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October 8, 2021

Worried About Those Odd Noises Your Car Makes?

One fine day while you’re driving your way to work, you hear an unfamiliar noise coming from your car as you accelerate. You turn your music off and continue driving. But the noise won’t go away and you have no idea what’s causing it.

Learning to identify car noises is helpful, especially when you find yourself in a situation like the one we just described. Any of those noises could mean that your automobile is in trouble and that you should check it ASAP. Getting your car fixed sooner rather than later will save it from major damages, which could cost you hundreds of dollars.

With that said, Veteran Car Donations presents eight common car noises and what each of them might mean:

  1. Hissing

If you notice a hissing sound from under the bonnet, there might be a fluid leak entering a hot part of your engine. In many instances, it’s the radiator coolant leaking onto the exhaust manifold or engine block. Another possible cause is a vacuum leak from one of the small hoses around the engine’s air intake. You may be able to determine this when you hear the noise as you accelerate.

  1. Rattling

Rattling noises inside a wheel or underneath your car may mean that something is loose. It could either be a lug nut in a hub cap or a part of the exhaust system. Either way, you’ll need to take your car to the auto mechanic as soon as possible when you hear this noise.

  1. Clunking

A clunking noise when you turn corners indicates an issue with the tires and wheels, or perhaps a damaged wheel bearing. If you hear it while using the brakes, you might be having a problem with your brake discs, pads, or calipers. It can also be a worn-out suspension or a loose part of the exhaust, particularly when you drive over a bump.

  1. Clicking or tapping

Your car is telling you that its engine is running low on oil when it produces a clicking or tapping noise. The noise may also indicate that your engine is worn out, especially if you don’t service your car regularly. However, some engines can still work properly despite producing annoying ticks. The noise eventually goes away once the engine warms up.

  1. Whistling

Whistling noises are indicative of a vacuum leak in your engine. Although the problem can be quite tricky to detect, fixing it only takes a few simple steps.

  1. Roaring

When you accelerate and you suddenly hear roaring noise from your car, you might want to stop and take a look at your exhaust system. It must have turned rusty or become so worn-out to the extent that the muffler is no longer able to keep your car quiet. While an exhaust problem doesn’t stop your automobile from running, it can allow exhaust emissions to get into the cabin, which is why you should still get it examined.

  1. Grinding

A grinding sound from your gearbox normally suggests an issue either with the clutch thrust bearing, shafts and gears inside the transmission, or the clutch itself. If the sound originates from the brakes, there might be something wrong with the brake pads and brake disc rotors.

  1. Banging

A loud bang coming from the exhaust pipe could mean a major exhaust or vacuum leak, or a problem with the catalytic converter. If the noise comes from the front of your vehicle, you might need to have your mechanic inspect the engine’s fuel, ignition, or exhaust system.


You Can Turn Your Clunker into a Life Changer for Our Vets

Do you have an old car that’s giving you lots of headaches and drying up your bank account with its many costly repairs? Did you know that you can easily free yourself from the hassle of having such a clunker? All you have to do is contact us at Veteran Car Donations and hand over that jalopy to us. We’ll use your donated vehicle to improve the living conditions of the struggling veterans in your local area.

We serve as the online vehicle donation platform of IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are fully committed to serving our nation’s disadvantaged and underserved veterans. We sell vehicles donated to us and use the proceeds to help fund the vital programs and services of these nonprofits. They provide deserving veterans with free quality health care, financial aid, housing assistance, employment opportunities, family support, educational scholarships, psychotherapy services, and many other benefits.

As a donor, you get to enjoy valuable perks, one of which is getting entitled to receive the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season. You also don’t need to pay for our pickup and towing services. We offer them for free to our donors in all parts of the United States.

Above all, you’ll have the ultimate pleasure and satisfaction of doing something extraordinary that can help uplift the lives of our nation’s heroes.

We take almost all types of vehicles, regardless of their age or condition. Apart from standard cars, we accept RVs, motorcycles, mopeds, boats, jet skis, golf carts, snowmobiles, company trucks, and many others. They don’t even have to be in good condition.

For more information on our vehicle donation program, visit our FAQs page. Should you have any inquiries or concerns, you may call us at 877-594-5822 or write to us here.


Touch Hearts of Our Heroes Today!

You can turn a car that’s no longer useful to you into a meaningful gift for our hurting heroes. Such a donation will surely touch their hearts and help transform their lives. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our online donation form now!

Veteran Car Donations operates in all 50 states.

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