What’s That Sound? Car Noises That Must Be Checked Out

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If you’ve ever panickily googled a car sound to make sure your engine wasn’t about to explode, you’ll appreciate this quick guide to common car sounds. This list will help you identify the car noises that need your immediate attention and hopefully put your mind at ease. Let’s dive in.

A Sound Like A Coin In The Dryer

If you hear something that sounds like a coin knocking around in your wheel when you’re driving at low speeds, it might be a loose lug nut. Pay attention to the sound when you speed up. Does it disappear when you drive faster? If so, you should drive to your nearest service center and have a technician take a look at your wheels. Don’t put this one off because it might mean your wheel needs to be tightened. You don’t want it to come off while you’re driving.

Brakes Squealing Or Grinding

Most people are familiar with this car sound and what it means. If you hear your brakes squealing, your brake pads probably need to be replaced. For the safety of you and everyone else on the road, you should get your brake pads replaced ASAP. However, if you hear your brakes grinding, getting brake pad replacements should move to the very top of your to-do list.  A grinding sound mean that your brake pads are so worn that metal is touching metal. At this point, the stopping power of your brakes is dangerously low.

Popping Or Clicking When You Turn

If you hear a popping sound when you turn but not when you are driving straight, you probably have a worn constant velocity joint on your front axle. You can get it replaced by one of the skilled technicians here at Hendrick Honda Bradenton.

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Squealing Under The Hood

When you crank your car, if you hear a high-pitched squealing noise emanating from under your hood, don’t worry. Your car is not about to explode, but you should head to a mechanic very soon. The sound you hear is likely the result of a worn accessory belt or serpentine belt.  These belts carry power between things like the power steering pump, air conditioner, and alternator. If the belt snaps it will cause those things to stop working. Fortunately, belt replacements are relatively simple and they aren’t expensive at all.

If you’re hearing any of these noises, schedule service with the team at Hendrick Honda Bradenton today.

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