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Why does my car squeak when turning?

Ellie Dyer-Brown, 1 year ago

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WhoCanFixMyCar explain why your car might be squeaking when you turn the wheel

Suppose you notice your car has started making a squeaking sound when you turn. In that case, there are three common culprits: a lack of lubrication in the suspension, low power-steering fluid, or friction between the steering wheel housing and the interior trim.

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Car Squeaks Reason 1: Suspension and Steering

When a suspension and steering component has lost its lubrication, it will squeak or squeal when the steering wheel is in motion. If the tie-rod ends, seals, ball joints and universal joints are not lubricated, they dry out. This lack of lubrication causes less than desirable noises. A local garage should be able to source this issue and fix it. Suspension and steering repairs

Car Squeaks Reason 2: Low Power Steering Fluid

When the fluid that powers and lubricates the power-steering system reaches a low level, squealing noises will happen for as long as the steering wheel is not centralised. Check the fluid levels and replenish them if necessary. Should the fluid be contaminated or dirty, this could also cause issues. If adding fluid doesn’t resolve the problem, book your car into your local garage.

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Car Squeaks Reason 3: Driving on Certain Surfaces

Sometimes your car tyres may make undesirable noises when they meet certain surfaces. Unfortunately, there is very little you can do when this happens. So stick up the volume on the radio and keep driving!

Car Squeaks Reason 4: Rubbing Against Interior Trim

If you’ve got a new car, squeaking and squealing may happen when the steering wheel housing in new cars rubs against the interior trim. In hotter weather, the materials expand, filling all the gaps and making noises. The best way to resolve this is to pop into your local garage or body shop.

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Types of Noises and Their Potential Problems

  • Creaks, clunks and squeaks: Any of these sounds indicate worn shocks and suspension. They also indicate dry bushings, ball joints or tie rods. 

  • Metallic grinding or ringing: These noises are usually from components.

  • Crunching when turning sharply: This noise suggests your 

    CV joint needs replacing.

  • Hum: A hum often indicates that the wheel bearing needs to be checked out by your local garage as soon as possible.

  • Screeching, squealing or whining: These sounds often indicate an issue with your power steering system, from a loose belt to a bad pump or low power steering fluid.

What is Power Steering?

power steering system is a simple system in a car. Consisting of three parts:

  • The pump is driven by the belt on the front of the motor.

  • The steering gear – tie rods connect to the steering gear and the knuckles, where the wheels are attached.

  • The Hoses connect to the pump and gear.

As with anything in life, general wear and tear can affect the efficiency of the power steering system. The seals containing the power steering fluid will wear down, causing small leakages, causing the power steering pump to whine and squeal when you turn the wheel.

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If you’re not sure about what’s causing the noises in your car, WhoCanFixMyCar can help you find a garage that will fix your problems and get you on the road again.

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