Engine Noises That Require Immediate Attention!

Engine Noise

If your car or engine is making unusual noises, don't turn up your radio to drown them out. Some engine noises can indicate a serious problem that should be professionally serviced as soon as possible.

Squealing

When driving, it can be difficult to tell if the noise is coming directly from your engine compartment or somewhere else. Squealing in the engine compartment might mean that a belt or pulley is loose or worn. Since belts drive several important functions, sudden failure could render your vehicle undrivable. If the squealing sound happens when you step on the brakes, then it's a sign that your brakes are worn. Brake squeal is usually the result of indicators put in by the manufacturer. If you ignore this indicator, your brake components will eventually be in hard contact with each other, which can cause expensive damage.

Ticking

A ticking or knocking sound coming from your engine often means that your oil level is low or that the engine isn't maintaining adequate oil pressure. The first step is to stop your car and wait for a few minutes, and then check the oil. If the level is low, add as much as necessary. If the sound still doesn't go away, this likely indicates low oil pressure, and you should not drive it any further.

Clunk or Click When Turning

If you hear clunking sounds or a very loud clicking that occurs when you turn, this indicates suspension problems. The latter specifically may indicate a worn CV joint. Get it checked out before it causes further damage to your axles or other suspension parts.

Hissing

Defogging

Hissing sounds from your engine while driving or even when you turn off the engine could indicate a problem with the hoses connected to your radiator. Check your temperature gauge to see if it's overheating. Steam coming from your engine is an even more critical sign. Don't drive on an overheating engine.

Call or visit our dealership today and talk to our helpful service department if you need to find out about any mysterious car or engine noises.

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