3rd Kind Customz   14522 Auto Park Way C Houston,TX77083   (281) 495-1352
3rd Kind Customz
14522 Auto Park Way C
HoustonTX 77083
 (281) 495-1352

What is Your Vehicle Telling You? Noises to Listen For

What is Your Vehicle Telling You? Noises to Listen For

If you've ever had a car break down unexpectedly, you may have wondered if there was more you could have done to identify the problem first. Sometimes simply turning off the music every once in a while and listening to the noise that your car makes can be enough to diagnose an issue. Most cars dampen a lot of sound around them with the windows closed, so some conscientious effort can go a long way.

Diagnosing Car Sounds

It can be difficult to isolate exactly where a sound is coming from. If the sound is persistent, the easiest way to tell where it's coming from is to get out of your car and to circle it. It's likely that the noise is going to be coming from the engine. A loud whirring sound may be a broken belt. For more unusual or obscure sounds, you can listen to diagnostic sounds online.

If the sound occurs during certain actions, however, you probably need to drive the car to figure it out. Sounds that occur while shifting gears may be the transmission, whereas sounds that occur when braking are almost always either brake pads or brake rotors. Rattling sounds or clanking sounds are likely to be loose or damaged parts that need to be repaired or replaced. 

The Most Common Car Issues

  • Knocking noises within the engine. These noises will occur whenever the engine is running, and it can be either an indicator of a relatively simple problem or a very significant one. Either the engine may be low on fluids or the engine may have piston or crankshaft issues. Adding oil may be able to remove this sound. 

Loud squealing sounds from the engine. This usually means that a belt has become either broken or torn. These squealing noises will continue even when the vehicle is idling, and usually, any issue with the belts should be visible when looking at the engine.

  • Clicking noises while turning. This clicking noise is usually found in older vehicles and is usually due to either a torn boot or a failed outer CV joint. 
  • Loud squealing sounds from the engine. This usually means that a belt has become either broken or torn. These squealing noises will continue even when the vehicle is idling, and usually, any issue with the belts should be visible when looking at the engine. 
  • Rattling whenever the car is idling. A rattling sound usually denotes issues with heat dispersal through the heat shield. Rattling may lead to the engine overheating and performing poorly.

Is your vehicle making an unusual sound? The best way to make sure that your vehicle isn't developing a serious issue is to contact a professional. At 3rd Kind Customz, we don't just do custom builds, but we can also provide complete maintenance and repair services. We'll help you figure out what's wrong with your vehicle and get the situation resolved before it becomes a more serious problem. 

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