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7 Car Sounds You Should Never Ignore

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A mechanic working under a car. (Antoniodiaz/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Wednesday, 11 September 2019 11:20 AM

You're driving along when suddenly your car starts to make a whirring, thumping, or hissing sound. You have two choices: Crank the radio and ignore it or address the noises before they become something worse. Turning a blind eye, or ear in this instance, may seem like the cheaper option, but in the long run it will cost you.

Not all car noises mean there is a serious issue at hand, but that doesn't mean things are OK either, Tom Piippo, mechanical division director for the Automotive Service Association, told Reader's Digest.

To shed light on the situation, we take a look at seven car noises you should not ignore.

  1. Squeaking and grinding. The easiest way to tell if your brakes are worn out is if they start to squeak. If they are making a grinding noise, you need to make an appointment for repairs immediately. "That's one of the things you don't want to play with because brakes are safety," John Burkhauser, an auto repair specialist and director of educational programs for Bolt On Technology, told Reader's Digest.
  2. Hissing or sizzling. These noises coming from under the hood could mean several things. It could be a sign that your engine is overheating or that something is leaking, according to BankRate. This could be coolant or oil leaking onto the engine or a leaking vacuum line. Either way, it is best to get it checked out.
  3. Knocking. It may be hard to pinpoint exactly what the issue may be, but if you hear a knocking sound when accelerating, it is best to get a professional to investigate the car noise. It may mean your belt tensioners are failing or that there is an internal problem with your engine, SuperMoney noted.
  4. Rattling. If your front-wheel drive makes a rattling sound when you accelerate or make a hard turn, it could mean that the joints that allow your tires to turn could be deteriorating, Burkhauser said. It could also mean the heat shields protecting your exhaust pipes are loose.
  5. Humming or whirring. A humming or whirring under your car could mean that the wheel bearings are shot. It could also mean the transmission is failing or that the universal joints are worn, BankRate noted.
  6. Thumping. A thumping sound while driving could mean a bunch of things. From a tire coming apart to a bad cv axle, these are car noises you should not ignore, SuperMoney noted.
  7. Booms. If your car is making a "boom" noise every time you drive over a bump, it could very well mean a bad suspension, said Burkhauser. If you hear a sudden boom it could mean that something has broken in your car. Either way, you could lose control of your car.

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You're driving along when suddenly your car starts to make a whirring, thumping, or hissing sound. You have two choices: Crank the radio and ignore it or address the noises before they become something worse.
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