February 2, 2018

Noises to Be Aware of for your Vehicle

  Keeping your vehicle in top efficiency is important, this should include bringing it in for regular maintenance inspections. You should also contact us if you start to notice odd noises or sounds that your vehicle produces. By catching an issue at the first sign and fixing it, you can help to prevent further damage and wear and tear in the long run. If you notice a hissing noise under the hood in the engine, it could be an indication of a leak, either in the cooling system or a vacuum line. A leaking issue should not be ignored, because it can cause other issues to start to form with time. If a fluid leaks out completely, then the engine and other parts may start to fail. Another noise is if your vehicle clunks while driving over bumps or pot holes something is definitely out of order. Bad ball joints can cause uncivilized sounds, but other chassis components could be to blame as well. Even a loose exhaust system can flop round and make percussive noises. A clunk noise that is made consistently should be inspected as soon as possible. If your car’s engine is making a shrieking sound it could be an issue with the serpentine belt. Either the rubber has gotten old and brittle or the tensioner could be failing. If the latter is to blame the belt may not have the appropriate pressure applied to it, causing slippage and the noise. If there’s a screeching sound when you apply the brakes it’s a good chance the brake pads have reached the end of their useful lives. Many are engineered with small metal tabs that rub against the rotor when the friction material is worn away to a certain point. The squealing sound is an indication that it’s time for a brake job. If you notice the vehicle pull in one direction when you apply the brakes, make sure to contact us so we can inspect the brake system for you.