Why Does My Car Make Noise When I Turn?

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There are many common car noises you could be experiencing on Mission Hills roads. Experiencing noise when you turn is just one of those common car noises! Why does your car make noise when you turn, though, exactly? Is it reason enough to worry? A car that’s making noise when you turn could be indicative of various things. Read on to learn more, or visit our service center near Cerritosfor an official diagnosis!

Common Car Noises When Turning the Steering Wheel

Creaking. Groaning. Squealing. Screeching. Whining. Clunking. Popping, even. No, we’re not talking about your child. We’re talking about common car noises your steering wheel may make when driving around West Hollywood! We often get asked “Why does my car make noise when I turn?” here at the Toyota of Downtown LA service center. The answer is it could be something relatively minor or something more serious. We have answers below, so keep reading.

Reasons Your Car Makes a Noise When You Turn the Wheel

Finally, an answer to your question “Why does my car make noise when I turn?” is here. But it’s more complex than maybe you’d hoped for, because steering wheel noise can happen from so many different things, including but not limited to:

Steering System Issues

  • Power Steering Pump: A whining heard at low speeds that sounds as if it’s coming from the engine often is caused by power steering pump issues. 
  • Power Steering System: A screeching or whining noise that you hear while you’re turning and driving at normal speeds could indicate issues with your vehicle’s power steering system. Your steering fluid could be low, for instance. The hoses, belts, or more, that are part of your steering system, though, can also fail over time, requiring replacement.

Suspension System Issues

  • Suspension Joints: Clunking, creaking or popping sounds heard at low speed could be indicative of worn out or broken suspension joints. 
  • CV Joints: Driving at high speeds and hearing crunching generally happens when the CV Joints in your vehicle are in need of replacement.
  • Tie Rods: A loose or broken tie rod generally results in you hearing clunking noises.
  • Sway Bar Link: Knocking noises heard while you are turning and/or poor handling can indicate sway bar link issues.
  • Ball Joints: If the ball joints are the issue at hand, then you will probably hear a creaking noise that gets louder over time. 
  • Bushing: Bushings are a part of your suspension system that can either need lubrication or replacement as you drive your vehicle longer. A creaking noise is commonly heard when your bushings are the culprit of your car issues. 
  • Struts and Shocks: Does your vehicle feel bouncy or loose over bumps or floaty in general? Your shocks and struts could need replacing.

Find the Cause of Your Car Noises at Toyota of Downtown LA

Have we answered the question “Why does my car make noises when I turn?” adequately? We hope so! We here at Toyota of Downtown LA want to be here for all of your maintenance and repair needs. Contact us to learn more, or schedule service online now. We’re here to help!

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