What’s that noise?

Is your vehicle making noises?  Noises can be a telltale sign that something catastrophic may be ahead.  We’re going to outline some common problems and what to listen for to keep you safe and on the road.

Squeals:

-Squeals come in so many varieties when talking about a vehicle, the most common points of failure are brakes or under the hood.  How can you tell the difference?  If you apply your brake pedal and you hear a squeal this could mean that your brake pads are nearly worn out, many manufacturers install “squealers” on the brake pads to alert you when a failure is near.  What should you do?  Check and see if there’s discoloring to your rims – often worn brake pads leave a significant black dust lining on your wheels, have your brake pads checked to make sure you’re safe on the road.  Other issues can be as simple as a rock stuck in the backing plate causing noise or if you were travelling on a dirt road dust on the pads can create a squeal – still a good idea to have it checked out before driving too far.  If your squeal is only when the engine is running and sounds like its under the hood there’s most likely a problem with the accessory drive belt.  Some vehicles require adjustments as your belts wear which means the squeal can be fixed with a simple adjustment.  If there are no adjustments that can be made this may indicate a worn bearing in a component or simply an old belt that needs to be replaced.  Listen to what your vehicle is telling you and make sure it won’t leave you stranded.

Grinding:

-Grinding when you step on the brake pedal means that you’ve gone too far and the brake pads are starting to damage your rotors.  If you hear this book your vehicle in right away!  Other grinding noises can come from worn differential or drivetrain parts, you’ll notice this if its only turning a corner and the grinding shows up.  Wheel bearings are another common cause of grinding, if you hear a grinding from the wheels but your brake pads checked out okay you likely have a worn out bearing.  How do you know?  Test it out in a parking lot – turn sharp in each direction and see if the noise gets worse – if it does this usually means you’ll need to replace a bearing before it wears out completely and get it in right away before it damages the brake caliper bracket or rotor.

Clicking sounds:

-Clicking sounds can be found almost anywhere on a vehicle where there is a bearing or joint.  Common failure points are accessory belt drive pulleys, CV axle shaft joints and Universal joints.  If your vehicle is stiff to steer a certain way this might indicate a worn out CV or Universal joint in the front end.  If its driving straight ahead it could be a joint on the driveshaft.  Once again if you hear a clicking noise it’s a good idea to get it checked out by a professional before something comes apart.

 

If you’re worried about a noise coming from your vehicle stop by CF Diesel and Tire where our professionals will be happy to assist you and make sure you’re safe on the road.  Our hours are 8-5 Monday-Saturday if you want to stop in for a free diagnosis or call us at 778-466-5448 to book an appointment.