What Does That Sound Mean?


Drivers visit our Houston, TX Honda dealership for a wide array of reasons. Some visit because they’re shopping for a new or pre-owned Honda car while others stop by to pick up a part or talk to our finance experts. Another reason people visit our convenient location is to ask what a given car noise might mean.

Vehicles make noises, some of which are to be expected and others that are reason for concern. Sounds like the wind whistling around your exterior mirrors are nothing to worry about. In fact, you’ll probably get so used to sounds like that you won’t even notice them after a while.

The time to worry is when you hear a new sound that stands out from the norm. Resist the temptation to ignore strange noises coming from your car. If you ignore these sounds too long, what may be a simple issue to fix can quickly become a bigger, more expensive problem.

Here are some odd sounds that indicate you should bring your vehicle into our Honda service center near Cypress, TX:

  • Clunking when you step on the brake pedal: If you hear clunking when you press the brake pedal, it’s an indication that a brake caliper isn’t mounted properly or that it’s missing. Either way, the problem needs to be addressed quickly.
  • Popping coming from your engine: This sound can be caused by a number of issues, such as worn spark plugs, a damaged catalytic converter, or a clogged fuel filter. When it comes to your engine, it’s never a good idea to put off seeking the help of professionals when you hear an odd sound.
  • Squealing when you speed up: Squealing when you accelerate is often a sign that at least one belt is loose or slipping, a problem that needs to be fixed sooner rather than later.

To learn more about odd car noises and what they might mean, visit Gillman Honda Houston now.

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