Very few of us seem to have any measurable amount of experience when it comes to cars. But you do know when your car makes an odd sound. What is it telling you?

We may not be mechanic experts here at Auto Credit Express, but we did dig up some helpful information to get you going in the right direction. Some of the noises a car makes are typical and not dangerous. These noises may require immediate attention, or may cause you to replace the vehicle completely.

Thump, Click, Clunk

What Does Your Car Say?

We've all had that moment when we're driving: where we need to shut the radio off and everyone in the car has to be quiet as you try to pinpoint some odd sound. Even if you do figure out the exact sound, figuring out the cause is a whole new challenge.

Here are just a few of the sounds that a vehicle may make. Though some may be normal with age, it's always recommended to have a professional check out the problem to make sure it's not a more serious issue.

Squealing When You Brake

This is quite a common noise whether you've heard it from your car or while riding in someone else's. You will usually notice it get more frequent on damp or wet days. What's happening is that your brake pads are pressing against the discs. Other times, in more modern vehicles it is the clip that is causing the sound in the tire well. It could mean time for new brake pads if the sound happens every time you brake.

Hissing When You Idle

A sighing or hissing noise that comes from under the hood when you decelerate and idle could be a more serious issue. It typically indicates that there is a leak of some sort. This is something that should be looked at by your mechanic sooner rather than later. Ignoring this sound could result in paying high prices in repairs.

Ticking While You Drive

Ever hear of pole vaulting vehicles? Well it's really just a myth that started with this very sound. The problem is that the universal joint in your driveshaft is either out of grease, or loose and ready to fall out. On smooth pavement you'll be leaving a shower of sparks, but when you hit a pothole or bump, the car could be forced off the ground and the driveshaft would be pushed into your trunk, likely severing the brake lines on your car. All in all - a very bad situation. Get this looked at ASAP.

As We See It

It's important to heed the sounds your vehicle makes. Catching problems early enough can help keep repair costs low and extend the life of your vehicle. However, sometimes it doesn't matter how soon you catch it; the car's done for. If that's the case and you have no idea how you are going to replace your car, then come to us. At Auto Credit Express we partner up with the best dealers in the nation to bring you the lowest costs no matter your credit. It only takes a few moments to apply and find a dealer in your local area. You'll be back on the road in no time!