Oceanside Auto Repair

Why does my Volvo make a whining noise?

Why does my Volvo make a whining noise?

If you hear a whining noise from your car's engine, it may mean much the same thing: there's a component that's worn out. If these parts break or wear down entirely, they could cause damage, so hearing a whining sound means that it's time to schedule a service appointment.

  • Damaged alternator

A whining or growling noise is one sound that an alternator in trouble frequently makes. The alternator is driven by a drive belt or serpentine belt that is connected to the crankshaft pulley. In order to generate the power required for lower speeds, the alternator pulley often rotates more quickly than the crankshaft pulley. A whining or growling sound will occur if the alternator pulley is out of alignment with the drive belt or the bearings are worn, both of which can point to an alternator issue. Avoid running a malfunctioning alternator so long that it harms your engine.

  • Car Makes Whining Noise When Accelerating

When you accelerate, your car may whine, which is usually an indication of a transmission issue. Worn-out gears or low transmission fluid as a result of a leak might be the source of whining when accelerating owing to transmission issues. The transmission is the most likely culprit, but whining while accelerating can also be brought on by low power steering fluid or more severe damage, such as damaged alternator bearings, a broken piston, a dysfunctional water pump, or a failing AC compressor.

  • Whining noise from idle car

If your car makes whining noises while it is idling, you most likely have low oil owing to an oil leak or your valves need to be adjusted if they are blocked.

  • Failing water pump

The water pump uses a pulley or belt in its operation, and if this pulley is too loose, it will make a whining sound that some describe as harmonic buzzing. This noise is also caused by worn bearings inside the water pump's motor.

  • Whining noise from the power steering pump

It's likely that the whining sound is just caused by air bubbles that have become caught in your power steering fluid. If you have a suspicion that this is the case, you can verify it by taking off the cap from the reservoir for the power steering fluid and looking to see whether any froth or bubbles have developed.

For over 12 years, Oceanside Motorsports has been an Oceanside staple helping you get back on the road faster than the dealer can. We have continuously trained technicians and offer a lifetime warranty on most repairs. With our Time Saver Service, we can get your car and deliver it to your doorstep once fixed. We can even help arrange to tow if needed. You can also have our free loaner car while your car is serviced! You'll get used to expecting quick, simple, and dependable auto repairs from Oceanside Motorsports!


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