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What’s That Strange
Noise? Common Noises and What They Mean
ever happened to you or someone you know? You’re taking your
special date out for a night on the town, as you pick her up and
start driving toward your destination; you suddenly hear a clunking
noise. You immediately turn up the radio and hope that she doesn’t
hear it. However, the faster you drive the noisier the sound
becomes. Your car begins to vibrate and your beloved finally says,
“Hey honey, do you think that here is something wrong with your
car?” You look at her and say, “Hmmm…I don’t know I better
take it to the shop tomorrow.” She hums to her self and thinks,
“He sure isn’t handy. I wonder if he can fix anything” Well,
if you had known a little about noises, you might have been able to
earn some real handy man brownie points and impress your date
easily. In this article, we will discuss some common sounds and
problems associated with each one.
of noise could be caused from a worn brake pad wear rubbing on the
rotors. On the other hand, a rock might also be caught in the rotor.
Good idea to check both.
Chirp, Squeak or
notice the noise when your car first starts or when you use an
accessory you may have a loose, glazed or slipping fanbelt.
Noise When Accelerating?
you might have a broken engine strap or mount.
Exhaust Noises When
Engine Rocks Back and Forth?
of noise could indicate that you have a leaking exhaust doughnut.
Knocking or Clicking
you’re hearing the noise at speeds over 50 m.p.h, you might damage
to your inner CV joint
you’re hearing the noise at lower speeds, especially on turns, you
might have damage to your wheel bearings. In contrast, if you her a
similar noise but don’t hear it when you turn you might need to
check your driveshaft center bearing instead of your wheel bearing.
experience vibrations while traveling at speeds 45 and over, you
might have a driveshaft imbalance.
you’re hearing a rattling noise, your timing belts might be loose.
If the belt strikes the belt housing, it rattles or knocks. In
addition, if you hear a clunking, ratting, or buzzing noise, your
exhaust systems might be poorly installed.
hear this type of noise, you might have a loose timing belt.
your pulleys, broken brackets for the alternator, A/C compressor or
power steering pump cause underhood engine noise might be
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Clear, Black, or Green. What does it all mean?
Grade of Gasoline to Use? -Regular, Mid-Grade, or
Premium. How do you decide?
What To Do If Your Brakes Fail -you're driving down the
road and the brakes fail. 5 tips.
a Good Mechanic Doesn't Have to Give You a Headache -part
3 in a series.
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