Blogs

My Car Squeaks When I Turn

You start your car and begin to pull out on the road. As you turn the steering wheel to the side, you suddenly hear a squealing noise. You don’t notice any other issues while driving, so now you wonder: should you be concerned?

Power Steering System

The most likely cause of squeaking while steering is an issue with your car’s power steering system. Power steering uses a separate source of power to help you turn your car. In the case of a hydraulic system, a piston controls pressurized fluid that assists in turning in the wheels. Low fluid levels or contaminated steering fluid could result in a squeaking noise while turning.

Worn Serpentine Belt

Most modern cars use one belt to connect the power steering, alternator, and air compressor to the engine. This serpentine belt is critical to operating your power steering system. If the belt happens to break while you’re driving, the steering wheel will immediately become hard to turn, and your engine will begin to overheat. If you suspect that your serpentine belt might be wearing out, it’s important to have your vehicle inspected as soon as possible.

Failing Control Arms, Bushings, or Ball Joints

Control arms, bushings, and ball joints are all important pieces of your car’s suspension system. When any of these are beginning to fail, you’ll likely hear clicking or squeaking when turning your car. If the problem begins to worsen, you may also hear clunking sounds whenever you drive over bumps. If any piece of your suspension system breaks while driving, you could have difficulty maintaining control of your vehicle.

Tire Noise

If you’ve noticed the noise only when you’re driving on certain surfaces, you’re likely just hearing road noise. Certain road surfaces are just more likely to squeak against your tire’s rubber treads. So if you’re hearing that noise just when you’re on a particular road, there’s no need for concern.

While the problem might be small, a squeak could also be a sign of a much larger issue. If you’ve noticed consistent squeaking or squealing while steering your car, it’s best to have your vehicle inspected by a professional. Trust the team of experts at Auto Repair Technology with your steering and suspension needs.

Photo by cavanimages from getty images via Canva Pro