Strange Car Noises

Mechanics repairing strange noise in car
If you’re used to the peace and quiet of your morning commute, then strange car noises are an alarming development. And while car grinding and squealing noises might send you into a panic, it’s important to take a moment to listen closely. These strange car noises can be a huge clue while diagnosing problems under the hood. From frayed belts to worn brakes to tire troubles, we’ve assembled a brief guide to point you in the right direction.

Squeaks and Squeals

Notice a high-pitched sound coming from the vehicle? These squeaks and squeals can indicate several problems, so pay attention to when you notice the noise.

  • Belts: If you hear a squeal when you shut down the engine, then your belt may be damaged. You might need a replacement or just a simple readjustment.
  • Brakes: Squealing brakes indicate overly worn brake pads. Be sure to stick to your scheduled maintenance to ensure that your brakes stay in top condition.
  • Bearings: If you hear a whining sound during corners, your wheel bearings may need some work. A fresh set can bring the life back into your vehicle.

Car Grinding and Rumbles

A high-pitched squeal is hard to miss, but sometimes strange car noises are a bit more subtle. See if any of these noises sound familiar!

  • Exhaust and Muffler: Notice a rumble toward the back of the car? This is often an issue with your exhaust system, but it could be the catalytic converter. Best to schedule an appointment to get your car on a hoist immediately!
  • Suspension System: If your car lets out a clunk when you hit a speed bump, it’s time to get that suspension system in line. It might be an issue with the shock absorbers.
  • Tires and Wheels: A rhythmic ticking might mean your tires and wheels need some work. The issue could be anything from low air pressure to an unbalanced set.

Schedule Your Service Today!

If you’re fed up with strange car noises, then schedule your service with Bowman Chevy today. We’re located in Clarkston, near Detroit and Waterford, and we’d be happy to bring your car back to peak performance. Still have questions? Contact us online at any time!

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Why Choose Chevy Certified Service at Bowman Chevy?

Chevy Service Technician Measuring Tire Tread DepthWhen your car needs a repair or routine maintenance, how do you decide where to go? Choosing Chevy Certified Service is one way to take all the headaches out of the process. With highly-trained professionals, Genuine GM parts, and value-oriented pricing, you’re assured that your car is getting the highest quality of care.

Professional, Factory-Trained Technicians

Our Chevy Certified Service team members are absolute experts on your Chevrolet vehicle. Consistent training keeps them abreast of all the most current information and technology advances, so they’re ready to face every challenge. From routine maintenance like oil changes and tire repairs, to collision bodywork and catastrophic engine problems, our service professionals are ready to diagnose and fix your car.

Value-Oriented Pricing

People often decide to go to the auto shop down the street because they think they’re going to get a better deal. You might be surprised to find out that Chevy Certified Service offers Everyday Value Pricing on many of the most common needs, including tires, brakes, oil changes, batteries, and more. So with the Certified Service team, you’re getting dependable, guaranteed service for competitive prices.

Local and Convenient

Because Chevy Certified Service centers are conveniently located at your local dealership, they’re easy to get to and stocked with Genuine GM parts manufactured specifically for your Chevy. Our technicians understand your vehicle, and as you build a service history with us, we’ll have records of your car’s history down to every last detail.

Online Resources

All the information you need about your vehicle is kept in the Chevrolet Owner Center online – owner’s manuals, warranty information, current recalls, how-to videos, and so much more. Tools for finding tires for your vehicle and auto maintenance frequently-asked-questions are easily accessed, so you’ll never be left in the dark about your car.

Bowman Chevy’s Top-Notch Service Team

Your Chevy Certified Service department at Bowman Chevy is ready to make your vehicle’s maintenance and repairs easy and stress-free. Our service team is the best of the best, with all the latest training and a high level of communication skills. If you’re located in Waterford, Lake Orion, or Oakland County, it’s easy to get to our Clarkston location. Stop in and take a look around our huge inventory while you’re there. We can always help with financing questions, too. Make a date with Bowman Chevy’s Certified Service. Contact us today!

2017 Chevy Trax

The 2017 Chevy Trax is a vehicle of sporty, yet sleek proportions. This crossover is large enough to tote around all of your camping gear, your monthly groceries, or your newest furniture find but still small enough to adapt to the active city lifestyle. The design of the interior is contemporary and stylish but also practical and comfortable. The seats come equipped with heat to knock the chill off in our hard Michigan winters. The back row of seats fold down easily to haul large cargo. Easily start your Chevy Trax with a push-to-start button.2017 Chevrolet Trax Small SUV in Green

The Chevy Trax comes equipped with new and innovative technology to make your driving experience more enjoyable. The instrument panel display of the new Trax now shows a gauge cluster that displays an analog speedometer and a Driver Information Center that gives you information regarding all four tires, oil life, fuel range, and more! The 2017 Chevy Trax is easily connected to either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto to meet all of your entertainment and navigation needs. Your new Trax will also have built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi so your mobile devices can seamlessly connect to your vehicle for ease of use.

Turbocharged performance is standard in the new 2017 Chevy Trax. Your vehicle will come equipped with the EcoTec 1.4L turbocharged engine paired with an electronically controlled 6-speed automatic transmission. The fuel economy of the Trax is something to brag about – 33 MPG on the highway and 25 MPG in the city! Enjoy more time in your vehicle and spend less time at the gas pump!

Advanced safety features in your new Trax will keep you and your passengers safe. Forward collision alerts are a continuous monitoring of the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. This feature will alert the driver if they are following a vehicle too closely or if a front-end collision is imminent. Your Trax will also come equipped with a rear vision camera and a rear park assist feature to make driving in reverse a breeze.

Visit Bowman Chevrolet to test drive the 2017 Trax and see all of its new and innovative features!

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What is My Car Worth?

Red car and moneyMany people wonder what their car is worth, especially when they start thinking about trading into a new one. In our service isle, we have a team member, Gary Marriott, who can tell you just that! Gary, a retired GM employee, specializes in giving customers their vehicles’ current value.

What is a vehicle appraisal? An evaluation of the value of your vehicle by taking into consideration the equipment and upgrades on your model, the mileage, and the total condition it is in. Comparable to the popular Kelly Blue Book, our vehicle appraisal software gives the most accurate and competitive price for your trade-in or vehicle resale value. However, our software goes a step further. Our vehicle appraisal software gives you the most accurate price for your vehicle and compares it to similar vehicles in your area, cars at other dealerships or auto auctions. This ensures the price that you are given is not only accurate, but also competitively priced for your area.

When can you have it appraised? A vehicle can be appraised anytime, but it is important to know the value of your car when your current lease is coming to a close, when your car is due for some expensive repairs, or you are simply just ready to upgrade! You may have more equity in your vehicle than you realize and it could be worth more than you owe!

Where can I get this appraisal? Our free vehicle appraisal center is located right in our service isle. You can pull in, no appointment necessary and run through the quick and easy process. An appraisal can be done while you wait for your vehicle to be serviced and enjoy some popcorn in our lounge.

How do I get my vehicle appraised? There is no catch to this process. Gary is not a sales person and there are no sales tactics or gimmicks to having your vehicle appraised. There are no forms to fill out, no credit evaluations or fees, just simply valuable information about your vehicle. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the possible equity of your vehicle with our resident expert before you bring it in, don’t hesitate to contact Gary and find out more! gmarriott@bowmanchevy.com or 248-625-3080.