Reader’s Digest: 10 car sounds you should never ignore

By Morgan Cutolo / Reader’s Digest

No, ignoring it probably won’t make it go away.

You’re driving down the road when all of a sudden, you hear a rattling, grinding, or even a hiss.

These noises can indicate all kinds of things are going on with your car, from the minor to the serious.

Tom Piippo

“Any kind of a different noise your car starts making, it doesn’t mean there’s a problem, but it doesn’t mean it’s OK either.

— Tom Piippo, mechanical division director for ASA and owner of Tri-County Motors in Rudyard, Michigan.

Here’s a guide to common sounds cars make and what they might mean: