Why Does My Car Make Noise When I Turn?

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You know your car is starting to show signs of wear and tear when it starts making new noises when you’re driving on Middletown streets. If you’re wondering, “Why does my car make noise when I turn?” It’s time to learn what those noises mean and what actions you need to take. The service department at Old Saybrook Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM has assembled this guide to common car noises so you’ll feel confident in taking care of any problems when you hear something new.

Common Car Noises When Turning the Steering Wheel

When everything’s working well with your car you won’t find yourself asking, “Why does my car make noise when I turn?”. If you hear clunking, popping, creaking, squealing, groaning, screeching, or whining noises, something is amiss. Many of these issues are common car noises that don’t require professional attention. Others will need New London drivers to make a service appointment at Old Saybrook Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM.

Reasons Your Car Makes a Noise When You Turn the Wheel

This guide to common car noises will help you understand when you need to get that steering wheel noise checked by a professional, and what you can do to fix simple problems:

  • Suspension Joints: If you hear a clunking or popping sound when you’re driving at a low speed, it could indicate worn out or broken suspension joints.
  • Power Steering Pump: If you hear a whining sound that seems to be coming from the engine at low speeds, you might need to have your power steering pump checked.
  • CV Joints: CV Joints are usually the main culprit if you hear crunching noises at high speeds.
  • Power Steering System: A screeching or whining noise while turning at normal speeds could mean an issue with the power steering system. Some of these repairs can be as simple as topping off the power steering fluid. Others can require more in-depth work. The power steering system is complex and a professional is usually necessary.
  • Tie Rods: A clunking noise when turning could indicate a loose or broken tie rod.
  • Sway Bar Link: While the knocking noise might be what catches your attention, poor handling can also signal a failing sway bar link.
  • Ball Joints: These problems are indicated by a creaking noise that gets louder over time.
  • Bushing: If you hear a creaking noise, this part of your suspension system could be in need of lubrication.
  • Struts and Shocks: A noise coupled with a bouncy and loose feel when you drive over bumps in Madison can indicate a problem with shocks or struts.

Find the Cause of Your Common Car Noises at Old Saybrook Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM

There are a lot of noises your car can make. We hope our guide to common car noises has helped make them less intimidating. Whenever you notice an unusual noise coming from your car, or a dashboard warning light comes on, contact the service department at Old Saybrook Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM. We’ll gladly help you get to the bottom of the problem.

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