When in an optimum condition, a car normally produces soft sounds. However, a knocking sound may be due to inadequate lubrication in the upper cylinder head area or an incorrect air-fuel mixture. The latter could damage your engine’s piston and the cylinder wall. Squealing, on the other hand, could indicate a problem in the alternator, drive belt or pulleys. Squealing, grinding and pulsing from the braking system should also not be ignored. Brake pads can gradually become worn out with use and tend to produce a high-pitched squeal or grinding sound when they are extremely worn. When the brake disc is distorted, your car may give a pulsing sensation in the pedal or the steering wheel may become shaky. Another part of the vehicle that can produce strange noises is the suspension. This is a system of interconnected parts consisting of shocks, struts, sway bars, control arms and trailing arms, among others. If any of these components are worn out, additional stress is placed on the rest of the system making the vehicle produce squeaks or clunks especially when driving on rough terrain.
The safe operation of your vehicle requires adequate amounts of engine oil, power steering fluid, coolant, transmission fluid, and brake fluid. It is best to get your car checked out by a mechanic when you notice any of these fluids dripping as small leaks could turn to bigger leaks that are costly to repair.
Today's cars are designed to monitor their functionality and signal to you when things are not as they should be. For instance, the battery voltage warning may show that there is a problem with an electrical component in the car while the check engine warning can be triggered by problems such as a dysfunctional emissions system. Newer models will also display specific diagnostic codes so stay alert to them and ensure you have your car's manual to hand. In the event you experience any of these problems, it is advisable to find a mechanic and have the problem fixed right away. This will save you exorbitant repair or replacement costs that come about when we ignore car warnings. For peace of mind, contact us at Imperial Tyres.