In most cases, the sounds we hear when traveling down the road are normal. However, not all of them are good. When you hear strange noises from your car, that's an indication that you need to consult a professional mechanic. Ignoring the problem will only result in more significant issues.

Here are some of the car sounds you need to watch out for.

Squeaky Brakes

Brakes are critical parts of your car. Therefore, ensuring they are in good working condition at all times is imperative. It's normal for car brakes to make noises depending on driving conditions. If the sound is brief, you may not need to worry about it. However, if they are loud and occur frequently, you need to consult an expert, as this could indicate that your brake pads are wearing thin and need replacement.

Engine Rattling

If you notice an engine rattling issue, consider checking the transmission fluid level. Another cause to consider when hearing engine rattling sounds is pre-ignition or pre-detonation. This is where ignition happens before the piston reaches the top of its stroke, resulting in overall poor ignition timing that can damage other components like the pistons, valves and connecting rods.

Engine Clicking

Engine clicking sounds should be addressed as soon as possible to ensure the dependability of your vehicle. If the engine oil is below the recommended level, the valve train lacks proper lubrication, producing a clicking sound. Be sure to check the engine dipstick to see if the oil level is low. If it is low, add oil to restore it to the recommended levels. A persisting clicking sound, however, indicates the need for professional diagnosis.

Knocking from Under the Hood

Nothing could be worse than driving home and hearing a knocking sound from under the hood of your automobile. If you notice the problem, ensure you contact a professional mechanic immediately. The noise could be due to serious issues with connecting rods, valves, and pistons.

Engine Squealing

When you start your car engine and fire it up, you may hear a loud squeal, and it gets louder when accelerating. Failing or worn serpentine belts are some of the most common causes of squealing sounds. The belt is involved in driving many engine accessories, including the alternator and power steering pump.

At our Cadillac dealership, you will find a team that strives to meet your automotive needs. When you hear any strange sounds coming from your car, contact or visit our service center in Kansas City, MO, so our trained technicians can properly identify the issue and service your vehicle appropriately.


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