5 Car Noises You Shouldn't Ignore

Have you ever heard your car producing a specific sound and thought to yourself: "That doesn't sound good?" Unusual car sounds, whether it's clunking over bumps or growling when cornering, are signs that there's something wrong with the car, and something needs to be done. Ignoring them could lead to serious and costlier repairs in the future.

Sharp Screeching

A high-pitched screeching sound usually comes when you apply pressure on the brake pedal. The sound is an indication that the brake pads are work and can't push against the rotors effectively to stop the car. Don't ignore that sound because if the pads are excessively worn, the brakes might fail.

Hissing Sound

The hissing sound normally comes from the engine, and it's not an indication that the engine is running healthy. On the contrary, it's a sign of a leak in one of the pipes or joints of the cooling system or vacuum line. A faulty cooling system impacts the car's drivability, and it's critical to repair it immediately.


You'll typically hear clunking and rattling sounds when you run over bumps, rocks, and potholes. That can be attributed to several causes. For instance, worn-out rubber bushings or control arm joints connected to the sway bar can cause the sound. It might also be due to a bad stabilizer link-pin or a loose exhaust system. A thorough multi-point inspection can reveal the actual cause.

Heavy Growling

If you hear a heavy, animalistic growl when turning, the potential cause might be a damaged power steering pump. Not all car owners experience this problem because it only occurs in vehicles with hydraulic systems. The problem makes cornering challenging, but you can avoid that by taking the car to our qualified technicians for professional maintenance services.


Hearing banging sounds from the engine is not a good sign and must be repaired as soon as possible. The knocking sound indicates that you have poor valve clearance. If you notice the knocking sound getting louder with increased RPM, the cause may be a loose rod bearing, or an engine bearing might have moved out of place. Both of these issues require extensive repairs and ignoring the sound further complicates the issue.

If you hear an unusual sound in your vehicle, there's a problem that needs fixing. Bring your car to our auto maintenance and service center today and we'll diagnose the issue and fix it professionally.