When your vehicle starts making scary sounds, turn to the expert auto mechanics at Autotrend Diagnostics in Campbell for all of your auto repair needs. All cars make noise, but the important thing is to be able to hear a sound and know whether or not it is an urgent cause for concern or not. Here we have a chance to talk about some of the scariest sounds we’ve heard, what they mean, and what should be checked or done next in order to avoid any other major issues.
The Sound of Squealing Brakes
We’ve all heard a car, whether it's our own or someone else’s, that’s made that screeching sound we all cringe at. It’s quite unsettling due to its high pitch, but generally, it is not a cause for immediate concern. The sound is caused by the brake pad indicator rubbing against the brake rotor. The indicator is there precisely to tell you that your brake pad has worn down and it is now time to replace. The next step you’ll want to do is in a timely matter to go and get yourself an appointment to get your brake pads replaced before things truly go from squeal to scream.
If your steering wheel is deciding to chat with you when you use it, this is a cause for concern! Your steering wheel should quietly turn from left to right, and if it doesn’t, a couple of things need to be considered. A light squeak could simply mean that you’re low on power-steering fluid, but if the squeaking continues after fluid replacement, it could mean you have a leak in your power-steering leads. If that is the case, taking your car into the shop is your next step, but start with replacement and go from there.
Worse than a Squeak
Now, power-steering can also have an issue with more than just being low or having a leak. A very loud groan that continues can be an indicator there is some friction in your power-steering. This could mean that your power-steering pump is about to go out, and this could mean very dangerous conditions, especially in foul weather. If you continue to drive with a failing pump, you are putting your whole system at risk and it is important that you schedule an appointment with a mechanic. While you’re waiting for that appointment, be careful while driving and do not take sharp or sudden turns to make sure you keep you and your vehicle safe.
Metal on metal grinding sounds are never a good thing when operating a several ton machine or vehicle, and it is important to treat it as much of a concern as it is. This sound is an indicator that you have neglected the squealing sounds of your breaks and have worn past the indicator, the last of your brake’s pads, and now your brakes are grinding directly onto the brake rotor.
At this point, it is critical to go get your vehicle seen. Statistics show that nearly 25% of crashes are related to poor brake maintenance. Make sure you don’t ignore the less serious sounds so that you don’t have to deal with a more expensive repair or even an accident. Schedule an appointment for service or contact us online for an appointment with the auto mechanics at Autotrend Diagnostics for top-notch service and repair.