Six Reasons Why You Might Hear Squealing in Your Vehicle

January 14th, 2017 by

What’s going on when your vehicle starts making squealing noises? Well, there are a lot of things that could be going on, and our service team here at Pat Peck Kia are here to help figure that out. But, we also like to build up the knowledge of our customers, so here are a few of the things we look for when squealing noises are made in cars.

  • 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.

You can learn more by contacting us, or scheduling a service appointment online, as we’d be happy to answer any questions and set up a time to take a closer look and diagnose the issue.

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