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Common Vehicle Sounds That Indicate Trouble

When it comes to driving, being aware of your vehicle's sounds is critical for avoiding trouble on the road. A well-tuned engine should be relatively quiet, with only little hums and buzzes.
However, if you start hearing strange noises from your car or truck, it's essential to take notice and investigate what could be causing them. Let's look at some of the most common vehicle sounds indicators of potential trouble.

Growling, Grinding, or Squealing Sounds

One of the most obvious signs is a growling, grinding, or squealing noise from your engine. This could indicate an issue with your car's belts and pulleys, or your water pump could fail.

Rattling Sounds

Another sound you should be aware of is a rattling noise from underneath the hood. This can indicate that something loose inside the engine compartment needs to be fixed.

Clicking Noises

A clicking noise while driving could mean your engine struggles to turn over. This can be caused by various underlying issues, such as worn-out spark plugs, fuel injectors, or even low oil levels.

Hissing Sounds

If you hear a hissing sound from underneath the hood, there is likely an issue with your car's many hoses or pipes. In some cases, it could just be a loose hose, but oftentimes it indicates a much bigger problem like a cracked head gasket or a broken exhaust pipe.

Knocking Sounds

Another sound to be aware of is a knocking noise that could indicate an issue with your car's piston rings or valve stems. This type of problem needs to be addressed as soon as possible to prevent further damage and ensure the safety and longevity of your vehicle.

DRIVE AutoCare Can Help You Stay Safe on the Road

By understanding the typical vehicle sounds that indicate trouble, you can proactively diagnose and address any issues before they become serious problems. If your car or truck is making strange noises, bring it to DRIVE AutoCare, so we can take a look. Our experienced technicians will quickly diagnose and fix any issues you may have.


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