From indicating it's time for a service through to a warning of fast-approaching mechanical failure, the noises coming from your car can provide a wealth of information. If you've had your car for a few months, chances are you'll be familiar with its usual sounds. This means that when a new noise starts, you'll quickly recognize that your vehicle needs attention. Here are five common noises to look out for, along with an explanation of what they might mean.
In most cases, hissing will be due to the escape of steam from an overheated radiator. In these circumstances, stop as soon as it's safe to do so and seek professional assistance. Driving with an overheated engine can cause serious damage.
2. Metallic scraping when braking
If you hear squealing or metal-on-metal when braking, it frequently means your brake pads have worn right down to the underlying metal. Get the pads inspected immediately and replaced if necessary. If the brakes are worn to the metal, they won't be working effectively and could fail completely.
3. A washing machine noise
If you hear a noise like a washing machine on its spin cycle, a seized bearing or a loose lug nut could be to blame. Stop when safe to do so and check inside the hub cap for a detached lug nut. This can then be refastened. If the lug nuts appear to be all firmly locked on, the bearings will need to be checked by a professional.
4. Engine knocking
This may be due to a fault in the fuel-mixing system or engine parts making contact due to a lack of oil. To prevent permanent engine damage, it's important to get knocking checked out as soon as you can.
5. Exhaust roar
If your modest saloon has an Indy car roar when you put your foot down, chances are your exhaust needs attention. A blown exhaust isn't dangerous, but may affect fuel efficiency and is unpleasantly noisy.
Do any of these sound familiar? Why not drop your vehicle off at our auto repair shop for inspection by one of our trained technicians? Call us today!