Is that noise normal?
Mike’s motoring tips
We don’t always pay attention to a new rattle, click or clunk coming from somewhere in our precious car. The following may help in determining just what is normal or what may require urgent attention by your friendly automotive mechanic. What’s that dashboard creak?
The dash is primarily in plastic. Plastic expands in the sunlight and contracts at night. Therefore on a cold, dark evening the dashboard creak that annoyed you so much during the day might mysteriously disappear. This is a ‘‘normal’’ sound – annoying but normal. What about that tyre roar?
A constant drone from the four corners of the car is normal road noise. You can buy quieter tyre brands. What if the noise is not tyres?
If the drone you are hearing is coming from just one corner of the car, it is highly likely you may have a failing wheel bearing. If the noise has developed slowly and the intensity increases or decreases when deviating from driving a straight line, seek professional advice immediately. But then again . . .
A faint thumping from one particular corner of the car usually indicates a tyre fault and urgent action is definitely advised.