Pulling Over vs. Driving to a Gas Station: What Car Noises Should You Keep Track of?

Knowing How To Determine Car Noises

Car noises can be problematic sometimes. However, if you don’t know much about the noises you’re hearing, you might think it’s nothing and keep driving – or worse, you might stop when you should have kept driving, only to find that your car no longer starts, and you’re stranded.


If the car starts to squeal while you’re braking, chances are there’s something wrong with the brakes, and you should pull over – especially if you already find that the breaks don’t feel as secure as they did. If you continue driving in this case,  then you might be faced with a situation where you’d have to brake hard and your brakes would fail.


Chirping noises while you accelerate are not usually that bad, but they can mean that a drive pulley is misaligned or the belt is slipping. The best thing to do in this case is keep driving your car while avoiding sudden acceleration, and getting the problem checked at the first gas station.


Hissing sounds coming from the engine usually mean that your engine is overheating or leaking coolant. The best course of action would be to pull the car over safely, stop the engine, check the temperature gauge, and call a mechanic to take a look at it and possibly help you get your car to the nearest repair shop.  It’s good to know that there are additional driving classes in Orange County for vehicle maintenance for the different systems on your vehicle.