Can you describe the noise? Is it a clunk, crunch, screech, squeal, whine, hum, clicking, grinding or popping? The front end of your car can make all of these noises for different reasons because it is so complicated a full of joints and mechanisms that all it to carry the weight of your car, and engine while still allowing your front wheels to spin and carry the engine’s power to the ground, travel with the suspension, and turn sharply to get you into that tight parking spot.
Noise when turning wheel at low speed
If you get noises when turning your wheel at low speed it could be coming from your power steering system or your suspension. If you hear a whining noise when turning your wheel at low speed you could have a problem with your power steering pump. We’ve got a great article about whining noises your power steering pump can make for more information about that. You may also get clunks, pops or creaks when turning at low speeds. Those noises are usually from suspension joints that are worn out or broken. Your suspension system uses bushings on joints that only need to move in 1 plane and ball joints in areas that need to have more flexibility. Since these joints carry the weight of your car and the impact of all the bumps in the road they wear out over time. When they do they allow the metal of your suspension components to rub on frame or attachment point on your car which can clunk and creak as you turn at low speeds.
Noise when turning wheel at high speeds
Usually, noises at higher speeds are problems with bearings, CV joints or differentials. This can include crunching or clicking, humming or grinding noises at higher speeds. Crunching or clicking is often associated a bad CV joint and happens during a tight turn. Humming sounds when turning at higher speeds usually indicate a wheel bearing is going bad and it hums during a turn because it is getting more or less load as the weight of your car shifts. Bad wheel bearings are important to get fixed right away as they can cause uneven tire wear and unpredictable behavior from your car. In extreme cases, they can cause your wheel to wobble or even fall off!
Screeching, Squealing or Whining when turning the wheel
These noises all indicate a problem with your power steering system like a loose belt low power steering fluid. Your power steering system is a relatively simple system in your vehicle. It usually consists of the pump, usually driven by a belt on the front of your motor, the rack or steering gear, tie rods to connect the rack or steering gear to the knuckles where your wheels are attached, and hoses or hard lines to connect the pump to the gear or rack. Over time, some of the seals that contain the power steering fluid can wear down from normal use and cause small leaks. As the power steering fluid leaks out, your power steering pump can start to whine when you turn the steering wheel letting you know it’s low on fluid.
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