My Car Makes Noises When I Turn. Now What?
As your car gets older, you will notice more and more issues, especially that you car makes noises. This includes having your car make noises as you turn your wheel. But what causes these problems? This article will take a closer look at some of the most common reasons why your car makes noises as you turn and drive. Quality Assured Collision Center in Long Beach, California is a full service auto body shop and mechanic and we can diagnose and fix the problem when your car makes noises.
1. Turning at Lower Speeds
If you notice your car makes noises as you turn while driving at slow speeds, the problem is likely the result of an issue with your power steering system and/or the suspension. When you notice something like a creaking noise turning at slow speeds, this could mean that you have a worn-out or broken suspension joint. When you notice a whining noise, this could result from a bad belt or damage to the power steering pump.
It is important to keep the power steering fluid at the proper level and changed according to the manufacturer recommended intervals. Doing so will help ensure a longer service life of the power steering pump.
2. Turning at Normal Speeds
Turning at normal speeds and noticing noises like squealing, screeching, and whining could be the result of:
- A loose belt
- Low power steering fluid
- Crack in a hose
3. Turning at High Speeds
There are a few different reasons why your car makes noises when turning at high speeds, such as issues with: wheel bearings, bad coupling, CV joints.
4. Jounce Bushing is Worn Out
Located at the top of the car’s front strut, as these wear out, they can become dry and cracked, leading to a creaking noise as you turn. This is something that should be checked out as soon as possible, otherwise you risk getting into a car accident.
5. Ball Joint is Failing
Ball joints are important because they are responsible for sustaining proper movement as you steer. If these aren’t regularly lubricated, they can dry out leading to a shaking steering wheel as you turn and a creaky noise. Again, regular maintenance is key. Stop in to our mechanics for checkup.
6. Bad Shocks and Struts
Noises as you turn your wheel can be one of the first signs that you notice that there may be an issue with your shocks and struts. These should be replaced otherwise you will notice a bouncing feeling as you turn. A completely failed strut can also cause excessive bouncing when you go over a rough road.
7. Power Steering Fluid is Leaking
You will often notice a very strange noise while turning when your power steering fluid is leaking out. This fluid is important to ensure that your power steering system works optimally.
Any of these issues can be fixed when you go to a reputable mechanic like Quality Assured Collision Center. These issues can vary in seriousness, meaning that the cost to fix these issues can fall within a broad range. If you have any concerns with your car, make sure that you get your car to a mechanic as soon as possible. The longer the issue goes on, the more expensive this problem will become for you. Also, steering issues can result in accidents!
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