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Noises Your Vehicle Makes And What They Could Mean

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Whether you are the driver or passenger, many noises are classified as annoying. If the warning signs are ignored, you will be paying for the delays.

1. Grinding Gears in a Manual Transmission

You may have clutch issues and a worn out synchronizer may be the culprit because its main duty is to allow the transmission to shift easily from one gear to the next. Your clutch may also be dragging. Either issue may require massive work to correct the situations. However, it could be a transmission issue.

2. Clunking or Grinding When Braking

Hearing a grinding noise when you use your brakes could mean you will need new brake pads, calipers, rotors, or the brake hydraulics. Upon hearing that noise, you should take it to have repairs done. Procrastination could cause further damage or you could be the cause of an automobile accident. Depending on the type of car and what needs repairing, your bill could run from $300 to $1,000 for each axle.

3. Rattles and Rumbles Under the Car

If you hear this noise, you probably have exhaust system issues. It could be a hole in the exhaust or a loose pipe that may or may not be repairable. Unfortunately, it could be the catalytic converter. Cost depends on the problem, but a catalytic converter could range from $150 to $1,500.

4. Growls and Roars

You may need new tires and or wheel bearings. If a wheel bearing fails to work, it could come apart or seize and leave you stranded with an unmovable wheel. The first issue is leaving the scene and calling a tow truck. In addition to that expense, each wheel could range from $150 to $750.

5. Rough Ride

You may feel like you are riding in a dump truck. This could mean you are taking the bumps so hard because of poor suspension. The vehicle will have to be placed on a lift to check for the damage. This could cost you from $120 each for ball joints, or up to $2,000 for the rebuilt suspension.

6. Squealing Noises

Your serpentine belt (drive belt) may need replacing because of normal wear and tear. The belt begins to slip and squeal, and that belt is responsible for the operation of your alternator, power steering, and air conditioner. If you ignore the noise, you may find yourself with a blown engine because the cooling system cannot work properly. If you replace it in a timely manner you may pay approximately $75, but delay and it could cost around $200.

For more information, contact Rolling Bay Automotive or a similar location.