It is normal for your car to make some noises when you’re driving. But there are certain sounds that only happen when you do certain things while driving. Don’t just ignore these! Your car may already be hinting some problems to you that you need to check.
Here’s a list of some car noises that you need to start noticing:
Squealing sound from the hood
If you start hearing squeals from your hood when you start up your car or when you start to accelerate, this could mean loose or worn accessory belts or serpentine belts.
If your wheels produce rattling sounds when driving at low speeds, it means a lug nut may be loose in a hub cap. If you removed your wheel recently, this means that it wasn’t tightened properly so make sure you get it checked.
Noises when turning
If you start hearing noises every time you turn on a corner, this may mean some trouble in the steering linkage. It may just require some lubricating if you’re lucky but if not, it may mean that there’s damage and you need to get it repaired.
Grinding when shifting
If you’re driving manual and you start hearing some grinding every time you shift gears, then your car may have clutch or transmission problems.
Banging from under the hood
Do you hear pounding or tapping from your hood when you drive? That can mean some serious valve or piston problems!
When you hear hissing or a sizzling sound when you turn off the engine, this can mean that your engine is overheating or there might be a leak. It could be a coolant or oil leak into the engine.
This can mean air coming out of holes from damaged hoses or it can come from your radiator’s pressure cap. The seal of the cap can sometimes break causing air to leak out.
A clicking or ticking sound from your engine can indicate low oil levels resulting in noisy pistons. Check your oil levels first and if it’s all good, you may want to take your car to the mechanic instead.
Squeals when breaking
When you hear a high pitched sound when breaking, it means friction between your rubbing pad indicator and the rotor. You may need to have those brake pads replaced since they are worn out
If your car roars too much or if you feel that it is noisier than usual, this could be caused by issues in the cylinder compression. It means that combustion is irregular and this can sometimes produce a knocking sound.
When your vehicle is in good condition, it should be able to run smoothly without any irregular noises. So if you start noticing unusual sounds that you haven’t encountered before, just give us a call and we’ll check them out for you. Noises can be just a loose screw but a tiny sound can result to bigger damages and danger when ignored.
Should you require vehicle servicing or repairs, we’re here to assist you with all your car needs. We take pride in providing personalised car maintenance so no job is too small or too big for us.
We offer log book service, brakes, suspension reapris and so much more. We also offer loan cars and provide pick up and drop off in the local area for our clients. Our various payment options are available to make sure that you get that car service without worries. 🙂
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Updated by Adele Goodwin on 27/10/2021