The track of a well-motivated car engine is a wonderful sound. Of course, many of us take it for granted when we turn the ignition keys and start working every morning. But in today's cars, which have so many parts that require regular tuning, lubrication and replacement, a strange sound can be your vehicle that says something is wrong.
When you notice abnormal sounds and know what to do about them, you may be able to help keep the car in optimum operating mode and extend its overall life. Here are some common sounds and their possible causes:
Squeaking under the hood
The sound of a loud squeak or squeal coming from your hood head is often due to slipping of a worn or damaged accessory belt, according to Angie's list. If so, squeaking can be caused by an aging belt, such as the spinning belt, losing and losing traction. Sometimes one can also see that the sides of the old belts have cracks or become glossy or "glazed" according to The Humble Mechanic.
Cold belts may need to be replaced, so if this sound comes from under the hood of your car, you may need to visit a mechanic.
Lifting under the hood
If your car produces a noisy noise when it's on ̵
Hearing a roaring sound under your car's hood may be an indication that it's time to take it to a mechanic. The solution can be so simple to have rows again, or you may need new ones.
A squeal that comes from one of your wheels can be a brake block problem, says Cars.com. Remember that the brake pads wear down through the use, and many of today's brake pads have sensors to alert you when they are wearing. Even if your car does not have these sensors, if you hear the screaming sound, it can be a great reminder that it is time to get your brake pads inspected and probably replaced by a professional.
If you do not wear Tepa on this sound and your brake lining is worn, Pep Boys finds that the rotors can be damaged – which can mean an expensive repair bill. Read on to find out what happens when a squeal turns into a grinding.
Worn brake linings, if they are not fixed, will eventually wear away completely and the metal of metal on metal will result in a horrible grinding sound. It also means that your brake blocks may need to be repaired or replaced, says Pep Boys.
Hopefully never hear the sound from your wheels. But if you do, make sure your brakes are inspected by a professional immediately.
So next time you are out enjoying a drive, shut down the music and listen to your car instead. It may be trying to tell you something that will keep you safer and help you save money along the way.
Originally published on January 8, 2014.