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Cars Can Talk: 4 Sounds from Your Auto That Tell You Something’s Wrong

Experienced car owners know that any sound that their vehicle makes that seems different than usual is a cause for concern. These sounds generally arise when something has broken or worn down to the point of possible failure. They can signal a potential breakdown or malfunction. Many of these tones give clues about the source of the problem. Here are a few sounds you may hear when driving that indicate an issue with one of the vehicle’s systems.

Clunking Sound

Any clunk sound that occurs when you brake can be alarming. The sound might mean that a brake caliper or other hardware is damaged or missing. You should take the car to a mechanic as soon as possible to determine the exact cause and have it repaired to avoid further issues that could affect braking ability.

Grinding Sound

A grinding noise coming from the front of your car might make you think parts of the engine are causing an expensive problem. A heavy, grinding tone could the sound of a gear problem that should be investigated immediately. But the sound may also be from something as simple as a pebble kicked up into the brake system.

Squealing Sound

If you suddenly hear a high-pitched squealing noise coming from under the hood, it can be quite unnerving and make you think some serious engine issue has developed. However, the problem is probably just the serpentine belt, which controls many important engine components. When this belt is loose, it can rub against these parts, creating the characteristic sound. Take the car in and have your mechanic replace the belt. You can do this yourself, if you have experience doing automotive repairs.

Hissing Sound

If you hear a hissing sound when you turn off the engine, the likely cause is a leak in one of your vehicle’s systems. This sound generally occurs when liquid drips onto heated engine parts. The source may be a coolant leak, an oil lead or a problem with a vacuum line. This sound also may occur when the engine is overheating.

Today’s vehicles are complex mechanisms that depend on both mechanical and digital devices. Most of the noises you will hear coming from your car are from the mechanical components and can be easily repaired or replaced by an experienced automotive technician. Drivers should be aware of the normal sounds their vehicle makes. When unusual noises occur in your car, listen carefully, and you will be able to determine where the problem lies, so you can help your mechanic provide a fast and efficient repair.

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Comment by John Tailor on May 1, 2018 at 11:21pm

Love this approach to figuring out what is ailing your car. I would also recommend installing a cold air intake as it might help your engine 'breathe' better as airflow clogging can also cause unwanted sounds. 

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