Car noise is a significant issue for your car. While some strange car noises are nothing to worry about, others can indicate something serious that needs attention. It's always better to be safe than sorry, so if you hear any of these noises coming from your vehicle, don't hesitate to take it in for a check-up.
Here are five common car noises you should never ignore:
When your exhaust leaks when accelerating, you get a deafening noise. Although the noise may not cause much harm, it does indicate that your exhaust system needs to be repaired. You probably need a new muffler or pipes.
A grinding noise when you brake
If you hear your brakes making a grinding noise, it could mean that you need to replace your brake pads. Brake pads wear out over time and eventually become worn out. As soon as you start hearing these types of noises, it's best to get your vehicle checked out by a professional.
A Consistent Rattling Noise
Loose parts inside your vehicle often cause rattling noises. So, if you notice rattling noises coming from your vehicle, you should stop and inspect everything inside of it. Loose bolts, nuts, and screws can cause rattles, so you'll want to tighten anything that looks loose.
A hissing noise or Sizzling Noise from the Engine
The sounds, which may or may not be accompanied by smoke or steam, are probably the result of hot exhaust pieces being in contact with engine fluids (oil, coolant, power steering). This is a fire risk and could harm your engine.
Engine Making a Clicking or Tapping Noise
The valvetrain is the source of the clicking sound. The hydraulic lifters that open and close the valves may collide if oil pressure is low due to a low oil level in the crankcase or an issue with the oil pump, increasing the valve lash. Wearing connecting rod bearings can produce a deep metallic rapping sound, which may signal that your engine is beyond repair.
If you hear a noise coming from the car that you've never heard, it's essential to take it to a mechanic and find out what's happening. Ignoring a problem with your car can end up costing you money in the long run. So, bring your car to The Car & Truck Guys immediately if you think it needs to be inspected!