Why Does My Car Make Noise When I Turn?

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Strange car noises are far from uncommon in aging vehicles, and you’re certainly not the first to wonder, “Why does my car make noise when I turn?” Since this issue can be traced back to many different causes, it’s important to be informed before you schedule service at your local Butler Auto Group service center.

Common Car Noises When Turning the Steering Wheel

Although there are many common car noises, the truth is that your vehicle shouldn’t really be making much sound as you drive. If you hear any of the following, you’re probably dealing with a serious issue:

  • Clunking
  • Popping
  • Creaking
  • Squealing
  • Groaning
  • Screeching
  • Whining

Possible Causes

In truth, there are an enormous number of potential causes when you’re hearing a strange noise inside your vehicle. Here, we’ve detailed some of the most common:

  • Suspension Joints: If you notice creaking, clunking, or popping, especially at lower speeds, you might be dealing with worn or broken suspension joints.
  • Power Steering Pump: Your power steering pump might begin to whine as it reaches the end of its days when you’re traveling at low speeds.
  • CV Joints: If you’re taking turns at high speeds, a crunching noise might indicate damaged CV joints.
  • Power Steering System: If you’re turning at normal speeds, and you notice a screeching or whining noise, you’re probably dealing with a power steering issue. You might just need more fluid, but you could be dealing with a more difficult problem.
  • Tie Rods: A loose or broken tie rod will often make a clunking noise when you turn.
  • Sway Bar Link: Your sway bar link may knock when it starts to fail. If this is the issue, you’ll probably also notice poor handling.
  • Ball Joints: Broken or damaged ball joints will most likely produce a creaking sound as they weaken.
  • Bushing: The bushing joints in your suspension system require regular lubrication and replacement. They could cause a creaking noise if they’re not cared for.
  • Struts and Shocks: Increased noise coupled with loose or bouncy ride quality often indicates a problem with your shocks or your struts.

Let Your Local Butler Auto Group Service Team Get to Work!

We’ve done our best to answer the question, “Why does my car make noises when I turn?” but at the end of the day, there’s no substitute for a professional’s touch! Schedule service at your local Butler Auto Group service center to get the inspection that you need. Don’t hesitate to contact our team with questions.

The best way to prevent common car noises is to stick to your recommended car maintenance schedule! Find out how to check your brake fluid or when to change your oil, today.

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