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Taking Odd Noises Seriously

There are many different types of noises and sounds that occur from the car. One day the car is quite and the next day you start to hear the noise. Sometimes the noise starts off faint and then continues to get louder over time.  Some of them may be more serious than others. Even if you’re not sure if the noise is something serious or not, it is always best to have it properly inspected.

I have listed below several of the common “noises” and their possible cause. 

A clunk or thumping noise in the front or back of the vehicle, could possibly be an issue with the struts, the shocks or some other suspension component.  

One noise that you might hear could be from the brakes. It might be a high-pitched screech that only happens when you apply the brake pedal. This can be caused by worn out brake pads. Some brake pads are equipped with wear indicators, designed to warn the driver the brake pads are at the end of their efficiency.  The brake rotors may also have rust on them. This will sound more like a grinding noise rather than a squealing noise. If the brakes make a noise when you apply the brake pedal, make sure to bring the vehicle in for a brake inspection.

Another noise might be a rattling metal type sound. You might notice this noise coming from the engine area or from under the vehicle. Sometimes this can be more common as you step on the accelerator.  A lot of times this could be a loose exhaust shield rattling against the metal exhaust pipe.

Another noise from the engine could be a ticking sound. Sometimes the valve train could indicate this by either poor oil pressure or very little oil in the engine. Most cars do not have a low oil level light. So, it is very important to check the oil level before you keep driving. If ignored, it doesn’t take long before further damage can happen to the engine.  
Noticing a squealing noise from under the hood could mean that a fan belt or serpentine belt needs replacement. As it wears and gets old with age, it will start to loosen.  If the belt snaps or breaks, you will need to have it replaced immediately in order to keep driving. 

If you are ever in doubt, make sure that you contact us to schedule an appointment. It is always better to be safe than sorry. Checking a problem at the first sign will help prevent it from becoming worse and more severe in the long run. We will be able to determine what the sound is, and how to have it repaired quickly.

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