When you’re driving your car, you’re accustomed to certain noises such as the engine running or the air conditioner as it blows cold air out of the vents. What you’re not accustomed to are those strange sounds that come out of nowhere and that often scare you. While you can turn the radio up or choose to ignore them, strange clunks and bangs coming from your car should be inspected as soon as possible.

At Clarke’s Discount in Aloha, we can provide auto repair when you need it most. When your vehicle is making strange sounds, or you’ve noticed that a certain noise is getting louder or more consistent, then please bring your car or truck to us right away. In this post, we’ll take a look at a few strange sounds and what they can mean.

1. Squealing and Squeaking

Any squealing or squeaking sound can be an indication that a belt needs to be adjusted or replaced. Your car has several belts under the hood, and a noise from one of them could be a sure sign that it’s about to break or come loose. Your owner’s manual should tell you when a certain belt needs to be replaced, and our mechanics can make sure that you end up with the right parts.

2. Clunking and Clanging

If you drive on roads that are particularly bumpy, then you’re likely used to clunking and clanging sounds. Your car’s suspension can get quite the workout on a bumpy road, but if you’re driving on a smooth road and you still hear clunks or clangs, bring your vehicle to our shop as soon as possible. There could be something wrong with your shocks or struts, or there could be something that’s come loose on the underside of your car.

3. Grinding and Grating

Any grinding or grating sound coming from your car is never a good sign, since it usually means that metal is touching metal. The most common culprit is your brakes, and if they are to blame, then it’s imperative to get your brake pads and discs looked at right away. Not only can the sound become unbearable, but you could end up being unable to stop when you really need to.

4. Growling and Groaning

You like to hear the roar of your engine as you accelerate, but if it’s growling a bit too loudly, then there could be an issue under the hood. Your cylinder compression could be off, and if the engine groans to life instead of turning over as it should, then there could be an issue with the starter or the spark plugs. Our expert mechanics will know how to get to the bottom of the issue quickly and get you back on the road.

When your car or truck is making strange noises, it’s always a good idea to find an auto repair shop and have the vehicle looked at by a certified mechanic. At Clarke’s Discount, we’re always ready to help however we can, and we’ll always do our very best to find the problem and remedy it.

We look forward to helping you!