A car with a broken axle will exhibit one or more behaviors, including making a sputtering or clunking noise when its gears are shifted or rumbling and vibrating when the car is accelerated or turning. Note that these are also the symptoms of a car whose axle is merely worn down, and so can be used as warning signs that it is time to replace the axle.Know More
The car's axle health can only properly be determined by a certified mechanic, and the car should be taken to one immediately if it exhibits one or more of the above symptoms. This is because a car with a broken axle cannot safely be driven. After it has broken at the universal joint, the car will only be capable of revving up but otherwise incapable of movement.
The axle can be damaged or broken by being overloaded or by having a bad carrier bearing or by the car encountering a bad bump in the road. A damaged or broken axle may also lead to further damage to the car or injury to the driver and passengers. As with most car issues, the damaged or broken axle should be only be examined by a certified mechanic in order to ensure that no further damage is caused to the car in the course of fixing it.Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance
A car making a whining noise indicates that one or more of the belts in the engine is loose. A belt also runs the risk of slipping or not being seated properly. Belt problems are linked to a number of different parts of the engine itself.Full Answer >
One cause of rattling noises coming from the underside of a vehicle is a component of the exhaust system being loose. This could be a poorly secured heat shield, a loose muffler, broken hangers or ill fitting pipe gaskets.Full Answer >
A whining noise may occur as a result of low power steering fluid, a transmission problem or bad wheel bearings. The most common transmission problem that causes a whining noise is low transmission fluid.Full Answer >
Signs that a car's starter is potentially going out include hearing only a clicking noise when attempting to start the car, the car taking too long to start, and hearing a grinding noise in the car's gears during startup. Figuring out if the car has a starter problem is important in order to prevent a driver from being stranded.Full Answer >