If you have had your car for a while, you have become accustomed to it operating in a certain way and are used to all of the noises and sounds that it typically makes each day as you are driving along. It is when you start to hear something that is out of the ordinary that you really need to worry about what is going on. You could be driving along one morning and then all of a sudden there is a noise you have not heard before coming from somewhere on your car. Your natural inclination is going to be to panic right away, thinking about what is wrong and how much money it is going to cost you to fix it. Understanding the noises can help you identify a potential problem so you will know what to do. These are some of the typical noises you might come across when driving.
• The Squealing Brakes – Typically, when you put your foot on the brakes, you really should not hear much of anything and just feel the car come to a stop. If your brakes are making a squealing noise when you are stepping on them, it can be an indication that your brake pads are wearing down or are worn out and they may need to be replaced. It is okay if you need to drive a little bit with this noise, but if you hear scraping, such as metal on metal, it can be that the pads have completely worn out and you need to get them fixed right away.
• The Tire Thud – Very often if hear some type of thud or thumping coming from one of your tires it lets you know that you have a flat tire. However, it can also be that the air pressure in your tires is low or needs adjusting. If the tires look like they are fine and you still hear the noise it may have something to do with your car’s alignment and it may need to be re-aligned. Generally if this is the case you will also have a much bumpier ride than normal and you will see a decrease in your gas mileage.
• The Grind – If you are hearing any type of grinding noise coming from the engine, whether it is when you first start your car up or while the car is running, unfortunately this is not a happy noise. You may hear it more often if your car has a manual transmission and this could be an indication that there is problem with your clutch. This sound, in any type of car, can often mean that there is a transmission problem somewhere and you will want to get it checked right away.
Some noises that you hear are just regular noises your car will make as part of operating, but if you hear something that you feel is out of the ordinary it is always safest to have your car checked by your mechanic to see if there are any problems that need to be addressed. If your car is making scary noises very frequently, it could be time for you to start thinking about getting a new car. You can find great vehicles available at the Chevrolet dealer in Rancho Cucamonga at Mountain View Chevrolet so that you can get a car that will only make the happy running sounds you want to hear.