If you hear a squealing noise when you turn your vehicle, it’s trying to tell you something is wrong. After all, it never made that noise before, right? The sound you hear may becoming from a few sources. Let’s take a look (or a listen) to some of the possibilities.
First, you almost certainly have power steering in your vehicle. Without power steering, you practically have to have arms like Arnold Schwarzenegger to turn, so automakers have technology to assist your steering, either mechanically or electrically. For a long time, the most common power steering has been hydraulic, using a belt to supply power from the engine that turns a power steering pump full of a fluid that helps you steer.
Sometimes that fluid gets low because of a leak or some other problem. The belt could wear out and start squeaking, and you might feel the steering start to become harder. Your service repair facility can figure out the problem and offer some solutions.
Another cause could be in your suspension. Some components may not be getting lubricated like they should. Or you may be hearing your tires squealing when you are turning.
Properly working steering is a huge safety factor for your vehicle’s operation. Your steering affects handling, vital to your well-being as well as that of drivers around you. So take your vehicle over to your repair facility and have it checked out. You’ll be doing everyone on the road—including yourself—a big favor by listening to your vehicle. When it comes to steering, silence really is golden. Get that squealing repaired and get back to safe driving.