Why Is My Car Squeaking? What It Could Mean & What to Do

We rely on cars to get us safely from point A to point B, so when we hear strange noises coming from our vehicle, panic can quickly set in To stay calm and collected on the road, learn about the most common reasons your car might be squeaking and what you should do about it.

You Have Loose or Worn Belts

Over time, your car’s belts might lose their tension or start to wear down and, as a result, produce annoying squeaking sounds. Your timing belt and serpentine belt are the most common culprit, as they’re placed under extra pressure whenever you accelerate, decelerate, or use your air conditioning. 

Your Power Steering Fluid Is Low

If you hear a squeaking noise every time you turn the steering wheel, the cause may just be your tires rubbing against a slick piece of concrete. But if the noise persists, it’s probably time to check your power steering fluid level. Your power steering system is made up of seals and joints that will start to grind, make noise, and degrade without fluid to lubricate them. 

It’s Time to Get Your Brakes Checked

Did you know your car’s brakes are purposely built to make a squeaking sound when they need to be serviced? If simply pressing on the brake makes a sound, no matter what speed you’re driving, this is your brakes warning you need to check the condition of your brake pads as soon as possible. After all, your brakes are arguably the most important safety feature of your car. 

There’s a Problem with Your Suspension

Your car’s suspension system is there to absorb the shock from any bumps, potholes, or other rough patches on the road. If there’s an issue, you won’t just hear squeaking or clunking noises as you hit bumps, but you’ll also be in for a much bouncier ride. 

Your Alternator Is Old or Failing  

The alternator produces most of your car’s electrical energy, and it has bearings that spin to keep the electricity circulating. When these bearings get old, worn, or dirty, you’ll likely hear an unpleasant squeaking or grinding noise. These sounds are a warning to get your alternator checked out before you wind up with a dead battery. 

What Can You Do?

Squeaking noises on their own aren’t dangerous, but they definitely shouldn’t be ignored. Often times, they can be fixed at home by simply topping off a certain fluid, like your power steering fluid, or cleaning out lodged dirt and rocks. However, if you’re unable to quickly diagnose and resolve the problem at home, it’s best to take your car to a professional. Your car’s belts, for example, are closed off in their own container, so they can be extremely hard to access on your own.

Letting expert mechanics diagnose and fix the problem is usually the best way of getting the job done correctly, which is especially critical when the issue could put you in danger (like your brakes not functioning correctly). 

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