So Your Car is Making a Strange Noise?

August 27th, 2013 by

car maintenance at Cox MazdaYou probably spend enough time in your car to know when something isn’t quite right. Your sense of hearing is one of the best ways to tell there might be something wrong with your car. If you hear something out of the ordinary, we encourage you to make an appointment with the team a Cox Mazda. Thanks to personalized service and a strong attention to detail, we continue to be one of the best service shops around.

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Noises to Listen for

That strange noise in your car is trying to tell you something. You’re probably not a mechanic, though, so you’re not quite sure what it is. Here are a few common noises and their typically associated problems:

  • When you put on the brakes, you hear a loud squealing: your brake pads may be crystallized, worn out, or simply have debris on them. Like a pencil’s eraser, your brake pads wear down over time and need to be replaced. Making sure the technician gets a quick peak at your brake pads when you’re in the shop is a great way to catch this before it’s a problem.
  • You hear a grinding noise when you hit the brakes: this is a good sign your metal brake calipers are probably rubbing on the wheel rotors. If this is the case, it means your brake pads have worn all the way through. This is another good reason to follow up with brake pad checks.
  • When you hit the accelerator, you hear a loud roar: there most likely is a hole in your muffler or somewhere in your exhaust system.
  • A grinding noise from one of the wheels: you need a mechanic to check out your wheel bearings. They are either on their way out or completely shot.
  • Grinding when you hear gears shift: if you drive a manual car, you might want to get your clutch checked out. Another good sign something is wrong with the clutch is if you experience sudden decreases in speed.