THESE are seven car sounds that could cost thousands to fix if it’s too late – here’s what to watch out for.
It’s almost customary to ignore the squeak under the hood, but letting it go could cost you a few hundred pounds.
That weird sound, but it could be due to a faulty water pump, which pushes the coolant to keep your vehicle from overheating. A new one could set you back £280.
Another sign of a dead water pump is liquid leaking into the street.
And those squeaky wheels? That could be a sign of worn brake pads that could cost £250 to replace.
A rattling sound on your wheels, especially when driving over speed bumps and on rough roads, could possibly mean a problem with your anti-roll bar, which cannot be fixed.
A new anti-roll bar and installation fee could set you back £210.
If your tires make a rattling or grinding sound, especially when you are driving at high speed on a long straight road, it could mean that your tires or wheel bearings need repair.
Usually, a visual inspection will show if something is wrong with the tires – just look for excessive wear, bulges or leaks. If this isn’t visible, it’s likely the wheel bearings you usually need to see a mechanic.
The average replacement cost in the UK is £200 per bed. If those are your tires, they should be replaced.
Another tiring sound is the clicking sound when you try to turn the wheel.
This could mean there is a problem with your CV (constant pace).
The CV connection connects the front axle with the wheel for turning.
They are covered by a rubber boot where problems often occur. When this is damaged, dirt and moisture can enter and affect the joint – grease can also leak, affecting the lubrication of the joint.
If you find it fast enough you will be able to fix it but a full replacement can cost £200.
Squeaking near your engine means there is a problem with your alternator belt, also known as the drive belt.
It transfers power from the engine to other parts of your vehicle including alternator, air conditioner, steering and others.
An alternator belt replacement costs an average of £150, depending on the make and model of your car.
A rattling exhaust, which could indicate a crack inside, could cost you £125 or £100.
Moaning while turning can also cost £300.
If you hear a loud groan as you turn the steering wheel from under the hood, chances are your power steering fluid is low.
The power steering fluid makes it easier for you to turn the wheels thanks to the increased pressure around the rack-mounted pistons. Another sign is that it is difficult to turn the steering wheel.
Refilling the power steering fluid yourself will only cost you between £10 and £15, but if you need a flush and replacement the UK average costs around £115 – if the fluid is black or brown you may need a flush.
Ignoring this issue could result in damage to the power steering pump itself, which could cost you up to 300 pounds back, so make sure you have your car checked if you’re concerned.
Simon Naylor, Director at Wessex Fleet, advises familiarizing yourself with the normal operation of your car and immediately diagnosing any unusual noises.
“While car maintenance can be expensive, whether you rent or own the car, it’s important that you listen to any noise your vehicle may be making,” he says.
“Sorting this sooner rather than later can save on subsequent errors and increase repair bills.”