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Car Making Rattling, Screeching, Squeaking, or Other Noises?

Often times our vehicles make strange noises. Sometimes these noises disappear after a few minutes or a brief drive, but oftentimes they linger for weeks until the vehicle is able to be diagnosed and repaired. It is important to be able to recognize different sounds your vehicle might make. This information will not only educate you about the probable reason a sound is occurring, but also keep you safer as you drive by helping avoid brake or engine failure.

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Squealing noise when I use the brakes:

  • Dirty brake pads
  • Worn brake pads
  • Overheated brakes
  • Wear indicator on brakes is contacting rotor – notifying you that the brakes should be replaced

Grinding sound when I shift gears:

  • Clutch is worn out or needs to be adjusted
  • Transmission is damaged
  • Shift linkage needs to be adjusted

Scraping or scratching noise from the rear of the car while driving:

  • Debris such as ice or a tree branch is rubbing against tires
  • Parking brake is on
  • Brakes are dragging

Rattling sound from beneath the car:

  • Exhaust system needs repairs

Clunking noise when I use the brakes:

  • Damaged brakes
  • Steering system is wearing out

Scraping sound when I use the brakes:

  • Worn out brake shoes
  • Brakes are not operating in an even fashion

Consistent tempo of a scraping sound when braking:

  • Brake rotors are warped
  • Brake drums need to be replaced

Squealing noise when I press the gas pedal:

  • Drive belt is slipping
  • Drive pulleys are misaligned
  • Drive belt is loose
  • Steering wheel at maximum limit

Engine hesitates or pops:

  • Worn out spark plug
  • Clogged air filter
  • Ignition problem
  • Clogged fuel filter
  • Water in gasoline
  • Catalytic converter is clogged

Summary

The noises your vehicle makes are very important in diagnosing potentially serious issue that may be occurring. It is vital that you get any issues resolved immediately. Failure to do so could not only result in inefficient driving, which leads to burning more fuel, but also potentially dangerous problems such as brake or engine failure.