Cars, unlike humans, are unable to communicate verbally. However, they communicate with their owners through sound.
When a car is running perfectly fine, the driver will enjoy the smooth performance on the road.
However, when something is wrong, an indication will hint to the driver that they need to visit a mechanic right away.
But, it is also important to remember that some old cars make sounds even when everything is alright.
This is why drivers need to understand the sounds and what indication they are giving.
Here are five sounds that you shouldn’t avoid!
1. Hissing or Chirping Engine
If you can hear constant chirping or hissing coming from the engine while you drive, take your car to a mechanic right away. This noise can be caused by worn-out brakes, which may not be able to stop your vehicle at a safe distance if ignored.
2. Squealing or Grinding Brakes
Brakes at times make groaning and grinding and squealing noises when the pads are damp.
3. Exhaust Roars
According to kwit-fit, a chugging sound could mean a blockage in the exhaust system. If you hear rattling under the car, it could mean that the exhaust system has become misaligned. If you can listen to a loud metallic vibration, it usually means that something is touching the exhaust pipe or that a clamp, support bracket or mounting is loose.
4. Rattling Steering Wheel
This happens right when you turn your steering wheel; it could be a bad tie rod end or other ball joints in your steering linkage. Whereas if it happens while driving over a bump, it could be a ball joint connected to your steering knuckle.
5. Tapping from Engine
A car engine makes tapping noises when there could be one of the following issues:
- low oil pressure
- excessive valve lash
- worn or damaged parts.