tapping/clicking at 55mph and faster...
so i just noticed a faint tapping/clicking when on the highway at 55mph and higher with windows up. seems to go away though the faster i go but it's still there it seems but fainter. it's worst at 55mph.. i just was up at the mountain and the road is rough- need 4x4/awd to get up there due to steep and gravel. i thought maybe a branch was stuck underneath so i checked under neath and see nothing stuck anywhere like a branch or rock etc. i never bottom out or anything.
the noise stays same if i push the clutch in and put in neutral while moving at 55/60 mph. once under 55mph i don't hear it. doesn't seem to be affected by gear or engine. as i said, does it in neutral. almost sounds like and exhaust leak but doesn't change with engine rpms....also, i only hear when windows up. had ac on so turned off and noise still there- turned fan off too and still there.
doesn't sound like a power train issue to me but who knows.
the speed doesn't seem to affect it as far as the frequency of the tapping so going 55mph and 65 sounds same but at 65 it's fainter.
I put the mirrors in, wound windows back up, still there.
ran windshield wipers, still there.
no rocks in tires.
tires look good.
i did recently go thru a car wash that i usually do not go through- the cloth type with the blower at end- i won't ever do that again as the hood deflector really vibrated alot as did the wipers. the hood deflector is all tight- checked it good, as are my angry bird eyes.
i am at a loss here.
2013 patriot sport 4x4 2.4 5spd FD1 True Blue, Willy's Overland edition
215/70R16 Yoko Geo ATS on Drag 9s, a/c
front and rear wet okole seat covers, front and rear rugged ridge floor mats, cargo cover,cargo carpet, front custom cut splash guards, rear window crank rattle-delete mod.