Is your car making any of these noises? Check its cause and solution here!

By Chris Odogwu
Publish on August 08, 2019

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Every car owner is bothered by car noises because they often indicate a problem. Check out the various car noises and what they indicate about your car!

You are enjoying a smooth ride in your car. Suddenly, there is a noise from somewhere. For a moment you think it is coming from outside. You pay closer attention, and you get a confirmation that it is from your car. Panic mode is activated.

Calm down.

Unknown to many, some car noises are no cause for alarm. A lot of components are at work to keep your engine running, so, a little noise is not always a signal for a disaster.

In this piece brought to you by Naijauto, we shall discuss various car noises, and inform you about those that should get you worried.

1. Squealing engine noise

The squealing engine noise is not subtle or gentle. It comes strongly immediately you turn on the ignition.

It is common knowledge that the engine is one of the most delicate parts of a car, if not the most delicate. If your engine sneezes, you have to be afraid. And that’s because there could be fire on the mountain.

This kind of noise can easily move from 0 to 100 if you do not check it immediately. Are you still driving your car despite this noise? There are two things involved. It is either you are tired of this life or your village people are manipulating you.

Car-engine

A sound from the engine indicates a fault

Once you hear the squealing noise, quietly turn off your car, and get an expert mechanic to have it checked to avoid stories that touch.

One of the possible reasons for this sound is a damaged serpentine belt. After being used for a long time, the serpentine belt naturally becomes worn out. If it is not badly damaged, it can be readjusted and still be used. But if it is really bad, a total replacement is needed. It is up to your mechanic to decide what the case is.

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2. Screeching noise from the brake

Another common car noise is the screeching noise from the brake. Considering the sensitive nature of the brake, it is understandable that you are worried when it acts in a way that is not normal. But sometimes, there is no cause for alarm. If you parked your car outside for a while, and the screeching noise comes on when you drive it, built up moisture could have made the rotors to get rusty, hence the noise. But do not jump to this conclusion without having a look at it.

You should be more worried if the noise is as a result of your brake pads being worn out. For owners’ safety, some automakers make their brake pads to give warning signals when they get worn out. This is even more reason why you should not ignore the noise. There is only so much the automaker can do; turning deaf ears is at your own risk.

Brake-warning-light

The brake warning light reveals brake-related problems

The brake pads can also make a grinding noise. This often happens when an object is stuck between the rotor and the caliper. The solution to this is to get the object out of the way. Properly lubricating the pad is helpful. Unlubricated caliper boats are prone to friction. But when lubricated, there is free movement.

3. Clicking noise during turning

Do you hear any noise as you turn your car? Naturally, your question would be: where is that noise coming from? Let us find out.

What area is the noise coming from? Is it from the front, back or middle? Some clicking noises are not harmful, especially when they occur after you turn on the emergency flashers. The constant velocity joint (CVJ) is a major reason why cars make a clicking noise during turning. They can be likened to the legs and arms of a car that ensure that a car’s engine movements are in sync. Failure in these joints leads to uncoordinated movements, hence the clicking during turning.

In some cases, the misalignment could be as a result of lack of grease. In other cases, it could be due to total damage of the CVJ. A total replacement is needed to restore the car’s operation.

You should also check the bearing hub. The weight of a turning vehicle is shouldered on the axle hub. When it fails, there is bound to be a clicking sound as it no longer has the capacity to withstand the load. An adjustment is needed in minor cases. But in worst case scenarios, a total replacement is needed.

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4. Loud noise from tires

Tires are not exempted from making noises. A number of reasons can be attributed to tire noises. One of the reasons is overloading. If too much weight is exerted on the tires, they could make noise. Sometimes, the noise is due to compressed air. But these have little consequences

When the tires make uneven contact with the road, some parts begin to wear out out than others, creating an imbalance. 

Rear-car-tire

Over-loading compresses the tires

Wheel alignment is another factor to consider. If you have not done wheel alignment in ages, your tires may not be properly aligned.

The last but not the least reason for tire noises is problematic wheel bearing. This is known to be the most serious among all. It is most pronounced in the course of changing lanes.

The best remedy for tire noises is regular servicing. Having an expert mechanic check your tires often will nip all these issues in the bud.

>>> More car tips and advice is waiting for your visit at Naijauto.com!

Chris Odogwu is a freelance Content Writer and Journalist. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from University of Jos and a master's degree in Mass Communication (Public Relations and Advertising major) from University of Lagos. His works have been published in top local and international publications including Forbes, HuffPost, ThriveGlobal, TheNextScoop and Nigeria360 among others. A member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the thrill he gets from writing about exotic cars feels almost the same as riding in them.

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