I've got a 2012 Sonata hybrid (93k miles) that's been making some intermittent engine noise. I can't hear it inside the car when I'm driving, but will hear it sometimes reverberating off of cars next to me if I have the windows cracked open, and last night for the first time I heard it after I had turned the car off and I opened my door to get out of the car, I guess as the engine was cycling down. The noise is not a uniform knock-knock-knock-knock, more of a low-throated rat-a-tata-tata-tat, and again, it's not happening all the time, and never that I've noticed when I first start it up. I noticed it the first time maybe a week or two ago, and the check engine light has come on in the last couple days, so now I'm officially worried, but I'm not getting much clarity from google or YouTube. The oil could stand to be changed, but fluid levels all seem to be fine. Any ideas about what's going on and how it could be fixed? Am trying to avoid major down time and/or mechanic fees, but definitely would rather do that than find myself unexpectedly on the side of the freeway with a busted engine. Thanks for your help!

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    The big question is what the check engine light is trying to tell you. Most auto parts stores will hook up a scanner and pull the code for you for free. Get the code and post back here. It could be as simple as an exhaust leak; it could be your engine trying to tell you it only has a dozen miles under its belt before things get really expensive.
    – atraudes
    Feb 17 '17 at 22:15
  • Great tip, thanks! The code I got back was C1283. Thoughts?
    – Doug
    Feb 18 '17 at 2:02
  • The check engine light wouldn't illuminate for a c1283 try a different scan tool or have a shop/dealership hook up a factory scantool to pull the codes. Get a good recording of the noise as well try to isolate the sound to a particular component.
    – Ben
    Feb 18 '17 at 13:38

It's not the engine. Code C1283 pertains to the anti-lock brake system, which is designed to apply the brakes in short, tat-tat-tat pulses when braking on a slippery roadway.

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