CAR NOISES AND WHAT THEY MEAN | BRONX, NY
Cars are machines, which means they can make a lot of noise. While most noises are normal, there are a few sounds your car can make, which you should not ignore.
 
SQUEALING OR GRINDING
If you hear a high-pitched squealing or grinding sound when you press on the brake pedal, this likely means your brake pads have worn down. Most brake pads come with a built-in piece of metal that works as a safety warning to tell you when it is time to get new brakes. If there is a deeper grinding or growling sound, get your brakes checked immediately.
WHINING OR HOWLING
If your vehicle is front-wheel drive and you hear a whining or howling sound as you turn, this could mean your front bearings have worn down. If the sound is steady, no matter if you're turning or not, it could be the rear bearing that need replacing.
POPPING OR SNAPPING WHEN YOU TURN
When your turn at low speeds and hear and popping or snapping sound coming from your tires, this could indicate a problem with your constant velocity (CV) joints. It could also mean you need a new front axle.
RATTLING INSIDE THE WHEELS
If, when driving at low speeds, you hear a rattling sound coming from your wheels, this could be a loose lug nut. Take your car to a mechanic as soon as you can to get your wheels and tires inspected.
CLUNKING OR BANGING UNDER THE HOOD
If your engine is making lots of banging and clunking sounds, you could have a serious problem with the pistons, valves, or connecting rods. Get your car to a mechanic as soon as possible.
SQUEALING WHEN STARTING THE ENGINE
When you first start your car, if it makes a squealing sound, it could indicate a problem with an accessory belt, often the serpentine belt.