Car noises are a sign that something is not quite right with your vehicle and needs attention — and you need to address some of those noises immediately for safety reasons.
Here are five noises that should get your attention and spur you into action (or into the repair shop).
Grinding or Squeaking Noise When Braking
Check the front or back wheels for excessive wear if your brakes make this sound.
Inspect the calipers and hoses for any signs they're not working.
If you need to replace these parts, your car will likely make this noise until you fix it.
Whining or clunking noise when accelerating
It's probably a sign that your transmission is failing. If this sound begins to fade away after you accelerate, then there's a good chance that your trans-axle is causing the issue. The best way is to take your car into an auto shop for an inspection.
Hissing or Bubbling Noises From Under the Hood
Check for leaks immediately if you hear a strange noise coming from the engine bay. Five main fluid types could be leaking: oil, coolant/antifreeze, transmission fluid (and other lubricants), brake fluid, and power steering fluid.
Screeching Noise From the Engine Bay
If you notice a screeching or high-pitched noise underneath the hood, you will need to replace one of your engine belts.
- Replace the belt (if it's worn out).
- Tighten the belt (if it has loosened over time).
- Adjust the length of your belts if they're too long, or replace them if they're too short—this depends on how much room there is between pulleys and their position.
Rattling or Buzzing Sounds When Idling
If the noise is from the engine bay, your problem could be a loose belt. Check under the hood or behind the engine to see if there is a loose hose. If not sure of the noise, take your car to an auto repair shop for a diagnostic test that will tell you what you need to fix.
If you need a vehicle inspection, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Pro Drive today. We have three convenient locations in Corpus Christi, TX.