Squeak Speak: Decoding Your Car's Cries for Help

by AutoExpert   |  30 January, 2024

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You’re driving, all is fine, and suddenly… squeeeeak! You ignore it, turn the music louder, but here it goes again! Don’t ignore that squeaky sound, it might be a sign that something is off with your car and it needs some TLC. 

Let’s see what that squeaky sound might be translated into:

Decoding Your Car

• Brakes: If your brakes are squealing, especially when you slow down, they might be telling you they need a check-up. Could be they're worn out or just a bit rusty. It's like your car is politely asking for new shoes.

• Suspension: Think of this as your car's comfy chair. It's got a bunch of parts that need to stay greasy to be happy. If they dry out, they'll start chatting away with squeaks.
And what about when you start your car or step on the gas?

• Belts: That high-pitched squeal might be a belt throwing a tantrum. It's usually the fan belt crying out for a replacement. It's like your car's way of saying, "Hey, I need a new accessory!"

Decoding Your Car

What's Up with the Squeaks When Turning?

Turning your car and hearing a squeak? Here's what might be happening:

• Steering: If your car sounds like it's whining when you turn, it could be low on power steering fluid. It's kind of like your car asking for a drink.

• Interior Trim: New cars sometimes have a little tiff between the plastic parts, especially in the heat. It's like the car's parts are getting to know each other.

• Suspension (again!): If your car sounds like an old creaky door when turning, it could be the suspension joints gossiping due to wear and tear or lack of lubrication.

• Tires: Sometimes it's just the road making your tires chatter. But if it's not the road's fault, your tires might be hinting they need some air, a new tread, or a little alignment.

Decoding Your Car

Quick Q&A Corner

• Should I fix every squeak? Yeah, mostly. It's not just about the noise; it's about keeping your car happy and safe. The only exception? Tires on certain smooth roads or new brakes just settling in.

• What's the deal with fixing squeaky power steering or suspension? It depends. Costs can vary, but getting it checked sooner rather than later is always a good idea.

• Does a squeaky car upset my insurance? It might. Insurers like cars to be well-maintained. If your car is squeaky during an inspection, it might not be a good look.

Decoding Your Car

Next time you hear a squeak from your car, don't ignore it. It might be your car's way of asking for some attention. Safe travels!
 

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