Is your vehicle making some strange and concerning sounds? Diagnosing a vehicle by sound can be an exceptional challenge; not only do you have to be able to describe the sound, but it can also be intermittent. There's nothing more frustrating than going down to the shop only to discover that the issue isn't happening! When dealing with sounds, the two most important things are the sound itself and when the sound happens. Here are a few of the more common problems:
- Grinding sound when shifting. This is usually a problem with the clutch rather than any internal damage to the transmission (though this is possible, as well). Often you can either have the clutch replaced or simply adjusted.
- Squealing sound when accelerating. Many people will experience this issue at least once in their driving time. The high-pitched squealing sound of an engine is almost always due to issues with the drive belts; either they're loose, slipping, or simply old. The good news is that this is usually a relatively cheap and simple issue.
- Clicking sound when turning. There are two common causes for this: either something stuck inside of your tire (by the brake pads) or loose brake pads. Either way, it should be addressed quickly. Loose brake pads can easily fail when you need them!
- Clunking sound when braking. Any sound you hear when braking is a potentially dangerous one. A clunking sound usually means that something isn't aligned or mounted correctly and needs to be fixed or replaced.
- Scraping noise when braking. There are flat metal discs just behind your vehicle's tires. This assembly is comprised of both a rotor and drum. If you've recently experienced any sort of damage (such as a fender bender), it's likely that the rotor or drum have been damaged or warped. They will usually need to be replaced.
- Clicking sound when idling. If your vehicle is making a steady clicking sound as it idles, it's usually an issue with the oil. Either your oil pressure is low or you need more oil in your vehicle; check your fluid levels at the next stop and it could be a fairly easy repair.
If you've experienced any of the above issues (or other strange sounds) with your vehicle, you should look into it as soon as possible. At AA Auto Tech in Hastings, MN, we can give you a consultation regarding your car's problems, so that you know exactly what needs to be done to get it into tip top driving shape once again.