What Does The Squealing Noise in Your Car Mean?

January 25th, 2017 by

One common issue we see at our service center is people bringing in their vehicles because of a squealing noise it is making. Often people have no idea what it could be. That’s why you leave it to experts like us, but at the same time, we want to give you an idea of what it might be, which is why we’ve highlighted the most common reasons you’ll hear squealing noises from your vehicle as you drive.

  • If it squeals while you turn the steering wheel, it could be low power-steering fluid. It’s what lubricates the steering, and the noise can persist if the steering remains off-center. Checking the fluid could be a solution.
  • Squeals while turning could also be a suspension issue, like shocks, tie-rod ends, seals, ball joints, or universal joints that are in need of lubrication.
  • There also could be something rubbing up against the interior trim of the vehicle, which a service center can check out for you.
  • If you hear your vehicle squeal while accelerating, it could be related to your belt. In this case, you’d probably hear it while the vehicle is idle, too, or just turned on in colder weather. That means its worn or loose, and getting it fixed or replaced is always a good idea.
  • Worn alternator bearings could also be a culprit, and in that case you will likely need them to be replaced, too.
  • If you hear the squealing noises when you apply the brakes, that could mean many things. In wet weather, it might just be when applied to wet wheels, but if it is dry and they are squealing, it might be time for a brake pad change.

If you’re experiencing this, be sure to set up an appointment in our service center here in Oklahoma City today, and we can set out to take care of it for you!

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