Here are 5 noises you should be aware of in your vehicle.
Any “hissing” noises coming from your engine may indicate a leak somewhere. There could be an issue with the catalytic converter which can result in the noise. Immediate attention is necessary as a blown engine poses a major safety risk – on top of a major potential repair bill.
“Popping” noises can indicate an issue with the fuel injector, or potential holes in the muffler. In any case, take your vehicle to the mechanic to be ahead of the problem. An unmaintained engine is prone to more damage over time, more fuel consumption, and more future leaks.
A “grinding” noise may not be an issue depending on your vehicle. Manual transmission vehicles tend to grind when you engage the clutch and shift. Automatics will create a jerking and shaking motion as opposed to a grinding noise. A trusted mechanic can take a look at if your transmission needs any adjustments.
“Squealing” can imply an issue with your brakes. It can be a trivial issue such as dirt build up that can be fixed with a simple cleaning. Or it may indicate a more serious concern of worn-out brake pads.
If you are hearing “knocking” noises, it is likely an issue with your ignition. This can result in a bad fuel filter, bad distributor cap and damaged spark plug.
Don’t wait till its too late! Begin having scheduled checkups for your vehicle and stay on top of your vehicle maintenance.