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WHAT IS THAT STRANGE SOUND COMING FROM MY CAR?

Your vehicle is equipped with many, many sensors and microprocessors that are routinely monitoring your car’s operational capabilities. This includes sensors that would trigger dashboard indicator lights such as the check engine light if a problem is detected. However, these sensors aren’t foolproof and there are issues that are more easily diagnosed using your own senses, particularly your hearing. Weird noises coming from your car are a clear indicator that there is trouble onboard. The following are just a few of the common sounds of trouble that may be produced by your car if it is having trouble operating.

Rumbling engine

Does your car’s engine sound much louder than it used to? Is it particularly loud during rapid acceleration? This if often a sign of an exhaust leak. This noise may be accompanied by heavily decreased fuel efficiency or a vibrating gas pedal or steering wheel, if the leak is bad enough.

Screeching when braking

Does it sound like your car is screaming bloody murder when you hit the brakes. The best explanation for this is that your car’s brake pads are heavily worn out and are due for replacement. If your brakes are worn thin it means that metal is grinding on metal, which greatly reduces your car’s stopping abilities.

Grinding during shifting

Grinding, whirring or whining that occurs as your car’s transmission shifts is an easy indicator or tranny trouble. These noises can come from an automatic or manual transmission. Most often it is related to low levels of transmission fluid. Head to the auto repair shop right away to prevent the problem from getting worse.

Knocking noise

If the sound of a shoe in the dryer is emulating from under the hood it could mean that your vehicle’s engine bearings are wearing out. These bearings are what the moving parts of the engine rest on and should they wear due to improper lubrication or general high mileage wear and tear they could seize. This would result in the need for a major engine repair, rebuild or even replacement.

At Lake City Auto Care we offer professional automotive diagnostics in Coeur d’Alene for all makes and models so if you have come across some weird noise, smell or vibration, come see us and we’ll get it taken care of. To learn more about our auto shop or to schedule expert auto repair in Coeur d’Alene give us a call today!

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