October is car care month. “It’s important for car owners to listen and act accordingly when their vehicle speaks up,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “By checking out what your vehicle is saying, you can take care of the problem now and avoid a breakdown or more costly repairs later.”
– High-pitched squeal that stops when pressing on the brake pedal is a sign that a vehicle’s brakes should be inspected.
– Grinding sounds could be the result of worn brake pads that should be replaced.
– Thumping that increases and decreases with the speed of the vehicle could mean a tire problem like a bubble in the sidewall or torn rubber that could lead to a blowout.
– Hissing may be caused by a disconnected or cracked vacuum hose.
– Squealing noise while revving the engine could be due to a slipping drive belt. Inspection and repair will allow your vehicle to operate more safely and efficiently.
The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers.
For more information, visit www.carcare.org.