Most Worrisome Car Noises

December 20,2014

car noisesAnyone with any experience driving a car has had that moment – the one when that worrisome noise starts. Cars in tip-top repair still make noises, and most of them aren’t problematic or a sign that something is in need of imminent repair. The fan hums a bit loudly, tires whirr, something small in the dashboard rattles a bit – these are normal sounds. If some part of your car begins to band, squeal, click, or scrape, though, you need to investigate it because it’s likely this is a problem that will manifest itself in some more unpleasant form sooner rather than later.

Here are some examples of dangerous vehicle noises that should not be overlooked:

  • Thumping – A thumping noise could mean a flat tire. Pull over right away and take a look.
  • Squealing – Depending on where the noise originates, squealing can mean a belt problem. It could also be your brake pads are worn down.
  • Grinding – A grinding noise can be another sign of brake problems, although it doesn’t have to be since grinding occurs when metal scrapes up against another metal surface.
  • Whining – If your car is making a whining noise, this could mean ball joints need to be replaced.
  • Flapping – Fan problems and belt deterioration sometimes cause flapping sounds.
  • Hissing or Sizzling – Leaking fluids result in the hissing noises you hear when you turn off your car. Is your vehicle leaking oil, coolant, or any other fluid? Hissing can also mean your engine is overheating. As with any sizzling noise, be careful in your investigation of the problem and let your car fully cool down first. You do not want to be dealing with second-degree burns on top of car problems.

Many times the onset of these noises begins when the driver does something specific like accelerating, turning the steering wheel sharply, or braking, and the noise continues to occur when those actions are repeated. This kind of information is valuable in determining what exactly the problem is and how you should, or should not, continue operating the vehicle. Make sure to relay this to your mechanic when you take your car in to be fixed.

It’s never a fun thing to hear strange noises coming from your car, but do not worry too much if it does happen. The problems listed above are common and can be fixed. Many of them are not bank-breaking repairs either. However, even if you have some serious car problem, it’s important to address it as soon as possible because damage to one part of a car can cause more damage to occur elsewhere, and there are safety considerations to take into account as well. Driving a broken down car is taking a risk with your life, the lives of your passengers, and the lives of the other people on the road with you.
Veenstra’s Garage would be glad help you diagnose a problem with your car and get you driving safely again on the road. Please do call us any time we can be of assistance.