Regardless of whether you bought or leased an automobile from our Massachusetts BMW dealership, we’re always happy to answer your questions. Over the years, we’ve noticed that car noises are one thing that pique the interest of many motorists. With this in mind, we thought it would be a good idea to discuss some car noise and what they might mean.

Here are some common sounds drivers sometimes hear and their possible meanings:

  • Squealing: There are two primary reasons a car may squeal. If the sound is coming from your wheel wells, it probably means your brake pads are worn and you need new ones. If the sound is emanating from under your hood, it may be a sign that your serpentine belt is loose, worn, or about to fail. This can be a big problem because your serpentine belt is what powers your automobile’s major systems.
  • Rur, Rur, Rur: If you hear this noise when you start your engine, it’s an indication that your battery is losing power and it’s having trouble turning the engine over. A slow engine crank coupled with this noise often means your battery is about to fail. Don’t wait for your battery to fail altogether. Be proactive and bring your car into our BMW service center near Lynnfield, MA for a battery test if you hear “rur, rur, rur” when you attempt to start your car.
  • Squeaking: Do you notice squeaking when you turn your car to the right or left? If so, it’s probably an indication that your power steering fluid is low.

To learn more about car noises and their meanings, visit BMW of Peabody today. We’ll be happy to take a look at your vehicle to ensure it’s in great shape.