You’re driving down the highway on your way home from work. You have the music turned up, but you notice an annoying sound in the background of the song. After you turn the music down, the annoying sound is still there. It actually sounds like it’s coming from your car. You think about it for a second and then turn the radio back up and relax. But the problem that’s causing that car noise isn’t going away just because you drowned it out.
If you notice a strange new noise as you’re driving, it’s important that you get the car looked at. Noise can be harmless. Occasionally, your car may have a humming noise, you may notice a bit of a rattle here or there, and your fan belt may whine or squeak. These noises may not mean anything is wrong with your vehicle. But sometimes a persistent noise can mean something is majorly wrong with your vehicle. Especially, if the car is making a noise that is new and sudden, it’s a good idea to take your car to a mechanic or, at least, someone who has an idea about what may be making the noise.
Lots of Parts
Your car is made up of a lot of moving parts. That means there’s potential for a lot to go wrong. And once one thing goes wrong, it can lead to more problems. A small problem causing a noticeable noise can quickly become something that disables your car or, worse, causes the catastrophic failure of an integral part of your car while you’re on the road. If you’re ignoring car noises when you drive, it can put a lot at risk.
Go to the Mechanic
So, a trip to the mechanic is definitely recommended. Some mechanics may be able to give an initial diagnosis just by listening to your car noises, but they will almost definitely have to take a look to be sure. Sometimes, noises can be resolved easily. Sometimes, you may need major repairs.
Used Auto Parts
If you’ve recently brought your car in because of noise and need a major repair, make sure you talk to your mechanic about the possibility of using used auto parts. Used auto parts can bring down the price of your repair dramatically.