Car making a chirping noise

The car has been making a rhythmic chirping noise. The warning battery and brake light flash occasionally and the steering wheel freezes and the car becomes extremely difficult to turn.
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Hello. The chirping noise you are hearing while the engine is running is something beginning to fail on the engine belt drive. It sounds like something is locking up and stopping the belt from turning, causing the lack of power steering and the warning light to illuminate. Being that this affects the drivability of the car, this should be repaired sooner than later. You will probably need the aid of a mechanic to diagnose your engine’s chirping noise.

How to Identify and Fix Common car Problems ?

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Chirping Engine

The sound usually occurs when a timing or serpentine belt in the engine becomes loose or damaged. Some automotive belts can be adjusted, while others must be replaced. If left unaddressed, loose belts can cause permanent engine damage.

Low Transmission Fluid: For both manual and automatic transmissions, the primary cause for whining when in gear is low transmission fluid. If the fluid is too low, then the internal components of the transmission are not lubricated properly.
Usually, chirping or squealing noises when accelerating indicate a slipped or loose belt. Less frequently, it could point to a misalignment in the drive pulley of the water pump or another accessory. if it has a manual transmission.
Over time, wear and tear can take a toll on the belt and the pulleys, which often results in that high-pitched chirping sounds when you start the car and accelerate. The most common serpentine belt problems include: Worn/Cracked Serpentine Belt – Serpentine belts have grooves which fit into grooves in the pulleys.
(also chirrup, uk/ˈtʃɪr.əp/ us/ˈtʃɪr.əp/) (especially of a bird) to make a short high sound or sounds. [ + speech ] to say something with a high, happy voice: “Morning!” she chirped.
Vehicle Suspension

The squeaking suspension parts are often associated with a lack of lubrication when metal-on-metal wear is happening in connections such as the tie-rods, suspension joints and steering linkage.

Low Power Steering Fluid: If you hear a squealing noise while turning the steering wheel, it may be an indication that the power steering fluid is low. Fluid may become low because of a leak.
Whirring or Whining

Whirring and whining noises from the engine vary as the car runs fast or slow. These sounds can indicate a number of different problems, including a failing water pump, a bad power steering pump, low power steering fluid, a failing alternator, or problems with the air-conditioning system.

Usually this is caused by a leak. A worn out power steering belt can cause a squealing noise because the belt can slip when the wheel is turned. A failing power steering pump can also be the cause of a squealing noise because the system isn`t maintaining the proper fluid pressure.
What sound does a bad water pump make? Any high-pitched sound, or an increasingly loud whining sound as you accelerate is usually coming from the car water pump. The same sound happens when a belt is loose, or the bearings are bad. No matter which of these it is, getting your car to the mechanic is a must.
A few common causes for squeals are low or contaminated transmission fluid, components faults, or internal transmission issues. Automatic transmission use fluid pressure and a series of electronic solenoids and sensors to operate the transmission.
Misalignment: A chirping belt typically indicates an alignment problem between one or more components in the drive . Components that are out of alignment by as little as one degree can create belt chirp as the belt ribs slide down one side of the pulley grooves.
A chirp is the short, high sound a bird makes.
Chirp. A chirp is the “characteristic short sharp sound especially of a small bird” and perhaps one of the quintessential bird sound words in English.
Unusual noises – When shocks and struts are worn out you may hear a clunking or knocking sound. This sound is caused by metal-to-metal contact when the shock or strut bottoms out when hitting a bump. In addition, these noises could be a result in worn shock or strut mounting components.
A squeaky suspension system is not just embarrassing with those squeaking noises and grinding noises, but it is also dangerous and can be extremely difficult to diagnose and fix. Your vehicle`s weight is supported using coil springs, leaf springs or torsion bars.
A humming or whining noise in an automatic transmission vehicle often means that you are low on automatic transmission fluid. If this is the case, you want to refill that fluid immediately. Transmission fluid reduces friction, which means heat, which in turn is bad news for transmissions.

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My car makes a chirping noise while in motion, the noise is more frequent based on how fast I’m traveling.
ANSWER : You should have the brake sensors checked to see if the brakes are worn to the sensor or the backing vent plate is rubbing the rotor. If both are good then you may have a front wheel bearing then is going bad and needs replaced. Only a physical inspection can verify the brakes are good and not cause of noise and the bearing is bad.

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Car makes grinding noise – 1996 Chevrolet Corsica
ANSWER : Hey there, thanks for writing in. I would have a professional mechanic check out the constant velocity joints on your vehicle. One or more of them may be worn enough to cause the noises you describe. S/he can diagnose and replace any failed CV joints.

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My car makes a really annoying noise and sometimes dies right after
ANSWER : Hi there. From the description you have provided your vehicle’s moaning noise and intermittent stalling problem could be any number of things. It could be a failed alternator diode making the moaning noise and affecting the idle.

A failed alternator diode(s) allows voltage to flow both directions or no flow at all resulting in noise heard and erratic electrical operation. It could be a faulty idle air control valve. The idle air control valve can make noise and would account for the erratic idle and sporadic dying. It could be an accessory component, such as an A/C compressor, serpentine belt tensioner, or idler pulley, power steering pump making noise and placing undo load on the engine at idle. If you would like to have this done, a certified professional from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to diagnose the noise and stalling issue.

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car making womp womp noise and pop
ANSWER : A common cause of a noise like that is tire belt (internal) separation, flat spot(s) on tire or other tire defects. If the tires end up being excluded during a diagnostic, the CV axles, wheel bearings, and unfortunately the transmission and clutch have to be considered. The noise on turning is suggestive of a possibly defective outer CV joint but very loose tie rods ends and ball joints can sometimes be implicated. Also, it is possible to have a bad strut bearing, in the strut mount. Keep in mind, a "combination" of faults might be in play here. Your best bet is to request a front end inspection/diagnostic during which the responding certified mechanic will get this resolved for you insofar as identifying the root cause(s) and estimating the repair for you.

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when i turn it make little noise. when press on brake and put on reverse it’s makes weird noise and shakes. thank you
ANSWER : It sounds like you may be dealing with a few issues. I would start by asking if there is a check engine light on? If there is, then getting the engine control module scanned for faults would be the first step to diagnosing the low power issue. As far as the noise over bumps and when turning, there could be a damaged CV joint or axle shaft, or there could be a loose suspension or steering component. Weak motor mounts could cause a weird noise and shake when going into reverse with your foot on the brake, so it’s possible those have failed as well. I would suggest having a qualified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, diagnose the noise over bumps and the noise when put in reverse.

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My car is making a chirping noise when I accelerate and turn right. It stops when I brake.
ANSWER : The noise you are hearing is the power steering belt squealing. The belt is either loose or is glazed, and will need to be replaced. The reason you do not hear it when you are braking is because you are taking the pressure off of the power steering, causing the noise to go away.

You should check the belt for any issues like glazing, cracks, cuts, or if it is loose. If any problems are seen, have a mechanic adjust or replace the belt accordingly. On a side note, studded tires put additional stress on the power steering.

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car won’t start.
ANSWER : A possibility is a faulty ignition switch. If the switch opens after the car starts, the engine will shut off. But, that is just a possibility and a diagnostic would have to be performed to rule that in or out. Be sure you have a fully charged battery that passes a load test. Starters motors can display intermittent operation if they are faulty. With a fully charged battery, if the starter motor does not run that signifies an electrical problem in the starter circuit (includes the ignition switch) or a problem with the starter motor itself. If there is power to the starter motor and yet it doesn’t run, the starter is condemned and replaced. Alternatively, if there is no power to the starter, or there is a big voltage drop anywhere on the circuit to the starter, then the circuit has to be traced until the fault in the circuit is found. Notably, faults can include high resistances, due to corrosion, wire strand breaks, or loose terminals, which can only be diagnosed using a voltage drop test. Regardless of what the underlying cause of the no start condition is, if you desire that a certified mechanic resolve this promptly, please simply request a no start diagnostic and the responding mechanic will get it diagnosed and repaired for you. Please let us know if you have further concerns or questions as we are always here to help you.

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Car makes thudding noise and shudders at low speed
ANSWER : Your car seems to have what is called a "limited slip" rear end which controls the amount of power coming from the drive train to ensure that the power is evenly distributed to both wheels. The limited slip clutch packs will chatter a bit when it is low on fluid or the fluid needs to be changed. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to you to have this shaking issue diagnosed and repaired properly.

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