Deciphering Different Sounds Coming from Your Vehicle

Different vehicle sounds can mean several different issues, such as transmission problems or the need for a simple oil change. However, some sounds can cause your vehicle to break down and leave you stranded. Take a look at the different sounds your vehicle might make, so you can prevent a future breakdown.


Whining noises—especially when your vehicle is in reverse—may mean a transmission fluid filter is clogged. This could be a sign of severe transmission problems. Get your vehicle checked out before your engine is destroyed.


Knocking noises often originate with the type of gas running through your vehicle. If your vehicle requires a higher-grade gas, then it may knock when filled with a low grade. Check your owner’s manual for the correct gasoline grade and continue to use that gas for future fill-ups.


Clicking may be a sign of a low oil level. This is not a major problem, and you can remedy it by adding some oil. If the oil level is not the issue, then you may have a problem with oil pressure or an oil blockage.


You may hear a roaring sound every time you accelerate, especially when you reach higher speeds. This could be indicative of a problem with the transmission, the exhaust system, or gear exchange. No matter the reason, a roaring sound should be checked out by a mechanic before you break down unexpectedly and require a tow.


You may hear a flapping sound, as if you have a flat tire. If all your tires are inflated, then you likely have a broken belt in your engine. Most belts are easily replaced. However, ignoring a broken belt can increase damage to your vehicle and cause it to break down prematurely and unexpectedly.

There are so many ways that your car may fail you and break down on the side of the road. If you are in need of a friendly face and much-needed towing service, then look to Barnett’s Towing. We service all of Arizona, so do not hesitate to call us at (800) 722-2302.