Know What Causes Cars to Make Squealing Noises as You Drive

January 17th, 2017 by

When you’re driving along in Tulsa and you hear a squealing noise coming from your vehicle, that means you have to stop in and get it looked at. It could be any number of things, but here are some common reasons you might hear a squealing noise from your vehicle:

  • 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.

At South Pointe Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM, we’d be happy to help you fix it, so set up a service appointment with us today, and we can take care of it for you!

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