Have you ever been driving when your car made a sudden, unexpected noise? According to the experienced mechanics of Dean's Automotive Service Center in Anchorage, AK, that sudden clunk or whine is a sure sign you should take your car to the auto shop. New or unusual noises from your engine mean something has changed in the way it's running—sometimes with potentially serious consequences.
A clunking sound when breaking, for example, indicates a problem with the brake hardware. Something may be damaged, improperly installed, or missing entirely. Prompt repairs are essential to keep your brakes working safely. Squealing sounds can have several sources—if you hear it during acceleration, you likely have a loose belt. During braking, a squealing sound could be caused by something as simple as dirt or as serious as worn brake pads.
An occasional car backfire isn't necessarily serious, but if this loud bang happens more than once, it's worth visiting a mechanic. You may have problems with your air/fuel mixture or the catalytic converter could be broken. Grinding sounds are another indication of worn or damaged parts. If heard while shifting gears, the issue is usually the clutch. If heard while braking, grinding indicates completely worn-out brake pads—which means serious damage to your car if you don't take it in for an auto repair immediately.
Your mechanic can learn a lot from listening to your car, or from your description of the noises it makes. Pay attention as you drive, and report any new or alarming sounds to Dean's Automotive Service Center. You can reach them at (907) 276-5731 to schedule repairs, or get in touch online.