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Never ignore these sounds, each of them could mean trouble

By Product Expert | Posted in Service, Tips and Tricks on Monday, February 1st, 2021 at 5:55 pm
A stock photo of a frustrated person behind the wheel of their vehicle.

What are the worst sounds a car can make? 

If someone knows what to listen for, their ears can tell them a great deal about the health of their car, truck or SUV. Modern automobiles are more reliable than ever before and the hum of the engine, changes of pitch caused by changing gears or even the sounds of air coming through the ventilation system should all be very predictable – almost to the point of producing the melody of a familiar song. When something starts to go wrong in a vehicle, the first sign of trouble could be a missed note. So, what are the worst sounds a car can make? We asked the professionals at the Meridian Honda Service Department about some things a vehicle owner may hear that should never ignore. Let’s take a closer look, or listen, as it were. 

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Why does my car sound so loud? 

A vehicle that usually hums but suddenly roars is a vehicle that needs some attention. If the roaring sounds like its coming from under the driver’s seat and/or the driver’s seat itself feels like its vibration, this could be a sign there is a problem with the exhausting system. A vehicle’s exhaust system safely carries potentially lethal carbon monoxide away from the engine. Obviously, having this gas leak into the passenger cabin is rather dangerous. 

What causes my brakes to squeal? 

Regardless of all of the innovative safety systems available across the automotive industry, a healthy and properly functioning braking system is the best way to keep people safe. In fact, brakes are so important that they are specifically designed to let drivers know when it’s time to have them replaced. If you hear a squealing sound when you step on the brakes, the indicator tab is rubbing on the rotor. Do not ignore this important warning sign. Schedule an appointment with a qualified service center immediately.  

Why does it sound like my car is struggling to start? 

Your vehicle may be powered by an internal combustion engine, but that engine is all but useless without an electric starter motor. That starter motor is powered by a battery. If you turn the key and you hear a low and repeating whirring, that is likely the sign of a dying battery. Batteries are fairly inexpensive and easy to replace. Obviously, our service department can help you quickly but this is something that you could pretty easily do at home. 

If you find that your vehicle playing a new song (making a sound you’ve never heard before), please make a service appointment at Meridian Honda today. 

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Caring and professional work. The people were friendly. Would recommend to everyone. I have always had a very good experience.
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Welcome to Meridian Honda in Meridian, MS

Honda has become the most-trusted brand in America. Meridian Honda seeks to follow this example and become the most-trusted dealership in the Meridian area. From our sales team, to our service department and body shop, we want our customers from the past, present and future to be confident knowing they will receive the highest level of care and respect when they visit Meridian Honda.

Our team at Meridian Honda is excited to get to know each of our customers on a personal level. At Meridian Honda, you will be able to browse an extensive selection of Honda cars, trucks, SUV's, vans and crossovers. This includes all of the headliners from the Honda model lineup, such as the Accord, Civic, CR-V and Pilot. In addition to our inventory of new vehicles, Meridian Honda is home to many top-quality pre-owned models from Honda and other brands. Take a look around our website to learn more about everything we have to offer at Meridian Honda. We look forward to your visit!