New research from Wessex Fleet shows eight car noises which could cost over £1,700 to fix. They recommend checking them immediately to ensure the safety of yourself and your car, especially before the summer holidays.
The priciest noise is when a loud groaning noise is made when turning the steering wheel.
This is when the car is low on power steering fluid, which will only cost between £10 and £15, but if a flush and replacement is needed, the average UK is cost is around £115.
Ignoring the issue could result in damage to the power steering pump itself, which could cost as much as £300.
A clunking sound by the wheels could be an issue with the anti-roll, which connect the suspension and help to reduce body movement when going around corners.
If there is a rumbling from the bottom of the car, particularly when travelling at speeds, this could be an issue with the tyre or wheel bearing.
Usually, a visual inspection will show if anything is wrong, such as excessive wear bulging or a puncture, and if these aren’t visible, it may be the wheel bearing.
A replacement of the wheel bearing costs around £200 per bearing. To help cut down on the chance of wheel bearings being faulty, avoiding curbing the car greatly affects lifespan.
Drivers could be set back a further £200 if there is clicking sound when turning, as this is a clear sign of an issue with the constant velocity joint.
These joints connect the front axle with the wheels for turning and when these are damaged, dirt and moisture can get in and affect the joint.
A squealing from the bonnet is likely an issue with the alternator belt or drive belt, which transfers power from the engine to other parts of the car, including the alternator, air con and steering.
Even with a snapped belt, the car will still be able to drive, but some components won’t work and a replacement costs on average £150 depending on the car make and model.
The cheapest of the eight noises is a rattling exhaust, which will cost £125, although drivers can check themselves by tightening any fittings that seem loose.