Everything You Need To Know About Car Noises And What They Mean

It is normal to sometimes hear car noises, experience a bit of shaking or even hear odd noises from time to time. However, at what point does this noises actually signify that there is something wrong with the vehicle?

In this article, we’ve gathered the most common noises that a car gives out. These hissing, slapping, shaking, thumping, grinding and sizzling sounds corresponds to a particular piece of the vehicle part that need to get checked at the repair shop.

1. Engine Noises

The moment combustion happens; this triggers the car to start accelerating. If the engine is working , there should be a steady hum of the engine’s pistons going up and down inside the engine’s cylinders. As the car moves faster, the car’s noise changes appropriately. But, in the event that you notice or hear tapping, slapping or hear an irregular hum from the piston, it means that you’ve got engine trouble and its time to bring it for repairs.

Common Engine Troubles:

  • Battery issues
  • Lifter adjustmen
  • Starting a car with a battery problem
  • Trany slipping
  • Tapping Valves
  • Pistons slapping
  • Engine seizing up

2. Belt Noises

These are made of rubber that stretches and get worn out over time. Signs of trouble with the belt are hearing noises like squealing, chirping, rumbling and squeaking.

Common Belt & Pulley Trouble:

  • Belt is worn-out
  • The water pump is not working
  • Misaligned Belt

3. Hose Noises

Hose, like fan belts, gets worn down and cracked over time. When you hear a hissing sound, it means that pressure is building up and that the hose is failing. Head on to the nearest repair shop.

Common Hose Trouble:

  • Leak in the vacuum hose
  • Gurgling sound from the coolant
  • Sluggish/diminishing engine performance

4. Suspension Noises

Suspension issues are not easily determined at the beginning but subtle changes in the performance of the car while driving can give you clues that you’re about to have a suspension trouble. Usually, if its suspension issue, rides starts to feel rough, bouncy, during turns you hear a squeak and tires are shaking. You’d also notice sudden dips when you step on the break.

Common Suspension Troubles:

  • Steering Column
  • Brake Issues
  • Bad ball joint
  • Struts

5. Brake Noises

When you hear a high pitch squealing, it’s a sign that your brake pad needs to be replaced. This happens when soft-metal wear indicator rubs against the brake. The squealing sound is the metal grinding sound that means that brake pads may be damaging the brake rotors.

Common Break Trouble:

  • Brake Light On
  • Squealing, Squeaking or Grinding Noises
  • Wobbling, Vibration or Scraping When Braking
  • Leaking Fluid
  • Spongy or Soft Brake Pedal
  • Car Pulling to One Side When Braking
  • Burning Smell While Driving
  • Bouncing Up and Down When You Stop Short

6. Exhaust System Noises

This is most likely to be affected by rust due to the amount of acidic moisture that it gets. Once the silencer makes a loud roaring noise, it means that there is a problem. You may also hear a hissing sound, which indicates a crack in the exhaust manifold, exhaust pipe or a leaking gasket. A chugging noise could mean a blockage in the exhaust system.

Common Exhaust Troubles: 

  • Loud Exhaust
  • The decrease in Vehicle Power
  • Hanging Exhaust Pipe
  • Hole in muffler
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