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Strange Car Noises and Their Possible Meanings

With cars being a part of our daily life, one of the worst things that can happen is a weird and unfamiliar noise. We all hate when that happens, but it can help us prevent further damage. Here are some sounds you should be on the lookout for:

Rattling sound at low speeds

While driving at a low speed you might hear a rattling noise, that sounds like there is something inside your wheel or under the hood. At high speeds, it magically disappears and comes right back when you slow down. The cause of this can be a loose lug nut that was forgotten in one of your vehicle's hub caps. A wheel without a few nuts doesn't sound very safe, so we advise you to safely go to the nearest repair shop.

Dull metallic clicking sound

If you are experiencing a dull clicking sound coming from your engine bay, it’s likely that a piece has come undone. This can be caused by a loose screw or bolt in the engine that has been forgotten by previous maintenance work. The damage that this can inflict on your vehicle and wallet can be quite big. A blown cylinder, bent crankshaft, and broken manifold are only some of the examples if not taken care of quickly and professionally.

Screeching noise when you start your vehicle

The only thing you should hear when you start your car is the engine. Despite that, if you hear a screeching sound on start-up that can mean a problem with the timing or accessory belts. The timing belt is responsible for synchronizing the crankshaft and camshaft rotation. Accessory belts power all other components in the engine bay that work in unison with the engine. Over time both of them get used up and loose which can result in a weird and annoying sound.

Squeaking and loud noise from your brakes

Worn-out brake pads are the most common explanation for this sound. Nowadays, brake pad manufacturers put wear indicators in their products so drivers can't miss when they are up for a replacement.

Risking your safety by guessing what might be wrong isn’t good for anyone. Here at Honest Wrenches, we will thoroughly examine your vehicle and find out the exact cause of the issues. 

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