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!

Help Me Rhonda

Help me RhondaHave you met our Service Director Rhonda? Chances are if you have visited our awesome service department you’ve met her… she runs the place! Did you know we have over 40 people in our service department – parts, body shop, advisors, cashiers, dudes that drive and wash the cars, and of course certified technicians. I bet you think that sounds like a lot of people – you bet, but Rhonda runs that team with ease. And, that doesn’t even include the customers and cars that come in that need care and looking after.

This month we are starting a new “Help Me Rhonda” section of our newsletters, blogs and even occasional Facebook posts. Rhonda is going to share some great insights to getting cars serviced and the “in/outs” of the crack service department she runs so well. So, if you haven’t met Rhonda, stop by Bowman Chevrolet and say hi – and watch for our new “Help Me Rhonda” blog. If you have any specific questions for Rhonda send them to us at info@bowmanchevy.com or comment below and she may even feature your question.

See ya in the service aisle!

Since 2008, Rhonda Jensen has been the Bowman Chevrolet Service Director and has over 14 years experience as a Service Manager.