We’ve all had it happen… We drive our car every day and 7 out of 10 trips, it makes “that” sound, but when we drive to the BMW service shop, it purrs like a kitten. But does that mean that we are in the clear? Probably not. Modern luxury cars, especially BMW’s, are made to run like well-oiled machines. Fast, smooth and quiet. So, if you are hearing a sound that seems out of place, or feeling a bump or pull that you didn’t before, you need to head straight to Auto Works of Brandon for an immediate BMW service evaluation. Even if your car won’t replicate the problem, a qualified ASE-certified technician can often detect the issue through a thorough investigation and with the assistance of our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment when you BMW need service.
Angie’s List, a word-of-of-mouth network of the best-rated service companies in any given area, has complied a list of 5 Sounds That Signal Your Car Needs Auto Repairs. As a winner of the Angie’s List Super Service Award, we are happy to share their list with you in the hopes of identifying a few of the more frequently reported issues.
1. Squealing / Screeching upon braking – Potential Repair: New brake pads, rotor resurfacing or replacement
The squealing is most often a sign that the brake hardware is worn, causing the pad to not release properly. This creates excessive heat, thereby causing squealing noises. Some vehicle manufacturers also build in a brake-wear indication system that emits a squealing noise to indicate that brake pads need to be replaced.Installing new brake pads, and resurfacing or replacing the brake rotors, if necessary, will help ensure you’ll be able to stop safely and quietly without causing further damage to your vehicle.
2. Grinding when braking – Potential Repair: New brake pads, calipers and rotors
If you hear grinding sounds when you apply pressure to your brake pedal, it means the pads weren’t replaced in time (no pads are left) or something is rubbing against the brake rotors the wrong way. The brake pads may be beyond their wear limit, they may be coming into rough, uneven contact with the rotors, or it could be something more sinister like brake calipers or pistons grinding against the rotor.If you hear grinding and delay repairs, you’re creating more potential damage and danger.
3. Sputtering / Rumbling / Rattling exhaust noises from under the car – Potential Repair: Exhaust system repairs, exhaust component replacement
Exhaust system repairs can be as simple as reattaching a loose pipe, replacing a corroded pipe section or attaching a new muffler. However, if your catalytic converter (which reduces polluting vehicle emissions) needs work, repairs can be more involved. This problem might be precipitated by a rattling sound while sitting idle (kind of like a box of rocks being shaken).
4. Chirping / Squealing noise from under the hood – Potential Repair: Drive belt replacement
Also known as the serpentine belt, your car’s drive belt is a single belt that transfers power produced by the engine’s revolutions to multiple accessories like the A/C, power steering and alternator. Over time, the belt can wear down and slip, causing a squealing sound.Most often, the sound occurs when the car is started and it may get louder when the engine is revved or the A/C is turned on. A new drive belt is a simple, inexpensive fix, but delaying the repair can create much bigger problems. If the belt breaks you could lose the ability to operate the vehicle safely and have additional expenses to tow your car to the BMW repair shop.
5. Humming / Growling / Roaring noise when driving – Potential Repair: New tires or new wheel bearings
Tires that are beyond their service life can produce a growling or roaring noise when driving, but it can also indicate a more serious issue like a bad wheel bearing. If there is a change in pitch when you adjust the wheel slightly, as if to change lanes, and then back straight again, it is more likely to be the wheel bearings.Get this issue checked out immediately, as a bearing that seizes or comes apart completely can easily leave you and your vehicle stranded on the side of the road with a wheel that won’t move.
Whatever sound you hear, it is never a good idea to take chances with your safety. Bring your car to Auto Works of Brandon so that we can perform a thorough evaluation with our state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. Once we identify the issue, our ASE-Certified technicians will get to work making the necessary repairs so that you will be back on the road, safely enjoying your driving machine. Big or small, as a winner of the ASE Blue Seal Shop of Excellence award, we are equipped to provide you with the very best BMW service and repairs. Call us today.