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Old 11-20-2018, 03:29 PM   #1
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Default High pitched whine & fast ticking noise - Car is OFF

Thought I'd toss this one out. I do have an appointment at the GM dealer I'm taking it to on Friday.

I noticed the noise yesterday when I got in the car to get some lunch. It's a high pitched hum and a rapid ticking - like 3 clicks per second. Seems to come from the center panel (radio, etc.). I unplug the dash cam from the cigarette lighter. No change. I crank the car, no change. Turn radio on, off, change stations. Volume, no change. I drive to get some lunch, drive it home in the evening. High pitched hum and rapid ticking does not change. I get on my favorite Saturn form (this one) and do a search on the terms and read all I can.

This morning, it's still doing it. I make an appointment at the dealership, finally register here. So... this long time lurker is also saying "Hello!"

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TLDR: car making same incessant noise (high pitched hum, fast ticking) whether off, idle or driving

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Old 11-26-2018, 02:33 PM   #2
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Default Re: High pitched whine & fast ticking noise - Car is OFF

So! It was the dash cam. It was frozen. Unplugging it didn't do anything. But once it was turned off completely - rebooted, the noise stopped.

To quote my brother who was scratching his head over this... "It didn't sound like it was coming from there! AND we unplugged it! Twice!"

I am just happy that it wasn't something serious. While at the dealership, I had the oil changed, the tires rotated, and they gave it the usual once-over inspection.

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Old 12-03-2018, 03:01 AM   #3
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Default Re: High pitched whine & fast ticking noise - Car is OFF

This is great! You were able to share the resolution of your problem really quickly. So who finally recognized that the noise had been coming from the dash cam after all? Was this rectified prior to visiting the dealership for the scheduled appointment?

I'm happy for you that all is well!!

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Old 12-03-2018, 09:32 PM   #4
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At the dealership. I needed an oil change and a tire rotation anyway. The sales guy actually was the one that figured it out - so fortunately, no additional tech labor time.

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