Finding out what noises shouldn't be coming from your vehicle can be a confusing task when you don't know what to look for. Piazza Mazda of West Chester is proud to help Philadelphia area drivers become better informed. Here are five engine noises you should address as soon as they occur.

  1. Squealing: If you hear squealing noises when first starting the vehicle or turning the steering wheel, there may be a belt in need of a tune-up. Another common squealing noise can occur under braking where the pads could be cold or ready for replacement. If you hear a squealing noise, it may be time to have an inspection completed.
  2. Hissing Noises: These noises may come from something as simple as a loose vacuum hose, or as extensive as a plugged exhaust system or an overheating engine. Some newer vehicles have a turbocharger that can create additional air noises such as a whistle due to their compressors.
  3. Rumbling or Popping: Exhaust leaks caused by rust or worn gaskets can often lead to an increased rumbling or popping noise emanating from the underbody of your vehicle. Rumbling from an exhaust leak poses a safety risk in Drexel Hill due to hazardous gasses such as carbon monoxide but can also be caused by something such as cylinder misfire or clogged intakes.
  4. Metallic Grinding: Grinding or crunching noises made by your vehicle when shifting gears may indicate a severe transmission issue. Other metallic noises accompanied by vibration can include warped brake rotors or other issues within the drivetrain. If you hear metallic grinding noises in Broomall, your vehicle likely needs urgent servicing.
  5. Knocking or Ticking: These mechanical noises can be produced by your engine in different situations. Some vehicles may have noisy engines from the factory and experience what is often called "lifter tick", while others tick when something has failed. Knocking is one of the sounds that is typically associated with ignition problems or complete engine failure.

Need Automotive Care?

If you hear one or more of these sounds, it may be time to bring your vehicle in for service. Our experienced technicians have the tools and resources available to help diagnose issues quickly and get you back on the road to Springfield. Schedule an appointment today by calling our service center near West Chester, PA!

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