07 Prius - Loud Fluttering/Wind Sound Front and Driver Side

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Asked by Oct 15, 2019 at 10:21 AM about the 2007 Toyota Prius FWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Started on the freeway about 65-70 mph as a loud fluttering sound like wind
mixed with the sound of air letting out of a tire on driver side. Spoiler: tire
pressure was fine. Opened my windows and got louder. At times the sound
switched to under the front of the car. This sound was different than under
the hood. About 20 mins later the sound was also coming from under the
hood. After a 45 min drive to work, I came to a stop and the car sounded like
the Starships from Star Trek powering down. Car moved fine. When starting
up again it sounds like I was going through one of those car washes you
drive through. The whole drive the sound was very inconsistent. Sometimes I
would hit a little bump and nothing. Others I would hit a rocky part of a
freeway and it would sound like my car is falling apart. Sometimes the sound
stopped, and others it sounded like I was driving through a wind tunnel. I
looked under the hood/car and saw nothing wrong. Catalytic converter was
still there (worried about that since I parked it on the street the night before,
which is rare). Belts looked fine. Tires were fine. Nothing. And no lights on
the dash other than the already malfunctioning tire sensor warning light. I
have no freaking clue what's wrong. Please tell me this has happened to you
before.

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