Cars naturally become noisier as they age; however, that doesn’t mean certain sounds are nothing to be concerned with. Here are five car sounds that should raise the red flag, because they signal a more serious problem could be getting ready to happen.
#1. Screeching, grinding metal that sounds like the blade of a snowplow on pavement
This noise is likely due to brake pads that have worn completely through, causing them to press directly against the rotors. Worn brake pads could make it difficult to stop your car, and might even lead to rotor damage.
#2.Whining or groaning when turning the steering wheel
Whining or groaning when turning usually indicates that your power-steering pump is failing. This is serious because it could leave you unable to steer your vehicle. If you notice this noise, stop driving immediately and have your power-steering pump checked.
#3.Tapping that sounds like a washing machine agitator
This noise is likely caused by a rod inside your engine knocking against the block. Fortunately, this can be repaired unless the rod forces itself completely through the engine block. Have your vehicle repaired immediately, even if it requires getting a tow truck. Continuing to drive could result in your vehicle becoming completely disabled, and require you to install a new engine to get it up and running again.
#4. Scraping Sound When Your Car or Truck Starts
This likely means you have a worn or loose accessory drive belt due to age or excessive wear. Have it replaced as soon as possible to avoid being stranded.
#5. Drumming Underneath Your Vehicle That Increases with Speed
A drumming noise coming from underneath your vehicle could mean a broken or damaged universal joint or driveshaft bushing. This can result in the driveshaft coming completely off your car while driving, thereby bringing it to an instant halt. Avoid this dangerous condition by having a full inspection of your suspension system performed immediately.
If you notice any of these noises, contact us. Our expert mechanics will quickly assess the problem and help you get back on the road again as safely as possible.