Owning a car can be a big responsibility. Cars require gas, cleanings, and regular maintenance. When you become a car owner and through the rest of your car ownership, you have to be on the lookout for potential problems that could be going on with your car. This is important because if your car has issues you could potentially be putting yourself, your vehicle, or other drivers at risk. Continue reading for different car noises you should be on the lookout for and when you should be concerned.
Different Car Noises
There are many different car noises that you could potentially hear that could be concerning. Some are more obvious than others, but it is important to understand what certain noises could mean in order to protect yourself and your vehicle. If you become aware of a noise and are concerned that it could be a serious issue, do not hesitate to reach out to us at Paskett Auto. We would be happy to identify the noise and fix any problem that the sound is associated with.
If you are hearing a knocking sound in your car it could be due to putting the wrong grade of gasoline in your car. A low-grade gasoline could cause the engine pistons to move irregularly causing a knocking sound. The sound could also be due to fuel burning erratically within your car’s engine cylinders or malfunctioning spark plugs. This can be fixed by using the right gasoline for your vehicle and getting regular tune-ups to ensure your spark plugs and cylinders are functioning properly.
Grinding And/Or Screeching
Grinding or screeching in your car, especially when you are trying to slow down, typically means that something is wrong with your brakes or brake pads. Some brake pads will screech when they are getting too low. If you are noticing screeching accompanied by grinding, low brake pads is probably your issue. You may also be having a problem with your wheel. A failing wheel which screeches is difficult to turn and could cause your car to drift to one side.
If you notice a constant rattling noise from beneath your car when you are driving, it could mean that something is loose. It might be hard to notice but a loose muffler or other metal piece can be refastened with a screwdriver or may need to be replaced. A catalytic converter that is failing may also be to blame for a rattling sound. You may need to get your catalytic converter replaced if it is breaking down.
Whining or squealing could be attributed to many different issues with your car. If you notice the sound when you start your car it could be due to a worn out belt. If your belt is worn out it will need to be replaced. The whining sound could also be attributed to any other part of your engine malfunctioning, so if you hear whining it is not a good sign. If you hear whining, the best course of action would be to go to your local mechanic shop and get it looked at.
Do You Need To Get Your Car Looked At?
If you have read this article and become concerned due to the sounds you have been hearing in your car, then you might need to get your car looked at. We at Paskett Auto would be happy to take a look at your vehicle and help find the issue with it. We employ several experienced and professional mechanics who are very knowledgeable about vehicles and can help you with yours. For more information, reach out to us today.