What’s That Sound? Five Car Noises You Shouldn’t Ignore

The Causes and Solutions to Five Concerning Car Noises

Whether you are concerned about squealing brakes, a noisy steering wheel or a rattling car noise you can’t quite put your finger on – certain sounds shouldn’t be ignored.
Below, we have covered five worrying car noises and the best solution for resolving them.

Squealing Brakes

Typically a sign of worn-out brake pads, squealing brakes are the sound of the vehicle’s calipers grinding against the rotors. Damaged brakes must be taken seriously, as operating a vehicle without fully functioning brakes is a risk to yourself and other road users. As such, it is crucial that you get your brakes looked at or replaced by a mechanic as soon as possible to ensure your car is road-worthy.

Thudding Wheels

The sound of thudding coming from your wheels can be a rather worrying thing to hear. However, the problem is often the result of low air pressure, which can be easily resolved by pumping the tyres to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure level. If this doesn’t fix the issue, you may have a problem with the alignment of the tyres, and as such, will require the car maintenance services of a mechanic.

Scratching Windshield

Windshield wipers making an annoying screeching sound? Then they likely need replacing due to having worn down. Old windshield wipers should typically be changed as soon as possible, as worn-out wipers can affect visibility in poor weather and scratch your windshield, which may lead to an expensive replacement bill.

Removing and installing new windshield wipers can often be carried out without the assistance of a professional, though there is no shame in hiring someone to help if uncomfortable doing it yourself.

A Noisy Steering Wheel

Having an issue with your steering wheel making noises when you turn can often be due to the CV joints and the grease that lubricates the axles having worn away. As a result, the joints will need replacing before the axles become affected, as these can be expensive to replace.

Rattling Car Noise

A rattling car noise can often be one of many issues, though it is typically due to the exhaust system. Issues such as cracks or blockages in the system are a common cause of rattling noises, though it is always best to visit a mechanic to diagnose the cause of the issue.

We hope that our guide to worrying car noises has given you an idea of what to do when your vehicle starts making unfamiliar sounds. TCM Automotive, we offer a range of professional services, including car tuning and car diagnostics to ensure your vehicles remains in excellent condition. To learn more about our car maintenance services, call us today on 07581 033 606.