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Car Noise Troubleshooting Basics

Here’s a quick and simple lesson toward car maintenance diagnostics using one of the most useful tools not in your toolbox---your ears. Follow this mechanic as he describes five noises cars commonly make when something is going wrong and what you can do about it.


My Car Sounds Like It’s Possessed

Ofttimes the first sign that something is going wrong with your car is when you begin to notice strange sounds that can be either intermittent or constant or a combination of both. Noises coming out of your car can range anywhere from a low growl to an annoying chatter or squeal that makes it hard to hang onto the hope of “Maybe it’ll just go away” ---kind of like when you get that first tooth ache tingle.

In any case, it is better to treat those sounds right off as a cry for help from your car before what could be a minor problem becomes a major one that can wind up costing you a lot of money; or worse yet, result in a serious accident while in traffic.

To help car owners recognize and identify potential problems with their car just by the sound it makes when some part is wearing away, here is a golden Scotty Kilmer YouTube channel episode that can take some of the mystery out of car sounds and what you may be looking at toward a repair.

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After watching the video, you will be able to identify potential problems involving your:

• Battery or Starter
• CV axles
• Engine belts
• Power steering pump
• Fuel injectors, valves, lifters, or piston rods

This Noise Means Your Car is Screwed

And finally…

For additional articles about car maintenance, here are two selected articles for your consideration: “Car Tune-Up Truths Car Owners Need to Understand Today” and “Why This Toyota Camry is Burning Oil Diagnosis.”

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Timothy Boyer is a Torque News automotive reporter based in Cincinnati. Experienced with early car restorations, he regularly restores older vehicles with engine modifications for improved performance. Follow Tim on Twitter at @TimBoyerWrites for daily new and used vehicle news.

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