Car troubles are problems that nobody wants to deal with, they usually come up at the worst opportunities and you have to dip into your pockets to solve them almost right away. When you’re out of a car you’re out of transportation, and if you’re currently working (as most of us are) that’s a scenario that just won’t fly for very long.
Squealing noises are actually quite common when it comes to your car, sometimes it can be something very simple and others it can mean you’re in need of a major replacement. Most of the time you’re better off just heading to a mechanic, but we know how shady some of them can be and it isn’t always in the budget. We aren’t all capable of understanding cars, that’s why we have mechanics in the world who dedicated themselves to fixing up automobiles. Even though we might not have the privilege of being able to fix cars ourselves we can still look into the problem, because if we can keep ourselves informed we’re not going to get screwed over (pardon my French) by any mechanics in the near future.
We’ll go through three popular problems that are the root of squealing noises within a car, and although they might not apply to your vehicle right now they might in the future. Weird noises while you’re driving are always going to keep you worried, especially if you have a significantly older car, so you might as well brush up on your mechanical knowledge now before the problem actually happens! You have the ability to help yourself, but you’ve got to be willing to learn something new if you want to make a difference (and trust me, you’re definitely going to want to learn a few things related to fixing your car).
Dealing With a Squeal While You Accelerate (Belts)
If your car is constantly squealing while you’re in the process of accelerating it’s probably related to you belt. This goes double if your car is just warming up, and this is actually a problem that occurs in a lot of the colder regions of the planet (Canada would be the perfect example, I happen to live there and this problem happened with my older cars quite often). The car is going to squeal when you turn it on because the belt is either worn or loose, and if the fan belts happen to be worn you’re probably going to need to look at the timing belt as well.
Some people attribute this squealing noise to the cold, which might have some part to play in it all (in some sort of way it might constrict the belts or something), but this squeal usually means that you’re going to have to replace a belt or two.
Worn Alternator Bearings
If your car has worn out alternator bearings than this could be the root of the problem as well, but this is one of those problems that’s going to have you taking a visit to the shop. If you can you should try to find one of your friends whom happens to be handy with vehicles, it seems like everybody has at least one person they can turn to in situations like this. You alternator is a very large component of your car, and if the bearings are worn out and causing your vehicle to screech and squeal you should deal with it as soon as you possibly can.
Squealing While You Apply the Brakes
Brake problems are going to scare even the boldest of drivers, because you rely on brakes to stop your movement (and you just so happen to be moving incredibly quickly in a box made out of steel). Hearing a screech or a squeal (or even a scrape) while you apply the brakes can mean multiple things, and if it’s one of the light-hearted squeaks you would hear when they’re applied to wet wheels you needn’t worry; that is unless the brakes failed to stop the wheels in the proper amount of time! If you hear a very loud screech that sounds almost metal-like than you’re probably in the market for a brake pad change. When brake pads are worn out you’re going to notice, and it isn’t really something you should put off fixing.
You wouldn’t dare drive without working breaks, and going along with worn out brake pads is almost like asking for an accident to occur.