We spend so much time with our cars that it’s often easy to recognize when something just isn’t quite right. However, when we don’t realize our vehicles need some TLC, our cars and trucks are the first to let us know.
Diagnosing strange car noises can be a challenge, but it’s important to figure out what each sound means so that you can get your vehicle back to working order in no time.
Screeching is often attributed to one of two things: brakes or belts. If the screeching sound occurs when you brake, odds are it’s time for a brake change. On the other hand, if there is a screeching sound when you start your car or accelerate this may be an indicator that you have a worn belt.
If you hear a hissing noise, this may be because of a leaky hose. The sound could either be linked to the cooling system or a vacuum line. Either will require immediate attention if you want to avoid an overheating car or a car with poor drivability.
Thumping noises coming from the tires could be due to low air pressure or a misalignment. Both will have negative effects on the drivability of your car, but can easily be remedied. Ensuring that your tires are in good working order will improve your car’s performance and gas mileage.
Whining noises may be an indicator of low power steering fluid. If the noise is constant and comes from the front of your car, check your power steering fluid levels. It may be the easy fix your car needs.
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If your car, truck or SUV is crying out for help and you’re still unsure of what the issue might be, one of our ASE-certified technicians may have the answer. Contact us today to schedule service for your vehicle.