I have a 2007 Camry LE, with about 104,000 miles on it. Lately I’ve noticed a noise ONLY when the car is idling, ratherr in park or drive. I don’t hear it all when I’m driving. It’s somewhat hard for me to tell if it’s coming from the engine or under the car, but its definitely near the front and sounds lower in the body. My first instinct told me that it was related to the exhaust system, but it doesn’t quite sound like a rattle. It sounds closer to a belt struggling to turn…it actually sounds a little bit like when my water pump and alternator went, but I had those replaced 15 months ago so I really don’t think it’s that at all. I also had the radiator replaced 2 months back, so I don’t think it’s that. I don’t know drive far to work, so I haven’t put a lot of miles on the car in the last year.
Otherwise the car drives normally, just hear this sound at idle. The only other thing I’ve noticed over time is that when the car gets to about 2500-3000 miles after an oil change, I notice the light flashes when making hard turns…but that’s it, and it goes away when I get the oil changed. Obviously I know that the engine is burning oil probably faster than it should, but I’m not sure if that might somehow be related to what I’m hearing above.
Appreciate any help or advice before going to the shop…let me know if you need any other detail.