, but only between 26 to 31 mph.

Im taking it to the dealer on Friday and see what they say.
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I think there is noise coming from the timing belt, as well as high pitch rattling noise, but only between 26 to 31 mph.
It doesn't have a timing belt, it has a chain...
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Will definitely check the oil level. Mine clatters too in 1st and 2nd gears, especially when the engine is really cold. But I think there is noise coming from the timing belt, as well as high pitch rattling noise, but only between 26 to 31 mph.

Im taking it to the dealer on Friday and see what they say.
£1 says exhaust, or exhaust heat shield.
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Will definitely check the oil level. Mine clatters too in 1st and 2nd gears, especially when the engine is really cold. But I think there is noise coming from the timing belt, as well as high pitch rattling noise, but only between 26 to 31 mph.

Im taking it to the dealer on Friday and see what they say.
Honds, just checking through some of the older threads, what was the outcome of your engine noise? Mine is also a diesel, with nearly 9K on the clock, but is also a lot noisier then I would have expected. Others on here say they can hardly hear the engine once warmed up but mine is noisy at idle regardless of being warmed up, and a bit clattery accelerating through the gears. I can't compare with another but will get the dealer to check it out at first opportunity.
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Honds, just checking through some of the older threads, what was the outcome of your engine noise? Mine is also a diesel, with nearly 9K on the clock, but is also a lot noisier then I would have expected. Others on here say they can hardly hear the engine once warmed up but mine is noisy at idle regardless of being warmed up, and a bit clattery accelerating through the gears. I can't compare with another but will get the dealer to check it out at first opportunity.
I think as others have said, the Civic is much the quietest diesel in the price range, though I've not experienced the 4 cylinder (or 6 cylinder) 1 series BMW. The 4 cylinder 3 series BMW is a little quieter as is the Accord but both have more room for sound insulation, and the 6 cylinder engines are probably quieter too, though I would say that the Honda is virtually as smooth if not as quite as quiet as the 6 cylinder BMW in the 335. I think that the Civic is the best diesel (and by a fair way) for refinement (engine wise anyway) at the price.
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diesel noise

The diesel is certianly one of the quietest around.
Check the oil level as it does seem to burn some (turbo unit?)
Also it ends to get noisier as it nears the oil change - certainly got quieter after the oil change!
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Sorry, but I think it is a noisy engine on tick over despite what Honda says, I had a Peugeot 309 years ago and that was much much quieter.
but as you say once you are moving it is fairly quiet.
I think Honda raise expectations by claiming it to be one of the quietest diesels around, when in fact it isn't.
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What's more quiet though? My late model 309 non turbo was an exellent car,not too confident it was quieter than the Civic.
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Useful noise ...

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The diesel is certianly one of the quietest around. Check the oil level as it does seem to burn some (turbo unit?)
Also it ends to get noisier as it nears the oil change - certainly got quieter after the oil change!
Let's give the story some potential positive spin ...

The last time that I had a turbo-diesel (very varied annual mileage), I used the change in engine note \ noise to tell me when to top-up the oil ... once you are used to a particular car, the change is noticeable ...
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Diesel engine exhaust noise

My 2.2 has done 15,000 miles and I getting a little concerned about the exhaust. This has come to light as I've been driving round with passenger windows open but I also hear it when they are closed.

In the over-run when changing from 1st to 2nd and 2nd to 3rd, the exhaust has got increasingly noisy. Sounds like a true diesel engine such as in a white van. All other times the exhaust is as quiet as ever.

Got Honda Littlehampton to check it out who pressure-tested the exhaust and say all is okay. But could it be the baffles going or maybe something going in the cats I wonder?

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Just own my 2,2 Civic a week now, it´s a 2006 model with 25000 miles.
I also got the noise coming from the belt (there is only one belt, right?)
Also, if doing about 50mph in 6th gear and gently presses the pedal down I can hear the turbo revving up before the acceleration sets in.

Is this normal or shall I visit the dealer to have something replaced?
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