What is that Strange Noise Coming From My Vehicle?

So, you are driving along and all of a sudden you hear this very unfamiliar, but noticeable noise coming from your vehicle. Whether a clunking sound, a loud clank, a squeal or a whistle, don’t dismiss it and just keep on keeping on. It is important to identify the source of the sound in order to determine what the source of the problem is. With that said, the friendly staff here at Auto Clinic of Franklin has put together these helpful tips to help you identify that strange noise and know when it’s time to head on over to your mechanic or when a noise is much less urgent.

  • A squealing sound when you hit the brakes – If you are hearing a high-pitched squealing sound that appears to be coming from your tires when you step on the brakes, more than likely the brake pad indicator is rubbing against the rotors. Though not an urgency, the indicator is letting you know that your brakes are wearing down and should be replaced soon.
  • A squealing sound coming from underneath your vehicle’s hood – This sound is typically an indication that your serpentine belt is either loose or has worn out. Since the serpentine belt powers many of your car’s systems, this should be attended to ASAP. If a serpentine belt breaks the drive torque is lost and the vehicle can no longer drive. Your serpentine belt is an essential engine component, so when you hear this strange noise get on over to your mechanic quickly.
  • A ‘grrrrr, grrrr, grrrr’ sound when you try to start the engine – This noise is letting you know that the battery in your vehicle is losing juice and is struggling greatly to power up the engine. Your battery can be past its prime of life, be low on fluid, or may just need a jump. Whatever the case, rest assured it’s time to have your battery tested and probably replaced as well.
  • A loud, gruff sound coming from the area under the driver’s seat – This rather loud, strange noise usually means that you have a crack or leak in your exhaust manifold. The noise itself would normally be silenced by your muffler but when the exhaust system is malfunctioning any vibrations and sounds will now make their way to the inside of your vehicle. When your exhaust system malfunctions, many times carbon monoxide is seeping into your vehicle so there is an absolute sense of urgency when this occurs.
  • When you turn your steering wheel you hear a loud, deep moaning sound – When you hear this sound you will probably also notice that your steering wheel feels a bit unresponsive and hard to turn. This sound is an indication that your power steering system is malfunctioning. You may be very low on power steering fluid or, worse yet, your power steering pump may be on its way out. Don’t delay. Have this checked as soon as possible.

We certainly hope you found our tips helpful. Bottom line, if you are driving along and find yourself faced with a noticeable strange noise then your vehicle is attempting to tell you that something is definitely out of sync. Don’t ignore it but rather take time out to listen and then turn to the professionals here at Auto Clinic of Franklin. Our highly skilled and professional technicians stand ready to serve you with your every need. Give a shout out to our team today and schedule your appointment. We are here to answer all your questions and to provide you with all your automotive repairs and needs. Don’t delay. Contact us today!!

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