What’s That Weird Noise Coming from My Car? Part 1

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As cars age, sometimes they make strange noises. You may hear squeals, clicks, or clunks. When you hear those sounds, you will wonder what they’re coming from, and if they need your immediate attention. Like people, your car will tell you when something is wrong. In this first installment of, “What’s That Weird Noise Coming from My Car?” we’re going to cover brakes, the kinds of noises they make, and the causes of those noises.Worn out brake disks

Clunking When You Brake

Possible causes:

  • Worn steering system.
  • An improperly mounted disc brake caliper.
  • Damaged or missing brake hardware.

Squealing When You Brake

Possible causes:

  • Dirty brake pads, drums, rotors and/or shoes.
  • Worn brake pads and/or shoes.
  • The wear indicator on the pads is making contact with the rotor.
  • Brake pads have overheated and have glazed consequently.
  • Disc brake calipers were mounted incorrectly or have loosened.

Scraping When You’re Braking

Possible causes:

  • Distorted or out-of-round brake drum.
  • Extremely worn brake shoes.
  • Brakes are not applying evenly.

A Rhythmic Scraping Noise at Slow Speeds

Possible causes:

  • A badly warped brake rotor.
  • Brake drums need to be replaced because they’re badly out-of-round.

Clicking from the Front When You Turn Corners

Possible causes:

  • A hard object is caught between the rotor and the brake pads.
  • Worn CV joints.
  • Brake pads are loose in their mounting.

Clicking Noise When You Turn or Brake

Possible causes:

  • Disc brake caliper is mounted improperly.
  • Worn steering system components.
  • Brake hardware is damaged or missing.

Don’t ignore your brakes if they make any of the sounds listed here. Your car is telling you to notice the issue and take care of it. Drivers know that stopping is equally as important as going, and without properly working brakes you could end up in a horrible accident.

If your brakes make any of the above sounds, bring your car to AAMCO of Overland Park. Call us at (816) 766-2350 to schedule an appointment today.


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