What Is Causing Noise Under Your Car?

When you ride in your car it should be smooth and there should be no weird noises. Of course, you will hear the engine start up and the tires moving but there should be no cranking, clicking or knocking sounds. If you hear any similar sounds coming from under your vehicle, then you know it’s time to pay close attention. These sounds are associated with the rotating parts and other systems of the car. These sounds are an indication that something is seriously damaged under your vehicle and needs your attention.

If the issue causing the sound is not dealt with seriously it can turn into a bigger issue. Your car can break down in the middle of the road and then you will have to call a roadside assistance and towing company to come get you. So, it is better that you deal with this issue as soon as possible to avoid any future damage.

Identifying these sounds will help you to detect the problem early on. In this blog post, we will discuss what issues could cause your vehicle to produce irregular noise.

Damaged Brakes

The most common cause of noise coming from under your car are worn or failed brakes. The drum brake shoe and the brake pads are common facilitators of grinding noises. These noises are often caused when the brake linings have worn out and the steel brake rotor is rubbing against the metal brake pad. Hence causing a metal-to-metal contact when the brakes are applied, resulting in a grinding noise.

This type of noise is usually a loud grinding sound and you will only hear it when the brakes are applied, hence making the diagnosis very easy. This type of grinding sound only comes from either the front or rear brakes. Therefore, if you hear a grinding sound while applying your brakes quickly get it fixed. Because if not fixed it can result in brake failure and cause a serious accident.

Damaged Water Pump

If the grinding sound is not coming from the brakes of your car and it only happens when you turn the engine on. Then it is an indication that you have a problem with your water pump. The grinding noise coming from the water pump is usually due to the worn-out bearings of your car.

The best way to fix it is by replacing the bearings, the seal, or the whole water pump. This is an inexpensive job and should never be delayed as it can cause your engine to overheat and result in more damage and a more expensive repair job. It can also result in the breakdown of your car in the middle of the road, requiring you to call a professional roadside assistance company to come and help you. So, it is better to fix the problem as soon as possible to avoid any further problems.

Worn Clutch

If you hear a grinding sound while changing gears then there is a problem with the clutch of your car. The job of the clutch is to separate the engine from the wheels allowing you to change your gears. It consists of a flywheel, clutch plate, and pressure plate. An issue with all or one of these components can cause the grinding noise and other problems.

If you hear a grinding sound while changing gears then there is a problem with the clutch of your car. The job of the clutch is to separate the engine from the wheels allowing you to change your gears. It consists of a flywheel, clutch plate, and pressure plate. An issue with all or one of these components can cause the grinding noise and other problems.

  • Difficulty changing gears.
  • Slipping clutch, resulting in a brief loss of acceleration.
  • Squeaking or gurgling sound when pressed.
  • Spongy, sticking, or vibrating clutch pedal.

Typically clutch-related repairs are expensive but usually depend on the nature of the problem. But it is better to get it fixed than have to wait for roadside assistance in the middle of the road. So, it’s better to take your car yourself to a repair shop than having to get it towed to a garage.

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