When you drive your vehicle, you may hear some odd noises from time to time. If you notice them on a more consistent basis, make sure to schedule an appointment with us. You should not ignore certain thumping, banging, clicking and squealing sounds. These sounds often intensify whenever you take a specific action, like stepping on the accelerator, depressing the brake pedal or turning the steering wheel sharply. Listen for these noises. If any suddenly becomes part of your everyday driving experience, schedule an appointment. Ignoring these symptoms will not make the issue go away. It can result in the problem becoming worse, and a larger repair bill.
Taking a corner
You might start to hear a noise when you turn a corner when driving. More than likely this is related to the steering linkage. It either needs lubricating, or is damaged and requires replacement. If you hear a clunking noise when you brake, it could be a brake caliper or other hardware is damaged, missing or improperly mounted. It is important to have this looked at and fixed, as braking is the most important thing your vehicle does.
Under the hood
Another noise you may hear could be caused by the belt under the hood deteriorating. This can result in a flapping noise when you drive. The noise can also be located from under the hood. There might also be a grinding noise when the transmission is shifting. Most of the time it relates to a clutch issue. Having the issue inspected can help to rule out any chance of an issue with the transmission. While hearing a noise under the hood can be a cause for concern, also be aware of any hissing noise. This can be hear when the engine is first shut off, like something is leaking. Coolant or oil could be leaking onto a heated engine part, such as the exhaust manifold; a vacuum line could be leaking; or the engine could be overheating.
Low-pitch humming or whirring under the vehicle can change with acceleration. The differential may need lubricant, the transmission may be failing, the universal joints may be worn or a wheel bearing could be shot. No matter what issue you might notice with your vehicle, make sure to contact us so we can inspect it for you. This can help your vehicle to maintain its efficiency overall.