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
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.