Strange Car Noises

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Nothing ruins a quiet and peaceful drive around Chicago like an unexpected sound rumbling under the hood of your car. But if you want to know the reasons behind those strange car noises, it's important to keep listening! Is the sound coming from the front or the rear of the vehicle? Does it happen while braking or cruising? Do you hear a grinding sound when starting car or after the engine is off? The more you know, the more you can relay to your Toyota dealer for a proper diagnosis.


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High-Pitched Squeals and Screeching

High-pitched noises are common, and the shrill noise can cut through your driving playlist like a knife. Here are some of the more common reasons that these car sounds may develop:

  • Brakes: If you hear a squealing sound when you hit the brakes, your brake pads might be worn down to unsafe levels.
  • Belt: Does the sound stop when you shut off the car? Your belt might need adjusting or replacement.
  • Leaks: Whistling noises tend to be the sign of leaks from components like hoses and weatherstripping.
  • Wheel Bearings: If you notice a whining or humming sound as you navigate around curves, it might be time to have your wheel bearings checked.

Rhythmic Noises and Ticking

While a high-pitched squeal is hard to miss, sometimes you might not notice odd rhythmic noises coming from the car, but these sounds can indicate a host of issues like:

  • Battery: If you only hear a ticking when you try to start the engine, your battery might be drained. Try jumpstarting your car.
  • Tires: Clicking and ticking might be coming from a set of worn, unbalanced, or underinflated tires.
  • Misfires: An offbeat rhythm during idling can suggest an engine misfire from spark plug malfunction.
  • Suspension: Clunking noises over bumps can indicate problems with your shocks or suspension.

Diagnose your Car Noises at Chicago Northside Toyota

Whether you need information about strange car sounds or routine car maintenance, Chicago Northside Toyota is here to help. Schedule your service today to bring your car back to life, or contact us with any questions. We're only a short drive from Cicero and Oak Park, so visit us today!

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