SOUNDS LIKE TROUBLE
Squeaks, squeals, rattles, rumbles, and other sounds can provide valuable clues about problems and maintenance needs. Here are some common noises and what they mean:
Squeal – A shrill, sharp noise, usually related to engine speed:
- Loose or worn power steering, fan or air conditioning belt.
Click – A slight sharp noise, related to either engine speed or vehicle speed:
- Loose wheel cover
- Loose or bent fan blade
- Stuck valve lifter or you could be low on engine oil.
Screech – A high-pitched, piercing metallic sound; usually occurs while the vehicle is in motion:
- This is caused by brake wear indicators to let you know it’s time for a brake inspection.
Rumble – a low-pitched rhythmic sound.