Don't let these noises go unnoticed!
Noises are just part of operating a vehicle. Tire treads hum against the asphalt, wind whistles as it passes around outboard mirrors, plastic bits and pieces in the dashboard generate little squeaks as they rub together and so forth. Most of us don’t even notice these harmless notes after a while. But some noises aren’t so innocuous. You should not ignore certain thumping, banging, clicking and squealing sounds. These sounds often rear their heads or intensify whenever the driver takes specific actions such as 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, it’s time to take action. Something is probably very wrong. Ignoring the symptom won’t make the problem magically go away. Delay can provide the time for a problem to worsen, and that usually translates into a bigger and more expensive repair. Here are some of the more common noises that can spell trouble and their possible causes: 1. Any sound when turning a corner. 2. Clunking when braking. 3. Flapping. 4. Grinding manual transmission when shifting. 5. Hissing or sizzling under the hood. 6. Knocking from the engine compartment. 7. Loud bang. 8. Low-pitch humming under the car. 9. Popping from the engine compartment. 10. Rattles from beneath the vehicle. 11. Roaring that increases with acceleration. 13. Squealing or chirping on acceleration. 14. Squealing wheels when applying brakes. 15. Scraping or grinding when applying brakes. 16. Tapping or clicking from the engine compartment. 17. Whining. See Less