Do you notice a metallic noise on your Fiat 500 once you drive? We can understand that this is not pleasurable and that you are wandering. Experiencing such a noise is not always a good indicator, but it may also be nothing serious. To support you eliminate this trouble, we have decided to create this article to help you in this investigation. In order to execute this research as efficiently as possible, we will first take a look at the possible origins of metallic noise in the front of your vehicle, and then, if the metallic noise comes from the rear of your vehicle.metal-noise-fiat-500

Metal noise Fiat 500 coming from the front end of the vehicle

I hear a metal rattling noise coming from wheels

  • Metallic noise coming from your bearing
  • One of the possible causes of metal noise symptoms on your Fiat 500, may be that one of your bearing is tired, it will commonly make a loud noise that increases when stressed (turns faster and faster). So remember to verify by taking speed (neutral gear and window open to be aware only to noise of the wheels) that the noise is well located here, if this is the case change it or them promptly. If, on the other hand, this noise only manifests itself with an engaged speed, examine this guide on loud noise on Fiat 500, you will most likely find a remedy to your trouble.

  • Metalic noise coming from brake
  • If you discern a metalic noise on Fiat 500 and you have the feeling that it comes from your front wheels, it is highly possible that it is your pads or discs that are the cause. Indeed, a disc or a set of dead plates will create a strong metallic rubbing noise that you will inevitably feel. To verify this, put your vehicle on safety stand, and verify the state of your discs and pads by getting rid of the wheel. If they are involved, change them quickly , otherwise you will no longer be able to brake. If you experience a metallic noise from your vehicle, and you want informations about it, read this article for more information about brake noises on xxx.

  • Stabilizer bar worn
  • If it is rather when you are turning, passing over a bump or sidewalk that you hear a metallic noise on your Fiat 500, then your rods may be worn. Whether it is the steering or the stabilizer bar, their wear will cause a metallic snap when they hit or change direction. To verify this, put yourself under your vehicle, without the wheels, and move your rods, if they only oppose very little force it is likely that they will have to be replaced. If this is your case, we recommend that you have a look at this article for a complete guide about steering noises on Fiat 500.

Other sources


  • Engine silentblock
  • A bit like worn stabilizer bar, if your engine silent blocks are weakened, you will feel as you pass over damaged roads or sidewalks, loud metallic noises on your Fiat 500. Once screwed up, they will no longer fulfill their purpose as shock absorbers and, with each impact, or violent acceleration, a noise will arise. Therefore, think about to verify their status and change them if necessary. Feel free to read this article which is a complete file about strut mounts noises on Fiat 500, how to verify their state and swap them.

  • Dead gearbox, or broken pinion
  • Finally, the last common cause of metallic noise on Fiat 500. It’s because your transmission system is the source. It is possible, either because of improper use of the gearbox or because of excessive wear, that some gears in your gearbox have broken and are wandering around in it. They will then develop a continuous metal rattling noise. That you shouldn’t feel in neutral. If this is your case, we recommend that you look at this detailed guide on the sources of steering noises on Fiat 500.

Metallic noise Fiat 500 coming from the rear end of the vehicle

Exhaust pipe

If, on the other hand, you hear an exhaust noise that is more of a metallic type, it is possible that one or more parts of your exhaust may be damaged. Indeed, it is possible that either the catalyst or the silencer may be the cause of this noise. To be certain, go under the vehicle, cold, and knock each of the previously stated components with a hammer to discern the source of the noise. You should acknowledge things moving in the problematic part, if it’s the exhaust baffles, you can try to hammer in the section a little to try to block them and limit their movements. If it is a dead catalyst, it will be required to consider replacing it, as well as the silencer. In such a case, to eliminate the metallic noise on your Fiat 500, you will either have to find a second hand one and do it yourself, or go to your mechanic.

Noise from wheels

  • Bearings
  • As for the bearings of your vehicle, it is possible that with wear they are at the origin of your metallic noises on your Fiat 500. Go a little further up in the content page where you will find details of the solution already exposed for the front part of the vehicle.

  • Brake pads or discs
  • Finally, if the noise comes from your discs brakes or pads, you should refer to the part in question in the first section of this manual.