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Learn A Lot By Listening To Your Car

El Centro, California (NAPSI) - Drivers who listen closely will find that their car is  actually communicating with them by using a language all  its own.

Sounds such as squealing, thumping, hissing and grinding are all signs  that your vehicle may be trying to tell you something.

That’s the word from the experts at the Car Care Council. While many  motorists are familiar with noises their vehicles make on a daily basis, any  noise that is new, different or suspicious may indicate a problem.

For example, a high-pitched squeal that stops when pressing on the brake  pedal is a sign that a vehicle’s brakes should be inspected. The same  goes for grinding that could be the result of worn brake pads that should be  replaced.

Thumping that increases and decreases with the speed of the vehicle could  mean a trip to your local service center. The diagnosis may be a tire problem  like a bubble in the sidewall or torn rubber that could lead to a blowout.

Under The Hood As Well

Sounds under the hood can also indicate that your vehicle is in need of  attention. Hissing may be caused by a disconnected or cracked vacuum hose. A  squealing noise while revving the engine could be due to a slipping drive  belt. Inspection and repair will allow your vehicle to operate more safely  and efficiently.

“It’s important for car owners to listen and act accordingly  when their vehicle speaks up,” said Rich White, executive director, Car  Care Council. “By checking out what your vehicle is saying, you can  take care of the problem now and avoid a breakdown or more costly repairs  later.

“The number of sounds a vehicle may make is endless, so when your  car is trying to tell you something, it’s important to be alert, listen  carefully and take action,” added White.

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car  Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of  regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For more  information, visit