November 4th, 2019 by

We’ve all seen people who can identify a lot of things that are wrong with a car just from hearing it in action for less than a minute. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a pro auto mechanic to be able to recognize if these little noises you’re hearing should be worrisome or not. Cars are comprised of thousands of mechanical parts, and once an imbalance or a problem happens with one of the parts, it can be hard to track if it doesn’t instantly affect the dynamics of the car. This is why noise can be your guide in the dark; it can help you catch a problem before it gets much bigger.

Buzzing or Whining

Usually, the main reasons that cause high-pitched noise are directly related to the state of the fuel pump. Low fuel is easy to spot as it’s the first thing that a fuel pump making noise would indicate. Contaminated fuel could be the initial issue as well, but that’s hard to spot using your eyes alone. Make sure to have the pump checked by a mechanic for any damages as it could escalate rapidly if it’s ignored.

Grinding While Braking

This is another problem that is also indicated by the sounds resulting from applying the brakes in your car. Grinding and shaking of the brakes indicated usually a bigger problem as the probability of brakes failing on you increases. This could either indicate the brake pads being worn out or that the brake rotors are smashing into something they should not. Ignoring this noise could mean that whatever the cause is, it’s damaging caliper, brake hydraulics, or the destruction of the rotor.

Bangs and Sputters

This is also one of the most popular noises as it’s quite loud and very hard to mishear. Once your exhaust pipe sounds like it’s shooting bullets, this means that some fuel is being ignited way beyond its supposed ignition phase. Fuel leaking to your tailpipe could mean that there is a vacuum or an exhaust leak that’s causing it to seep through. If the noises and sputters are coming from the front of the car, it could mean that the engine is having a problem with its ignition or fuel systems. Most commonly caused by old or worn spark plugs or blocked fuel filters.


Knocks coming from the front end of the car could indicate that your engine is having a very bad time. It could either mean a big problem with the engine or something simpler. Soft knocks when the car accelerates are known to be caused by ill-tuned motors or using the wrong type of fuel. It’s recommended to have your mechanic check it out as soon as possible to remedy the situation before it becomes more serious.

The more experienced and older you get in the same car, the more you’ll know about it. Some people are very sentimental about their old cars as they understand which little noise is caused by which problem. As long as you keep listening to your car’s cries for help, you should be able to detect problems as early as possible.