The Noises That Signal Trouble For Your Car

One of the worst experiences you could have with your car is encountering mechanical issues that leave you stranded on the side of the road in the middle of the night waiting for a tow. Fortunately, there are tell-tale signs (or should we say sounds) to watch out for that can signal a potential problem.

Unusual sounds coming from your car are red flags that indicate you need to have your vehicle checked out by a professional mechanic. Some problems may be minor and quickly repaired, while others may harder to trace and diagnose. Either way, having an expert investigate something of concern and make repairs will give you the peace of mind you need.

Ominous sounds that may indicate a problem with your car include:

  1. Rattling

Rattling from beneath the car suggests that a system or component, such as the exhaust or suspension, has come loose and needs to be checked by a professional mechanic as soon as possible.

  1. Clunking

There could be any number of reasons for your car to emit clunking sounds: damaged or worn out brake discs, a loose exhaust or suspension, worn out wheel bearings or steering wheel, or a wheel or tyre problem.

  1. Grinding

Grinding sounds arising from the gearbox might indicate a severe problem with the clutch, thrust bearing or the transmission system’s shafts or gears.

  1. Banging or backfiring

We’ve all heard the sound of a car backfiring – it’s like a gunshot, and it’s frightening. It’s even scarier when it’s coming from our car. Backfiring occurs when unburned fuel is released out of the engine and bursts into flame in the tailpipe. The cause could be a leak in the exhaust system or a problem with the catalytic converter.

  1. Spluttering

Spluttering coming from the front of the car may point to trouble with the engine’s fuel, ignition or exhaust systems. A clogged fuel filter, faulty catalytic converter or old spark plugs may be the cause.

If your car is suddenly making noises you’d prefer not to hear, book a service at one of ABS Auto’s conveniently located service centres today. We offer a quality service for all maintenance and repair services.