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How to listen to your car’s signals

August 29, 2008
Provided by eHow
Our cars are special to us, they are like best friends. Sometimes our cars are crying out to us, trying to tell us something. If we take the time to listen to some of these signals, we can save ourselves from expensive repairs.

¯A squeal from the engine: If it’s only during low speed turns, accompanied by a sharp jerky motion of the steering wheel, it may mean the power steering belt may be loose or worn out. Tighten or replace the belt.

¯A grinding or scraping sound from the brakes: If you hear a metal on metal sound when pressing the brakes, it could signal worn brake linings.

¯A humming sound from the tires can be an indication of irregular wear, meaning it may be time for an alignment or tire rotation.

¯Hiss or whistle from the engine: If you hear it when the vehicle stops but the engine is running, it’s probably a broken or missing vacuum hose.

¯Tweet or chirp from the brakes: If you hear it during light or moderate braking or it stops during heavy braking, check with your mechanic to see if the brake pads are loose in the caliber assembly.

¯A rumbling noise: On front-wheel drive vehicles, it may mean the rear wheel bearings need packing or replacing.

¯A clicking noise: If you hear it during sharp or low speed turns in a front wheel drive vehicle, this may mean a worn CV joint.



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