Figure Out What that Squealing Noise in Your Car Might Be

January 14th, 2017 by

There are a lot of reasons your car could start making a squealing noise. None of them are good, of course. You want to get the issue resolved right away, but also many of are curious of the causes. Lucky for you our service team is here to help repair it, and give you some of the common reasons it might happen.

  • 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.

Here at Kia of South Austin, our team would be happy to help you in our service center, so schedule an appointment with us today, and we can make bad noises and more go away.

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