Familiarize Yourself With These Car Noises And Know When To Act Fast
Clunking, Banging, Chirping, Rattling, Hissing, Knocking, Popping, Loud Clicking, Roaring, Rattling, Grinding, Squealing, Rumbling, Ticking and Tapping!
Chances are if you hear any of these sounds coming from your vehicle, your car may be in trouble and requires immediate attention. Never ignore these sounds! They are a warning sign that something is wrong and if left unattended could not only be dangerous, but could also lead to massive damage and enormous repair bills.
CLUNKING AND BANGING SOUNDS
This typically comes from under the bonnet of your car and indicates a critical problem with your pistons, valves or connecting rods.
POPPING OR LOUD CLICKING SOUNDS
This usually happens if there is an exhaust leak or a dirty air filter. If you hear this noise when turning and you have a front-wheel drive, it could mean the CV joints on the front axle are near the end of their life expectancy and need to be replaced.
This popping noise could also indicate a leak in the fuel injector which could lead to engine damage, increased fuel consumption and poor emissions.
Again this sound could be associated with problems with your exhaust system or the vehicle’s transmission.
This sound typically comes from either the wheels or the steering wheel.
If the rattling noise is coming from your wheels when driving at a slow speed and then seems to disappear when you speed up, it is usually a loose lug bouncing around in your hub caps.
If the noise is coming from the steering wheel it could mean that your power steering fluid is low or there could be damage to a component in the steering column.
This could signify any number of problems – the engine could be overheating, the vacuum could be leaking, fluid could be leaking into your engine, the catalytic converter could be blocked or it could be the exhaust system playing up. This is a dangerous sound and could cause massive damage to your engine whilst also being a fire hazard.
This usually indicates there could be an ignition problem such as a faulty distributor cap or fuel injector or damaged spark plugs.
If the sound is coming from your engine, it could be a problem with combustion. This could have been caused by using incorrect petrol or carbon deposits on the cylinder walls.
GRINDING OR SQUEALING SOUNDS
This is typically a problem with your brakes. The brake shoes or pads could be worn down and the padding has gone – this could lead to brake failure if left, especially if the sound turns to grinding which means they are touching metal. If caught early you could save them and get pad replacements. There are a lot of companies that sell brake pads and other Land rover spares.
SQUEALING SOUNDS UNDER THE BONNET OF CAR
This usually happens on start up or when accelerating. It could indicate worn out or loose accessory belts for your power steering pump, your serpentine belt, a faulty air conditioner compressor or alternator.
Squealing sounds when you are turning your car indicates a problem with the suspension and steering.
This could be a problem with the timing or serpentine belt in the engine which could have come loose or damaged and need to be adjusted or replaced.
This usually happens when you accelerate and could indicate a hole in your muffler or damaged spark plugs. Holes in your muffler could be dangerous if the fumes from the muffler leak into the vehicle so get this checked out soonest.
TICKING AND TAPPING SOUNDS
This typically indicates a problem with the oil and/or the oil pump.It could mean that you simply need an oil change or perhaps you need to replace the oil pump.
If you are having problems starting your car it is usually an electrical problem such as a dead battery or loose wiring.
All of the above noises signify there is a problem which needs to be addressed urgently as they could compromise your safety and be dangerous and expensive if left unattended to.