As our car starts aging and keeps crossing the milestones of distances, like any other mechanism, it tends to complain about the wear and tear of internal components through various kinds of noises. Though not every noise is essentially indicative of a serious issue, some definitely are. These noises start disturbing the cabin atmosphere, while making the driver anxious in a gradual succession. As and when the noises increase, so does increase the probability of malfunctioning of the parts, from where the noise is coming out.
If your car has also started making some weird sound or noise, our article will help you identify the issues, among which some can be perfectly normal, while other deserve more attention.
A team of mechanics serving at the Chevrolet service center explained the most common kinds of car noises and what do they indicate:
Growling Noise from the Engine:
If you hear a growling noise that rises and falls along with engine RPM, it is indicative of a lower level power steering fluid, and the sound comes up as and when the pump of the engine unit craves for lubrication. You can silence this noise simply by topping off the power steering fluid.
Ticking Sound Coming from Under the Hood:
A constant ticking noise coming from under the hood is normal, it is only the sound of the fuel injectors that are working. But if the ticking sound become louder, it can be indicative of the presence of a lifter or a malfunctioning valvetrain. Though a mild noise from the Valvetrain made by itself isn’t the sign of a trouble , but if your car has already crossed 70,000 miles with the lifter making constant noise, it deserves attention.
Groaning Like Noise:
If your car is making a low groaning like noise, it can happen because of the transmission fluid level lying lower than usual, or if the fluid has got excessively contaminated. This is a sound that is indicative of a serious problem that can harm the engine compartment and hence needs to be addressed without any delay.
Clunking Noise from the Brakes:
If while pressing the brakes you are getting a clunking noise, it could be indicative of a damaged caliper or a caliper that got misaligned or has become loose. It could also be the sign of some other brake hardware being loose. This can lead to dangerous consequences. In fact, any sound related to the brakes should never be ignored. You need to get your vehicle immediately diagnosed and follow by the required repair work.
Clicking Sound from the A/C
A clicking sound occurring in every few seconds whenever you turn on the AC is indicative of the fact that the refrigerant level has gone too low. The sound is the effect of the compressor’s clutch that puts the compressor on and off in a cycle that can’t work properly if the refrigerant level goes down and also delivers poor AC performance.
In any or all these cases, the best way to respond to the car noises is to take them to a reputable repair center, says the center head of the Seaside Chevrolet service.