Car noises and sounds in Mesa, AZ

Car Making Strange Noises?

This hilarious YouTube video is something I’ve already shared – but its so good, I want to share it again. And let’s be honest, who couldn’t use a laugh right now?

There is a comedian, Brian Regan (really clean and really funny) who has a great bit about visiting the mechanic. I could write it for you here, but it’s probably better for everyone if you check out this quick funny sketch.

SPOILER ALERT: If you didn’t watch the video the core message is some car noises require a mop cleanup.

Driving a car is inherently noisy, but some noises shouldn’t be ignored. If you notice your car making noise you haven’t heard before, it’s a sign that something could be off. Any car noises that seem unusual or especially loud should be checked out as soon as possible. Know which sounds you should be paying attention to, and what they might mean about the health of your vehicle.

Common Car Noises and What They Mean

When you start to notice a troubling noise coming from your car, it’s helpful to take note of the situation. Does the noise only happen when you turn, accelerate, or apply the brakes? If so, you might be able to conclude that the noise is somehow related to that specific action. Understanding the context and where car noises come from will help you diagnose the problem, fix it, and keep your car working as well as possible.

Squeaking or Whirring When You Make a Turn

If your car makes any kind of unusual sound while you go around corners, it could indicate a problem with your car’s steering mechanics. This is definitely something you want to look into as soon as possible because the ability to control your car is critical to your safety. You might need a ball joint repair or strut replacement, but the solution could also be as simple as adding some lubricant to a place that’s become dry.

Your Engine Hisses or Squeals After You Shut It Off

This is most likely a problem with the pressure cap on your radiator. The rubber gasket may be past its prime, and you should be able to get it replaced without spending too much money. If the sound is more of a squeal than a hiss, the problem could also be from an old serpentine belt that needs replacing.

Your Tires Make a Whirring or Pattering Sound While Driving

Check the air pressure to ensure proper inflation, and look for other signs of wear or damage while you do that. If you can’t see what’s wrong with them, take your car to a mechanic sooner rather than later to inspect your tires for unusual wear.

Your Engine is Ticking or Tapping

This is one of the most important signs every driver should pay attention to. We recommend that you pull over in a safe space as soon as you hear your engine knocking, then turn the car off. After giving the oil several minutes to settle, check the oil level. If it’s too low, you may just need to add more. If the oil level seems fine, have a professional mechanic check your valves.

If the tapping is quiet, you may just be using the wrong type of fuel for your vehicle. If it’s loud, we recommend that you call for roadside assistance and get to a mechanic as soon as possible. While there are many things that could cause a knocking noise, potential problems like a faulty piston could ruin your engine.

Tire Noise

Tires squeal as rubber scrubs off while trying to find traction during braking, cornering, or accelerating. You may hear the same sound even when turning gently. 

Another issue could be a rotational noise that increases the frequency with vehicle speed may not be a tire issue at all, but a possible wheel bearing failure. 

It’s important to have this issue looked at by a professional since it could a quick fix of just tire rotation or a more serious problem

The Brakes Sound Clunky

If your brakes are making a squeaking or screeching noise, the problem could be with your pads and rotors. A trained technician will be able to tell what needs to be repaired or replaced, so get them checked out immediately to keep you, your passengers, and fellow drivers safe.

Other Strange Noises

Sometimes it will be hard to tell where exactly a noise is coming from, which makes it difficult to diagnose. If you can’t determine the exact source of your noise based on this list, we recommend taking your car to a professional. 

Let Us Find and Fix Your Car’s Noises in Gilbert, AZ

We at Highline Car Care have been serving the Gilbert, AZ area for 15 years. Come find us in the Fuller Commercial Center near Cooper Crossing, and we’ll help you get to the root of the problem. We’ll provide a thorough inspection, then give your car the care it needs to run better and last longer.

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