What is That Sound my Car is Making?

Every driver should master the various warning car sounds that signal specific mechanical problems early enough for effective intervention.

Drivers who learn to maintain some closeness with their cars will easily tell when the engine requires some maintenance or whether some part requires replacement. The knowledge of some common sounds can help the driver make the right diagnosis to determine how and when to fix the problem.

The following tips should help any discerning driver to avoid inconveniences on the road through quick intervention. The list of the car sounds is not exhaustive but covers some of the most common challenges that you might have experienced in the past or will encounter in the near future.

A ticking sound from the car’s underside

Drivers should be wary of a ticking sound, which is usually heard from the center underside of their cars. This sound is usually heard from rear-wheel-drive vehicles or four-wheel-drive cars. According to experts in car sounds, this particular noise should warn drivers of a possible u-joint problem. The ticking sound comes from the looseness of the joint, which indicates that it might break at any moment. It is advisable for drivers to seek immediate repair from qualified mechanics because any sudden u-joint break while the car is at full speed could cause a terrible accident.

A hissing sound from the hood

The hissing sound heard from under the hood of the car is another commonly heard noise that indicates a mechanical problem. Experienced drivers familiar with various car sounds will tell you that this sound is usually associated with a vacuum leak. The sound is usually noticed when the car is idling. Experts associate this particular noise with the formation of cracks on the plastic vacuum or rubber. The replacement of the defective parts is the most recommended approach of solving the problem. It is important to ensure that only high quality parts are used in the replacements.

Wheel-bearing noises

Wheel-bearing noises are possible indications of an alignment problem. In many cases, these noises are picked after long hours of driving on rough surfaces or after hitting potholes. The wheel-bearing noises are usually accompanied by the pulling of the car on one side of the road. You should check whether the car sounds from the wheel-bearing originate from the front or back wheels. Alignment problems usually make it difficult to control the car, which makes the case for an early visit to qualified mechanics. You should always ensure to check your car’s alignment at regular intervals.

Clicking sound when turning

If you notice some clicking noise when turning, then your car could be having an outer CV joint problem. Such car sounds are associated with a torn boot or obsolete joint. Most people with experience in car sounds contend that the clicking sounds begin faintly before it increases in loudness. Replacing the entire axle assembly is the most recommended remedy of ridding your car of this clicking sounds. Early detection and solving of the various mechanical problems that cause these clicking sounds help to avoid total breakdown or fatal accidents.

A knowledge of car sounds could help you spend less on repairs if you follow them with quick intervention. If you are experience unusual sounds coming from your vehicle, or its time for routine maintenance, contact D&R Autoworks today


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