Every one of us loves our cars. We take care of it and make efforts for the longevity of its utility. After consistent usage, almost every car makes noises. Because every part of the car is essentially a machine and mechanical activity leads to friction, it results in noises. It is always advisable that one should have basic functional knowledge.
You do not have to be an engineer or a mechanic to understand why your car is making the noises it usually makes. In this article, we have listed some specific noises and articulated what they mean and what you can do about them.
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The usual noises that your car makes-
● Screeching sound beneath the hood
Suppose an incessant screeching sound comes from under the hood in a continuous pattern. In that case, it could probably mean a loose or worn-out serpentine belt. The serpentine belt runs important car components like water pump, alternator, radiator fan and more. If the sound continues, consider getting your car checked by the mechanic because your car will not run without it.
● Rattling sound at low speed
If you hear a rattling sound from your wheels when you have just started the vehicle, and it goes away as you speed up; it is possibly because of a misplaced or loose lug nut in the hubcap. The nut may have gone loose previously without you noticing it. Thus it is best to tighten your nuts and look for a lug nut that has gone bad or misaligned.
● Squealing sound from the wheels
One of the most common and oft-heard noises that a car makes is the squealing sound that comes from the brakes. Most of us have experienced this. And if you are wondering why this happens, it is because of worn-out brake pads. You should get them replaced and also get your disc brakes checked by a mechanic.
● Thudding sound from tyres
If you hear a thudding sound from your tyres, it is probably because of low air pressure in your tyres or misaligned tyres. It is recommended that you check the air pressure and ensure that the tyre is inflated up to the manufacturer’s prescribed level.
Almost all noises mean something ominous for your car. So, use these telltale signs of any dysfunctional element in your vehicle and immediately get down to resolve the issues.