Why Does My Car Make a Grinding Noise When I Drive?

Any driver might feel uneasy if their car starts making grinding noises while driving. This is usually an indication that there is a problem with your car. Because there are many possible causes for the noises, you should get your vehicle checked out by a technician as soon as possible. Here are some reasons your car could be making such noises. 

Faulty brakes

Brakes are one of a car’s most critical safety features. An indication of brake issues will be grinding or screeching noises when you press the brake pedal. This can be caused by worn brake pads or problems with the brake’s internal components or lubrication. If you suspect faulty brakes, you should bring your car to an auto shop as soon as possible to see if they need replacing.

Worn out alternator

An alternator powers your car’s electrical systems and charges your car battery while driving. As it ages, its gears and bearings may wear down and cause a grinding noise while your car is running. Replacing your car’s alternator is expensive, but it’s a critical part of your vehicle’s system and not something to put off.

Damaged muffler

A muffler keeps your car running quietly and smoothly. If your car is suddenly running much louder than before, you might want to have your muffler checked. While not as time-sensitive, you still want to fix a damaged muffler sooner rather than later if you want to drive comfortably.

Low engine oil

Engine oil lubricates your engine’s gears to ensure your engine turns smoothly and efficiently. If you have an older car and don’t do regular oil changes, you might not know if your engine oil is low. An otherwise well-maintained car might also be leaking engine oil, causing your car to run low even with regular oil changes. An engine with low oil levels will wear down quickly as its gears rub against each other. Driving the car in this condition for too long can cause damage to your car’s engine, which can cause lasting damage to your vehicle. 

Grinding noises can indicate that there is a severe issue with your car and should be checked out sooner rather than later to head off long-term damage to your car. It’s always better to be safe than stuck on the side of the road. Call a skilled auto repair shop to ensure that your vehicle is safe to drive.

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