Car Noises!!

Car noises can mean a whole host of things — depending on when they happen and where they come from — which makes it hard for the untrained ear to work out what’s wrong.

Here are some things to be aware of, and what they can mean:

What do I do if my car makes a noise?

Hearing your car making an unusual noise can be a worry for any motorist but don’t panic.

Listen to the noise and if it sounds like an immediate concern, then pull over and get a mechanic to look at it as soon as possible.

To help you find a mechanic you can trust, the Just7 in all locations.

And just in case the worst should happen out on the roads, make sure you have the correct breakdown cover in place.

Clicking

If you start your car and it continues to make a clicking sound after you’ve let it sit for a while, it could be a sign of low oil pressure, which will need some professional attention sooner rather than later.

Hissing

If there’s a hissing sound coming from under your bonnet while your car’s idling, your engine might be overheating, which can be a serious problem.

However, it could also mean that you’ve got a vacuum leak somewhere, which should be easy to fix once you’ve managed to locate it.

My car is making a noise when accelerating

Slapping

If you can hear a slapping sound that seems to increase in tempo as you increase your speed, one of your tires could be on its last legs.

Driving on a flat or damaged tire can cause lasting damage to your wheels so if the slapping starts, stop driving.

Grinding

If your gear stick is grinding while you’re shifting up through the gears, it could mean your clutch is worn out or your shift linkage needs adjusting.

Grinding could also signify a deeper problem within the transmission.

Chirping

If you hear a chirping sound coming from your wheel that changes when you accelerate, it doesn’t mean there’s a budgie caught under the bodywork.

Chirping usually means that a wheel bearing or axle is starting to fail, so get this seen to before it makes your wheels lock up or come loose.

This is just a quick overview of some of the strange noises your car might make, and how to interpret them. That doesn’t mean that you should become an automotive hypochondriac, but it’s important to develop an ear for this sort of thing anyway.

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