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6 Engine Noises That Need Immediate Attention

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When cars make a funny noise, it could mean that something far from funny is happening. Here are six engine noises to keep an ear out for and when you should seek help from a mechanic. 

Screeching while turning

If you hear a screeching noise when you make turns in your car, it could be something serious. Most often, cars screeching when turning happens when a steering component needs more lubrication. Cars can also squeak when turning due to having low power steering fluid, the steering wheel hitting against interiors, and problems outdoors that you can’t control. If you hear a screeching sound when turning, but only on a certain street, it could be the type of road you’re driving on.

Clunking when braking

If you hear a “thud” noise when braking, it’s most likely caused by an issue with loose bolts. According to Subaru, clunking noises mean you need to see if your bolts are tightened. They go on to suggest that if the problem persists, it could be due loose calipers, shock absorbers, velocity joints, or more. If you’re having a problem with the brakes on your car, it’s important to get it checked out so you can continue driving safely.

Sizzling under the hood

If you hear sizzling under the hood, it means you have a leak. It could be oil leaking, coolant leaking, or something else. When the engine has been running and is hot, anything that leaks onto it will sizzle. If you hear this sound immediately after turning your car off, there’s more than likely a leak you should be concerned about.

Squealing when braking

A squealing sound when braking can be caused by different problems. Sometimes, it’s nothing serious and just happens first thing in the morning or after inclement weather. However, sometimes squealing can happen when you need new brake pads, cleaning, adjustment, or sometimes new parts altogether.

Roaring with acceleration

Sometimes when you hear roaring while accelerating, it can be due to a loose belt or misalignment of parts. If you notice the roaring sound when driving at higher speeds, it could be due to the transmission or clutch, which are much more serious problems. If you’re not sure what’s causing the roaring sound, contact the shop.

Loud bang while driving

A loud bang while driving can be. Caused by engine backfires or issues with the catalytic converter. When the engine receives more fuel than it needs, sometimes caused by dirty air filter, there can be a higher proportion of fuel versus the air. CarBibles explains that this can also be caused by delayed engine timing, a cracked distributor cap, or a carbon track that forms between spark plugs.

When in Doubt, Seek Help

If your car is making funny sounds, you should figure out the cause quickly. If you let the problem persist, you could risk causing long-term damage to your vehicle. It’s also important to be sure you know exactly what’s causing the sound. Much like treating health issues, it’s important to treat the root cause rather than just mask the symptoms. If you are having car troubles, call Scott’s Auto. With our two convenient locations in Fort Collins and Loveland, we’re here to take care of your auto needs. Call today to set an appointment: (970)-682-4202.

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