What's that Noise? Identifying the Strange Sounds Your Car Might Make.

One of the easiest ways to tell if you have an automotive problem is to simply listen to your car. Any time you hear a strange noise, it could mean that there is an issue worth getting looked at by a professional mechanic. Some sounds are common and represent minor concerns. Meanwhile, other sounds are signs that there is something seriously wrong.

Here are some of the common noises you might hear (and what they might mean) according to the Fairbanks auto repair specialists at Simard Automotive:

1. Engine Squealing

This is something you'll probably notice right when you turn on the car. The sound may persist as you drive or it might slowly go away as the vehicle warms up. This is usually one of the belts (timing belt, fan belt, etc.) that may need to be adjusted or replaced, but persistent noises coming from the engine may mean there is something else that you should get checked out sooner rather than later.

2. Brakes Screeching

There are all different types of noises that your brakes can make. Most common would be a screeching sound or a squeal that may be noticeable as you accelerate or especially when you press on the brake pedal. It likely means you need to replace your brake pads, but there could be a problem with one or more of the brake rotors or calipers that's causing such an unpleasant sound. 

3. Transmission Grinding and Clunking

The sound of grinding gears is pretty unmistakable, especially if you drive a manual transmission vehicle. If you hear gears grinding in an automatic transmission, that's surely cause for concern. If they grind or slip persistently in any vehicle, that is also something you'll want to address. If you ever hear or feel a loud clunk coming from the vehicle, this is another sign that there is a major transmission problem.

4. Exhaust Rattles and Vibrations

When you have a failing catalytic converter or some other exhaust system problem, your nose may tell you because you might smell those exhaust fumes more prominently than usual. Your ears might also indicate potential problems as rattling sounds and vibrations are commonly associated with exhaust system issues

These are just some of the unusual noises you might hear coming from your car. The truth is that odd sounds can come from just about any part or system if something isn't working right. Any time you hear, see or feel something weird (especially if you notice it every time you get in your vehicle), you don't want to take chances. If you are in the Fairbanks area, you can bring your car into Simard Automotive for a professional inspection. Our experienced auto repair technicians will uncover the source of the sounds and recommend the necessary repairs if any are needed.

Don't let an annoying sound develop into something much worse. Call Simard Automotive today at (855) 690-0889 (Aeronca Avenue shop) or (855) 639-5001 (Gaffney Road shop). Or, you can also schedule your service appointment online.

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