You've probably heard a strange noise coming from your car, but you didn't think much of it. Or maybe you were too embarrassed to ask for help because you weren't sure how to explain the sound. While most car sounds are standard, there are a few that shouldn't be ignored. You might be able to troubleshoot the problem independently. Still, it's always best to consult an expert if you notice these five noises.
A squealing sound when you hit the brakes
The brakes are an essential part of your car, so something is likely wrong if they start making noises. Worn brake pads or rotors likely cause this. When brake pads get low enough, they contact the rotor surface, resulting in a high-pitched squeal or squeak. Pay attention if you hear a high-pitched squeal when you press the pedal. When this happens to your car, take it in for service as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more expensive it will be to fix and the more dangerous it becomes for you and other drivers.
If you hear a knocking sound from under the hood when starting your car, your engine could be in trouble. This might be caused by a lack of oil or a worn timing belt. The latter can snap while driving, causing thousands of dollars in repairs (or even leaving you stranded).
If you can hear a roaring sound when you start your car, it could be that your exhaust system has a leak. Exhaust leaks will often cause roars from underneath your vehicle, but if the leak is on the side of the engine, it may sound more like an airplane. If you don't get this fixed, you could suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning.
Knocking sound when accelerating
Suppose you hear a knocking sound in your engine when accelerating, but it goes away when driving on the highway. In that case, it could be due to low oil pressure or worn piston rods or bearings. The remedy usually requires rebuilding or replacing the engine.
Clunking sound when the car is moving
It could be a loose suspension. Your suspension system includes everything from your shocks and springs to your control arms and ties rods. When any of these components are loose or damaged, you'll hear the telltale clunk when the car goes over bumps or potholes, especially if the damage has been happening.
Don't risk your safety. Bring your car to Scruggs Automotive for a thorough inspection today!