Never ignore these unusual car noises!


Unusual car noises give signals that some part of your car is faulty. If you ignore those sounds, the cost of maintenance might add up and become your burden. Do inspect your car carefully when those noises happen.

Cars are normally sound producing machines no matter the sound is the low hum of a 2019 Camry or the guttural roar of a Ferrari 350 spider. However, there are good and bad sounds from a vehicle.  When your car produces a strange sound, do yourself a favor and check it out as soon as possible.

The sound a car makes tells you so much about the condition of the car. Most car owners understand the importance of taking action whenever their cars sound different, but many, instead, choose to ignore it until the issue escalates to a huge problem that requires expensive repairs.

Below are unusual car noises that spell coming disaster and that you shouldn’t ignore in your car!

1. Ticking or tapping in the engine

 If you happen to notice any ticking or tapping in your car engine then it has to do with the engine oil.  You either need to change it or it could be low. There may also be a need for an oil pump replacement.  Engine oil plays so many critical roles in the full functioning of the engine and neglecting to make sure it stays at the right level could result in an engine breakdown.


A strange noise almost always means something wrong

 2. Knocking or clanging sound in the engine

This may mean a lot of things; it could be adulterated fuel or a carbon deposit on the cylinder walls of your car. Contaminated air in the fuel mixture can also be a major contributor or even using the wrong or lower fuel grade causes this too. This is why it’s advisable to read up on your car manual, so as to understand the things that need to be done.

3.  Clicking engine noise

This may have something to do with your car valve train; the lifters of the valve might have shrunken or likely needs some adjusting. It could also mean that there is a possible obstruction due to crud in the system. It may also signal low engine oil level or loss of oil in the pressure system. If you get this noise in the system when you turn the ignition and your car refuses to start, then it could be because the wiring of the starter is unfastened or your battery is dead.


An engine is the source of power, and sounds issuing from here are serious

4. Getting a low-pitch purring or humming underneath the car

When you notice this sound, then there could be an issue or change in your car acceleration. It may also mean that your transmission may need lubrication. Also, check out the universal joints as they might be whacked or the transmission is failing. The key point is paying good attention to it as late action might incur unnecessary spending.

5. Experiencing a high-pitch sound from the brake

Even a squealing noise sound shouldn’t be ignored. This shows that there is an issue with the brake and you shouldn’t feel reluctant to check it out. The sound may go away when you hit the brakes but you shouldn’t trust all is fine. If you notice a sound that isn’t so high in pitch, then you shouldn’t also ignore it. This could be the onset of the issue and there is every chance that it will increase.

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6. Noticing a grinding or growling noise from your car brakes

Car brakes are supposed to be quiet, therefore a sound like this should give you cause for concern. The common source of this sound would be the brake pads that may be worn out and grinding into the rotor. A damp brake pad can also cause this sound when you are slowing down.


Check your brakes when you hear squealing, grinding or other unwelcome sounds from there

7. Hearing a squeaking noise when braking

If you experience squealing or pips when applying the brakes then this means that bare metal is rubbing against another bare metal. This is causing the brake pad to blast and if you continue to apply the brake without looking for a solution, the brake pedal will keep on destroying one rotor. It can also indicate poor installation of the brake pads.

8. Noticing a squealing and roaring sound in the acceleration

This sound increases the likelihood that the drive belt is quite faulty. It may be loose or slipping and should be observed and should be replaced. This could also mean that the drive pulley for a fixture like the water pump has become loose or has slipped or is faulty. However, a roaring sound means a faulty exhaust system or transmission.

9.  Loud thud

If you hear a loud sound from your car, its meaning can be confusing oftentimes. However, it pretty much has to do with the air-fuel mixture. It could also indicate that there is an issue with the catalytic converter and requires fixing immediately.

10. Getting a creaking, whining or squealing noise

Once your car releases these sounds, there could be a mixture of many different issues. Nevertheless, it could be that your steering-suspension is defective and requires immediate attention. While giving it that attention, don’t forget to check up on other internal structures of the car.

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If your ride gives a series of noises that seem confusing and it is difficult to pinpoint the issue, it’s best you visit your trusted mechanic to help get a fix on the cause and also to effect repairs. Remember to never ignore these unusual car noises, you may just be saving your car or even your life.

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