We may all be guilty of driving our cars when we know they need to be taken in for maintenance, there are a few noises Geico has identified that you aren’t going to want to ignore. Why? Not only could these indicate that something is really wrong with your vehicle, but it could lead to you being placed a compromising situation. And that is not something any of us want to happen. So, below we explain what these seven noises are and what they could potentially mean.
- You hear something that sounds like a coin in a clothes dryer.
In the event you hear something rattling around inside a wheel at low speeds and then it seems to stop when you drive faster, it might mean you have a loose lug nut inside a hubcap. This could be an indicator that your wheel wasn’t tightened properly the last time it was removed and replaced.
- Your brakes are squealing, grinding, or growling.
If your brakes are giving off a squealing noise, it might mean they are getting close to the end of their service life and need to be replaced. However, if they are grinding or growling, this might be a clear sign that you need to take your vehicle in for service ASAP. Grinding or growling brakes might mean that metal is touching metal and could affect your ability to brake on time. And without sufficient brakes, you risk rear-ending the car in front of you or having the ability to stop causing you to run your vehicle off the roadway to avoid an accident.
- When you turn your vehicle, you hear a finger-snapping, popping, or clicking sound.
If you have a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle, this sound might mean that “one or both of the constant velocity (CV) joints on your front axle could need replacing.”
- A rhythmic squeak that seems to speed up when you accelerate.
In the event you have rear-wheel or four-wheel drive and you hear this sound, it might mean the universal joint (U-joint), which is a component of the driveshaft needs to be checked. Not sure what a U-joint is? Take your vehicle to a reputable mechanic who can tell you what this is and if it needs replacing.
- Your car howls, whines, or sings.
This might be an indicator that your bearings, which are tiny metal balls that help parts rotate smoothly, aren’t working properly.
- You hear a rhythmic clunking, tapping, or banging sound coming from under the hood.
You may have a serious problem with valves, connecting rods or pistons.
- You hear a squealing sound under your hood when you accelerate your vehicle.
This might mean you have worn or loose accessory belts or an issue with the serpentine belt. Although this might be an easy fix, the longer you leave it unaddressed, the worse it could become.
Rather than risk having car trouble on the highway or in the middle of high-speed traffic, get your vehicle checked immediately if you are hearing one of the sounds mentioned above or something different.
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