Determine What that Squealing Noise is in Your Car

January 14th, 2017 by

We all want our vehicles to be running smoothly at all times. That’s why when we hear any sort of squealing noise coming from it when we drive, it is cause for concern. There are many reasons this could be the case, and here at Gene Messer Kia, we want to give you an idea of what we look for it to be when you bring it into our service center.

  • 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.

Our team is here to diagnose the issue in our Lubbock service center, and if you need an appointment we’d be happy to set one up for you and help you out today.

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