Are you the type of person that takes your car to the mechanic as soon as you hear a noise, or are you the type of person that waits until the last possible moment to have the problem diagnosed and repaired? If you are the latter, you could be paying far more for your repairs than you should.
The reason is that repairs can often be fairly minor at the first sign of a noise. It’s when you ignore what your vehicle is trying to tell you and wait that you can actually be causing more damage and, in turn, more costly repairs. It is not normal for a vehicle to make noise other than the typical sound of an engine running. Here is what your car may be telling you if you hear:
Don’t be embarrassed if you have passengers in the car and hear a loud squealing from your brakes. Instead, head to a mechanic at your earliest convenience and have your brakes checked out. There could be a number of causes to the squealing that can be easily fixed. Your pads or shoes may be worn down, the calipers could have been mounted improperly or other parts may have worn out. If you ignore the problem, you could eventually cause the parts to erode away completely or, worse, fall off.
This is a sound that you don’t want to ignore for a minute more than absolutely necessary. A hissing sound from the engine indicates trouble. Your engine may be overheating, your exhaust system could be plugged, or there may be a leaking vacuum. In any case, when your engine hisses, it is telling you that it needs to be checked out. If you ignore the problem, you could ruin your engine completely, which will cost thousands in repairs.
If you have a manual transmission, you may hear or feel a grinding when you engage the clutch and switch gears (and not just when you accidentally miss the gear). If you have an automatic transmission, you may hear a grinding or feel a jerk and shake when the car switches gears. No matter which type of transmission you have, these things are not normal. A licensed mechanic can tell you if a simple adjustment needs to be made or your whole transmission needs to be replaced.
Your vehicle shouldn’t make popping noises. Ever. If you hear a pop regularly, it may indicate that you have a hole in your exhaust or a leak in your fuel injector. The problem with your car could be major or minor, but you won’t know until you take it to a mechanic. If you ignore the noise, you will cause more damage to at least one part of your car but maybe more.
You know the sound your car makes when you hit the gas. You can hear the power in the engine as your car gains speed. That noise is normal. A whirring noise is not. It can be a difficult noise to detect at times, but it sounds as though your engine is struggling to do its job. If your car is whining when you ask it to perform, you may have worn universal joints or a more serious engine problem. Take your car to a mechanic and find out what’s wrong.
This is a common problem and perhaps the least expensive if you take care of it quickly. You shouldn’t hear much noise when your windshield wipers are working, especially in newer models. If you hear a scraping sound, it indicates that your blades are worn, ripped or missing. Head to your local auto parts store, by a set of replacement blades and get them on. It’s an easy and cheap fix. If you ignore the problem, you could eventually scratch your windshield, which will cost hundreds more to repair. Moreover, you could be driving blind during heavy rain, which could easily lead to an accident.
You certainly don’t want to panic and end up paying for a diagnostic check when you don’t need to. You also don’t want to ignore problems for fear of costly repairs. If you hear a noise once and don’t hear it again, you are probably okay. If you hear a noise more than once or the noise repeats itself under similar circumstances, you will want to get it checked out. Ignoring your car could very well lead to an accident. Of course, it’s always a good idea to have a thorough car inspection performed every time you get your oil changed. Many shops offer them for free with an oil change, and it could reveal hidden but serious problems.
If you do happen to be involved in an accident in West Palm Beach and the other driver is found to be at fault, you have legal rights to compensation for injuries and property damage. Reach out to our team of experienced accident attorneys today for a free case evaluation. We will listen to your case and advise you of your legal rights.