What’s That Sound?

What’s That Sound?

Squeak! Knock! Bang! Your car is making a brand new (and kind of scary) noise. Bartow Ford, your Lakeland area Ford dealership, can help you identify what noise your car is making — and what it means.

If you’re sitting at a red light and your engine suddenly starts sounding like it’s having a heart attack, your fan belt could be loose.

Squeaky brakes are the loudest indicator of worn-out brake pads. If you hit the brakes and are greeted with a high-pitched screech, it’s time to take your car to get its brakes replaced. Squeaking can also be a sign of overheated brake pads, a cause of hard braking or overuse, or rotor rust.

Rattling can be a discerning noise to hear when you hit the gas pedal. It’s a sign your timing belt is worn, loose, or out of alignment.

A loud clunking or thumping sound means you might have a damaged exhaust system. Besides being noisy, driving with a damaged exhaust system can be dangerous because carbon monoxide may leak into your vehicle. If you notice a thumping sound, take it to be looked at as soon as possible.

A loud ticking noise is an indicator that there is an issue with your car’s valve change. This can be anything from insufficient oil pressure to a failing pump.

If you’re hearing knocking under the hood, your engine may be having trouble igniting fuel. This can be caused by a few different components including the spark plugs, low-quality gas, or a high-pressure engine. In the case of knocking, take your car to a service center immediately.

Does the road sound loud? If so, you might need new tires. Tires often wear down after use and need to be replaced regularly. Consult with the experts at Bartow Ford to get the best tires for your vehicle.

Now that you know how to identify what noise your car is making, it’s time to take it in to see the experts at Bartow Ford, your Lakeland area Ford dealership. Give us a call at (800) 303-4016 to schedule an appointment, or make one online.

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