Common Vehicle Sounds That Indicate Trouble

Sometimes you may hear your car speaking in its own language in sounds such as squeals, bangs, and squeaks and not understand what the vehicle is trying to communicate. Other times you may not even hear the noises or rather hear them and assume it's an ordinary thing. With limited or no car knowledge, it may be difficult to comprehend your car's problems from the sound it produces. Read on to identify common sounds that indicate trouble in your car.

Rattling Noises When Driving Over Bumps

When you drive over speed bumps or a pothole and hear rattling, vibrating, or squeaking sounds then it may imply your car's bushings, sway bar link, and ball joints are defective. Also, the struts and shocks may be worn out.

Squeaking When Turning The Steering Wheel

Have you experienced annoying squeaking sounds when making turns with your car? The probable cause could be low fluid levels in the power steering system or a failed steering wheel pump.

Low Droning Noises

Sometimes you may be forced to accelerate, especially when you're behind schedule or have an emergency. While increasing acceleration, you may hear a low droning noise. Such sounds emanate from tires with little air, alignment issues, and leakages. Also, worn-out tires are a major cause. Getting routine tire maintenance from a repair shop is the best solution for such issues.

Screeching/Growling Noises When Braking

Your car's braking system can be a source of multiple unnerving sounds that imply the car needs maintenance. You may hear low growling or high-pitched screeching sounds while braking. Screeching noises are triggered by the built-in wear indicators in brake pads. The only solution for this problem is seeking brake pad replacement services.

Rumbling Engine

When your car's engine is on and on idle mode, and you certainly hear a rumbling sound followed by vibrations, that's a sign some or multiple engine parts are faulty. The engine requires a proper fuel-to-air mixture ratio and a functional spark plug to work. Dirty fuel injectors, faulty oxygen sensors, and worn-out spark plugs could be the source of rumbling noises during low RPMs.
Our mechanics can help you comprehend problems linked to the noises in your car. If you need a vehicle inspection, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Strande's Garage today!