Everyone has done this: You’re merrily driving down the road and you start hearing strange car sounds. You turn down the radio and listen for the sound again. Ignoring the sounds a car makes can have a detrimental effect on it. Best case scenario, something was slightly off and it is an easy fix. Worst case scenario, you need to start taking the bus to work. Here are some sounds that you shouldn’t ignore:
Squealing-This is a common one. These usually come from your brakes. It’s very easy to tell when your brakes are squealing. You need your brakes. Don’t let this one wait. It will cost you in the long run. It’s also possible that squealing can come from a loose belt.
Ticking: Ticking usually happens when you’re running low on oil or your oil is dirty. Either way, go to a shop and get an oil change as soon as you can.
Scraping: A lot of people ignore the annoying scrape sound when their windshield wipers are worn down. This is extremely dangerous and not as benign as many people like to think. Not only does this scratch your windshield, but it decreases your visibility in the rain.
Thumping: Thumping is usually a loose exhaust pipe or a loose pulley. This is a relatively easy fix, but ignoring this can have disastrous consequences.
Rumbling: Rumbling is a sign of a worn wheel-bearing. Again, this is a very easy fix. Ignore it for too long and it can become a much worse problem. As the wheel-bearing continues to get worn down, the rumbling will get a lot louder and rougher. If you let it get bad enough, your wheel could fall off.
Your stomach growls when you’re hungry, you realize this, and you go eat something. Just think of your car as a body. When it starts making those strange car sounds, that means you need to do something about it. You wouldn’t ignore your body, don’t ignore your car.