What’s That Sound? Common Car Noises And What They Mean

Common Car Noises

As a car owner, it is important to listen for certain car noises while driving. Over the course of your vehicle’s life, it will inevitably encounter issues that need to be addressed for your safety, and the noises your vehicle makes are often the first warning sign. Here are some common car noises and what they mean.

  • Squealing from tires when braking: This indicates that your brake pads have likely worn down and need to be replaced. This isn’t an urgent issue but should be followed up on in a reasonable amount of time.
  • A rumbling sound beneath the driver’s seat: This sound could indicate a crack or leak in the manifold of your vehicle’s exhaust system. While the uncomfortable shaking seat may be manageable, the issue could also mean carbon monoxide is leaking into the cabin, so roll down the windows and get it checked out right away.
  • Squeaking when turning the wheel: There is likely an issue with your power-steering system—typically the issue is that your vehicle is running low on power-steering fluid.
  • Squealing from under the hood: Noises from under the hood are never good. This specific squeal typically means your serpentine belt is loose or worn. This belt powers several crucial systems in your vehicle, so replacing quickly is paramount.

Whenever your car makes funny noises, smells, or shakes, contact the service team at Buff Whelan Chevrolet. We’ll be happy to take a look at it for you.