Don’t Ignore These Car Noises
Owning and driving a vehicle requires a responsibility to ensure car maintenance and repair. Routine maintenance involves routine oil changes, brake work, checking essential oil levels, routine inspection, and replacement of tires and other tasks. Purchasing an automobile is costly, and in order to get the most out of your money auto maintenance is required. Fifth Gear mechanics in our auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX can take care of your automotive needs.
Unfortunately, parts wear out, although maintenance can extend the lifespan of specific components, such as your engine, for example. Repairs are a part of car ownership, and timely repair can often prevent costly damage to other components.
Unusual noises are often a clue that something is wrong. The following are noises you should never ignore:
A Squealing Wheel in Motion
A squealing noise coming from the area of a wheel often may indicate a failing wheel bearing or axle bearing. The noise will typically change with the vehicle speed, and may occur intermittently at various speeds. Never ignore this warning sound as a failed bearing can cause a wheel to lock up or come loose from the car. Our certified mechanics can provide a professional repair of this potentially dangerous condition in our auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX
A Clicking Wheel
A clicking sound from a front wheel in motion can indicate a failing outer constant velocity joint.
Brakes may occasionally make groaning or creaking noises when the pads are damp, and some types of brake pads may squeal or squeak when they are cold. However, the brakes should be relatively quiet when they are applied. If you hear a metallic scraping or grinding noises when braking, it probably means your brake pads are worn, and your vehicle needs brake pads and/or brake shoes. Many brakes are designed to make a squeaking noise as an alert that it is time for a brake job. Don't delay brake work because worn brakes may not be able to stop the vehicle in a safe distance.
In fact, if the brakes are that badly worn, there is a risk the pads may separate from the backing plate, potentially causing brake failure. Metal-to-metal contact from worn pads or shoes is extremely damaging to the rotors, leading to the need for their professional turning or costly replacement. Fifth Gear Automotive mechanics can provide the service you need in our auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX.
A hissing noise from the engine compartment when the engine is hot may mean the engine is overheating and/or coolant is leaking from the cooling system. The temperature gauge or temperature warning light should indicate an overheating engine. Steam from the engine compartment is an additional sign of overheating. Do not continue driving the vehicle as severe overheating can damage the engine.
Pull the vehicle to a safe location off the road, and cautiously open the hood. Steam and a sweet odor indicate coolant is leaking from the cooling system. Look for any evidence of coolant leaking from the engine, radiator, and cooling hoses. Don’t remove the radiator cap as scalding may occur. Furthermore, don’t add coolant until the engine has cooled or engine damage may occur. Having the vehicle towed to Fifth Gear Automotive auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX is the best choice and can help prevent engine damage. Our certified mechanics can identify the problem and provide the needed repair.
Engines producing a metallic tapping or clicking noise may indicate the engine is low on oil, or is failing to produce a normal oil pressure. If oil pressure is low because of a low oil level or due to a problem with the oil pump, the hydraulic lifters that open and close the valves can produce the noise you hear. Shut off the engine, and allow enough time for the oil to run back down into the crankcase, and check the oil level. If low, add oil as required to bring it back up to the full mark, and don’t overfill the crankcase with oil. In addition, inspect for oil leaks around valve covers, the crankshaft case, and underneath the car, or bring your vehicle by our auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX for diagnosis and repair.
If the noise doesn’t stop, and/or the oil pressure gauge or warning light indicates low oil pressure, don’t drive the vehicle. Loss of oil pressure can cause severe damage to the engine. A Fifth Gear mechanic can provide the automotive repair you need in our auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX.
Engines can make a variety of noises, and other engine sounds can indicate problems. When unusual noises occur, trust our mechanics to find and repair the source in our auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX. When the exhaust system has a leak, you’re likely to hear exhaust noise from under the vehicle that is loudest when accelerating. Exhaust gases contain dangerous carbon monoxide gas, and can potentially enter the passenger compartment. Carbon monoxide (CO) is a silent killer, and only requires a small amount inside the passenger compartment to affect your alertness, ability to concentrate and drive safely. Even a small amount can cause dizziness, headaches, nausea, and bring on stupor in two hours. Carbon monoxide at a mere one percent concentration can kill a person in less than three minutes.
If you suspect an exhaust
leak, bring your vehicle in to Fifth Gear Automotive auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX for inspection, and repair, and