The automobile has come a long way since the Ford Model T. Among the many advancements in automotive technology is the car computer and its overall effectiveness in detecting any issues a vehicle may be experiencing.
However, like any other mechanism, your car's computer is prone to malfunction. This is why you must use your judgment—and especially your senses—in helping to determine the overall health and stability of your vehicle. One sense that is especially useful in diagnosing any potential defects is your hearing.
You'll know when something is amiss by listening closely to your vehicle's sounds. Bringing your car to a quality auto shop could save you additional time and money down the line.
Here are some of the most common noises you may hear coming from your vehicle.
Squealing While Braking
Whenever you slow down, take note of whether you hear any squealing or grinding. If you do, bring your vehicle to an auto shop as soon as possible because squealing indicates that you have worn brake pads that need to be replaced.
Whether your vehicle has a manual or an automatic transmission, you'll want to listen for any noises that may occur as you shift between gears. The transmission fluid level is likely low if you hear any grinding or whirring noises during shifting. This can lead to costly transmission repairs if not quickly addressed.
Increased Engine Noise
You may experience the sound of your engine getting louder. You could even say the sound is meaner as well. This can be concerning, especially if you haven't done any performance upgrades to your vehicle, but you still encounter a volume change—particularly during moments of acceleration. This could indicate an exhaust leak and must be addressed by a qualified technician.
Knocking Under the Hood
If you hear a knocking sound coming from under the hood, this could indicate worn-out or tiring engine bearings, often caused by improper lubrication. The job of these bearings is to support the motion of the moving engine parts. If they seize up due to a lack of oil, the engine could come to a grinding halt. This will end up resulting in an engine replacement or a rebuild.
Of course, these are not the be-all, end-all of noises that your vehicle can produce. If you hear anything out of the ordinary, it's vital that you bring your vehicle to a qualified auto shop as soon as possible.
At Aposhian Garage, we know that any new sound can be alarming. Our technicians are well-qualified to inspect and diagnose whatever sounds your vehicle may be producing. If you live in Salt Lake City and your car is making one of these or completely different sounds, give us a call today.
When using Aposhian Garage, you have not only had your vehicle properly maintained, but you have also found your vehicle repair “home.”
We look forward to getting to know you and your vehicle!