Know the Potential Causes of Your Vehicle Making a Squealing Noise


The only vehicle noises we want to hear are the purr of the engine as we enjoy a quality ride in our Lincoln sedan or SUV. Other noises are unpleasant, and unwelcome, especially when our vehicle starts making a squealing noise. You should get to a service center as soon as possible to diagnose the issue, but we also think you should know what the common causes might be.

  • If it squeals while you turn the steering wheel, it could be low power-steering fluid. It's what lubricates the steering, and the noise can persist if the steering remains off-center. Checking the fluid could be a solution.
  • Squeals while turning could also be a suspension issue, like shocks, tie-rod ends, seals, ball joints, or universal joints that are in need of lubrication.
  • There also could be something rubbing up against the interior trim of the vehicle, which a service center can check out for you.
  • If you hear your vehicle squeal while accelerating, it could be related to your belt. In this case, you'd probably hear it while the vehicle is idle, too, or just turned on in colder weather. That means its worn or loose, and getting it fixed or replaced is always a good idea.
  • Worn alternator bearings could also be a culprit, and in that case you will likely need them to be replaced, too.
  • If you hear the squealing noises when you apply the brakes, that could mean many things. In wet weather, it might just be when applied to wet wheels, but if it is dry and they are squealing, it might be time for a brake pad change.

To schedule an appointment for service with us, contact us or fill out our form online and we'd be happy to have you in and take a closer look at the issue today.

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