Car noises to listen out for
Squeaking when you brake
Possible causes: Worn brake pads or brake rotors
When the brakes’ hardware is worn out, you will usually hear a screeching sound when you engage the brakes. This is because the brakes are unable to release properly when the rotors or the brakes are worn – causing friction and heat. Have your brakes looked at and repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage to your vehicle and to ensure you and your passengers are safe.
Grinding noise when braking
Possible causes: Worn brake pads, callipers and rotors
A grinding noise is an urgent signal to see to your brakes. It could mean something is rubbing against your rotors – which is potentially dangerous. It could also indicate you haven’t changed your brake pads on time.
A rattling sound when you idle
Possible causes: Issues in the exhaust system
Have you ever heard a sputtering sound from your car when you drive? Or a noise that sounds like rocks being shaken around in a box when you idle the engine? That could mean your exhaust system needs attention. It could be a simple job, like reattaching a loose hose or replacing the silencer. A malfunctioning exhaust can lead to higher fuel consumption and loss of compression – so have it checked out sooner rather than later.
Humming, growling, roaring sound
New tyres or wheel bearings
A roaring sound is often caused by tyres that need to be replaced. It may be the bearings if not the tyres – which is quite serious. A bearing that completely seizes could result in a wheel that won’t turn at all, leaving you in a difficult position on the side of the road.
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Car of the month
Ford Ranger Raptor
Anything but ordinary…
The new South African-built Ford Ranger Raptor has gained enormous attention online. It’s hardly surprising – it offers SO much more than the standard Ranger, which is why it’s named a high-performance off-road vehicle. What exactly do they mean by “high performance”? Let’s review its specs:
- 2.0-litre bi-turbocharged diesel engine (with 157 kW and 500 Nm of torque)
- 10-speed automatic transmission
- 2 modes for on-road driving: Normal, Sport
- 6 modes for off-road driving: Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Sand, Rock and Baja (Baja named after the desert in Mexico – it’s all about getting that sideways dirt at high speeds)
“Traditionally, 4×4 driving is done at slower speeds to protect the mechanical integrity of the vehicle. With the Ranger Raptor, it soon became clear that this bakkie can handle much, much more.” – Cars.co.za after test-driving the Ford Ranger Raptor
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