Hearing a Clicking Noise When Driving? Find Out Why.

2023 Honda Passport

Is your car making a clicking noise? This can be annoying when you’re driving around Louisville and Broomfield, but it can also be a sign of trouble with the engine oil, battery, or brake pads. That said, a clicking sound when driving should not be ignored and you should schedule service as soon as possible to get it checked out. Learn more with Fisher Honda, below.

Common Reasons for a Car Making a Clicking Noise

Can you think of when you hear your car making a clicking noise? Depending on whether it happens while you’re driving, braking, or starting the car, the culprit may be different. 

Clicking Sound When Driving – Low or Dirty Engine Oil

If you specifically hear the clicking noise when driving on your local roads and highways, it could be because the engine oil is low or dirty. The engine and its components rely on clean motor oil for proper lubrication. If your oil level is too low or the oil is contaminated, then it cannot lubricate the engine components properly and they can start to tap and grind, which might sound like a clicking noise to your ears. Check your oil and schedule an oil change to take care of the problem.

Clicking Sound When Starting – Failing Battery or Alternator

Do you hear a clicking sound when attempting to start your car? This indicates a problem with the starter system. You might just have a dying battery that needs replacing, or the alternator could be failing. Address the battery first, and if the issue persists, you will need to schedule a further inspection. 

Clicking Sound When Braking – Brake Pad Issues

Do you only hear the clicking noise when you apply the brakes? Often, this means one of the brake pads is loose. A loose brake pad will jiggle and tap against the brake disc, causing that clicking sound. A worn brake pad, on the other hand, will cause a grinding or squealing sound. In either instance, you should have your car serviced without delay because a loose or worn out brake pad should be addressed immediately. 

Schedule an Inspection at Fisher Honda

Put an end to the clicking sound when driving by scheduling service with Fisher Honda! Our service team wants to help you stay safe on the roads of Longmont and beyond. Book online or call us at 303-998-6215.


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