Help! My Car Makes A Whining Noise When Accelerating

What’s That Screeching Sound?

Do you cringe when you start up your car because you just know you are going to hear that screeching or whining sound? Many car noises can creep up on you, it can be hard to pin point when we start hearing them, but hearing a strange noise can be very stressful. A noise is one of the first indicators that something is wrong with your car – and a whining noise when accelerating can have several different causes

3 Reasons Your Car is Whining

There are typically three main reasons why your car might be making a whining noise, these include:

  • Transmission Issues
  • Power Steering Problems
  • Engine Problems

Transmission Issues

Transmission issues are the primary suspect when your car is making a whining noise. The whining can come from your transmission when gears begin to wear down from constant use, or the transmission fluid is running low from a leak. We suggest regular transmission service and diagnostic checks to make sure your transmission and transmission fluid are in good working order.

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Power Steering Problems

Does the noise occur when you move your steering wheel? Then this could be the culprit. The belt in your steering wheel could have come loose and this could be the reason for the whining noise. If this is the case, it is simple to have this belt tightened.

The whining sound could also be caused by a leak within your power steering system, if this closed system is leaking fluid it could cause catastrophic failure.

Engine Problems

Your engine is complex, and numerous problems within could lead to a whining sound to come from your car. However, it can be hard to say exactly what the problem is without a thorough inspection and knowing the make and model of your car’s engine.

Total Car Care with AAMCO Colorado

There is never a sure fire way to diagnose a strange noise coming from your car without an full system diagnostic. Your car is a huge machine made up of numerous complex mechanisms. If you begin to hear a strange noise, such as whining when you accelerate make sure to record when you think you heard it start, how often you hear it, where you think its coming from and anything else noteworthy about the sound. Having this information will help your mechanic diagnose your problem.

Is your car making a strange noise? Don’t wait – schedule your appointment with one of AAMCO Colorado’s 14 Front Range locations today.

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