Last week, we began our investigation into some of the sounds that might mean your noisy car is more than just noisy. Here is part two of our series on the things that your noisy car might be trying to tell you.
A Squealing Sound
If your noisy car is squealing and the sound is originating from under the hood, it’s a sign that your serpentine belt is either loose or worn out. The serpentine belt is the magical piece of equipment that connects and powers every major system in your car. A serpentine belt will start to make a squealing sound when it is going to break soon. If you get to the point where your serpentine belt actually snaps, your car will not be able to work.
A Grumpy Growl
When you start your engine up, do you hear a noise that sounds like several short huffs? This noisy car sound is a sign that your battery is slowly dying and having a greater deal of trouble starting up the engine. While this isn’t an urgent concern that will put you in harm’s way, it is something that will definitely cause an annoyance when your car does not start. Schedule a visit to the mechanic and have your battery swapped out so that your noisy car will quiet down and you will have increased peace of mind.
A Loud Yawn
What noise do you hear when you turn the steering wheel? If the noise is groaning, whining, or yawning, something is not quite right with your power steering system. The power steering system can cause a noisy car or feel stiff and slow when you turn it. It’s important to have potential power steering problems checked out quickly, as the problem will continue to get worse over time. You will eventually be unable to properly use the steering system in your car and do more damage to the rest of the system.
Do you hear a flapping sound when you turn on your air conditioning system or heating system in the morning? This is not a particularly worrisome sound, as it is simply a sign that your ventilation flap is worn and flapping whenever air flows through it. While the sound might drive you crazy in your noisy car, there is not any bigger problem.
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