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Why Does My Car Squeak?

   Our cars can make some pretty alarming noises; from screeching to squealing, and clanking to banging. So what do they all mean? There may not be one clear cut answer for all the different types of sounds, but us here at Larry H. Miller Ford Lincoln in Sandy are here to help you narrow down the possibilities. Keep in mind, this page offers most common occurences and does not cover every possible scenario when it comes to the different noises your car might be making. Click on the button on the right to schedule a service appointment with us, read below to find out what all the different sounds could mean, or fill out the form at the botton with any questions or comments that you may have.

Why Does My Car Squeak When I Brake?

  • The most common issue when hearing a squeaking or grinding while braking could be that your brake pads are old and worn down. This is a natural occurance that is a result of every day driving and braking. Break pads are actually designed to grind when they get too low so you know to get them replaced.
  • Squeaking or a metal on metal grinding while driving or braking coming from the tires could also mean that your rotors need to be turned. A rotor is the peice of circular metal that the brake pads clamp down on to create friction while braking. This means that the rotors too can be worn down while braking over time as well. Rotors can be resurfaced, however they can't be resurfaced everytime because they will become to thin. Eventually, you'll need to purchase new brake rotors.
  • Why Does My Car Squeak When I Turn or Go over Bumps?

  • One of the more common issues when hearing a squeaking or struggling motor while turning can be attributed to low powersteering fluid or a bad power steering pump. The power steering pump assists in making it easier for you to turn the wheel while turning. Most older vehicles don't have power steering at all.
  • Another issue could point to a bad wheel bearing. A wheel bearing is a steel ball that's kept in place by a metal ring that helps the wheel to turn with the least amount of friction occuring. When parked, turn the wheel all the way to the left and right. If you hear a noise while turning the wheel to the left, the right bearing is most likely faulty and needs to be replaced.
  • Do you hear a squeaking or clunking whenever you go over what seems like the tiniest bump? This could mean that you have a bad strut or motor mount. Your struts are part of your suspension system and are often the first to feel the effects of high mileage.
  • Why Does My Car Squeak Or Click When I Try To Start It?

  • If you turn the key in the ignition and the car struggles to start then begins clicking, there's a great chance that you need to replace your battery. The typical car battery can last between three and five years.
  • Another issue could be that your car has a bad starter. The starter of a car is a motor that assists in creating the initial combustion/power in an engine. If this is the case, you'll likely hear a clicking or a high-pitched screeching noise when the ignition is turned.
  • Which Of These Issues Do We Fix?

    We fix all of these issues and more. We have a full professional service staff standing by during business hours ready to tackle any issues that your car may have. This combined with our large and comfortable service lounge makes for a professional experience that you won't forget. Schedule a service appointment today and we'll take care of you from start to finish.

    I Don't Want To Deal With These Issues. Help!

    We don't blame you. Dealing with car repairs can be a stressful situation and a strain on your wallet. Learn more about service financing, or trade-in your vehicle to us today and we'll find the right new, used, or certified pre-owned vehicle for you right away.

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