Most drivers have heard their cars make weird noises. Sometimes they can be ignored, but certain noises call for action.

Take a note of the time of day, temperature and speed you are going, as this may indicate what the problem is.

Also be aware of other aspects of your driving experience, such as whether you were driving over bumps and what gear you were in as well as whether you were braking or accelerating.

Having roadside assistance set up can give you peace of mind in case something does go wrong, but you may want to fix your car at the onset of an issue to save time, money and stress.

Clicking noise

If you hear a sharp noise when you speed up, it could be coming from a loose wheel cover, stuck valve lifter, low engine oil, a loose or bent fan blade or axle or something may be stuck in your tyre such as a nail.

If the clicking noise is coming from the steering column, it could mean your car has a worn CV joint, low power steering fluid level or worn bearings inside the steering column.

If you are having any troubles with the steering wheel column, you need to get it looked at as soon as you can.

Whining or grinding sounds

If you hear these sounds from the gearbox or drive axle, steering column or radiator, your car may have low oil levels – this requires urgent attention – especially if there are warning lights displaying on your car dashboard when you start your car. If you see oil light displaying on your dashboard then best check the oil level straight away, if your oil is low then you’ll need to top it up and take your car to a mechanic to have it checked as you may have an oil leak in the engine. It’s important to have oil leaks fixed otherwise you could risk expensive repair costs replacing the whole engine!

Other whining or grinding sounds could also be a sign of worn gears and bearings, but it is best to get it checked by a professional.

High pitched screeching noises can also occur from the brake pedal, which means the pad has worn away or there could be a stone or break dust between the brake pedal. This also requires immediate treatment. However if the high pitch screeching stops it may still be a good idea to have your car checked by a mechanic to help prevent any major costly repairs to your car’s brakes further down the track.

Loud screeches

Screeching noises can indicate your brake pads need to be replaced or there could be a stone or brake dust between the break pedal. It’s important you follow up on this and have your car checked by a mechanic to help prevent any major costly repairs to your car’s brakes further down the track.

If these noises are coming from the engine belt, it can mean one of two things. If it screeches regularly, the belt might be dry or cracked and will need to be replaced.

However, if it is only noisy when you drive through puddles or there is lots of moisture in the air, it may only need to be adjusted.