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What’s That Sound? Five Car Noises You Shouldn’t Ignore

The Causes and Solutions to Five Concerning Car Noises

Whether you are concerned about squealing brakes, a noisy steering wheel or a rattling car noise you can’t quite put your finger on – certain sounds shouldn’t be ignored.
Below, we have covered five worrying car noises and the best solution for resolving them.

Squealing Brakes

Typically a sign of worn-out brake pads, squealing brakes are the sound of the vehicle’s calipers grinding against the rotors. Damaged brakes must be taken seriously, as operating a vehicle without fully functioning brakes is a risk to yourself and other road users. As such, it is crucial that you get your brakes looked at or replaced by a mechanic as soon as possible to ensure your car is road-worthy.

Thudding Wheels

The sound of thudding coming from your wheels can be a rather worrying thing to hear. However, the problem is often the result of low air pressure, which can be easily resolved by pumping the tyres to the vehicle manufacturer’s recommended pressure level. If this doesn’t fix the issue, you may have a problem with the alignment of the tyres, and as such, will require the car maintenance services of a mechanic.

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Scratching Windshield

Windshield wipers making an annoying screeching sound? Then they likely need replacing due to having worn down. Old windshield wipers should typically be changed as soon as possible, as worn-out wipers can affect visibility in poor weather and scratch your windshield, which may lead to an expensive replacement bill.

Removing and installing new windshield wipers can often be carried out without the assistance of a professional, though there is no shame in hiring someone to help if uncomfortable doing it yourself.

A Noisy Steering Wheel

Having an issue with your steering wheel making noises when you turn can often be due to the CV joints and the grease that lubricates the axles having worn away. As a result, the joints will need replacing before the axles become affected, as these can be expensive to replace.

Rattling Car Noise

A rattling car noise can often be one of many issues, though it is typically due to the exhaust system. Issues such as cracks or blockages in the system are a common cause of rattling noises, though it is always best to visit a mechanic to diagnose the cause of the issue.

We hope that our guide to worrying car noises has given you an idea of what to do when your vehicle starts making unfamiliar sounds. AT TCM Tuning, we offer a range of professional services, including car tuning and car diagnostics to ensure your vehicles remains in excellent condition. To learn more about our car maintenance services, call us today on 07581 033 606.

7 Security Tips to Keep Your Car Safe

Achieve greater peace of mind with these essential car security tips

Your vehicle is likely to be one of the more expensive items you own, so finding ways to keep your car safe is crucial for its protection as well as helping keep your insurance premiums down.

Below, we’ve gathered together seven car security tips to help protect your vehicle from any unwanted attention.

Park in a Safe Location When Possible

Whilst not always possible, parking in a safe area can help to protect your car and could even make a difference to your insurance premiums. When at home, park in a garage or as close to your property as possible. While when out and about, try to park in a well-lit spot and as close to a public area as possible.

Fit an Immobiliser

Designed to prevent your vehicle’s ignition or starter pump from starting without the correct code, an immobiliser can be a great option for reducing the risk of car theft.

Here at TCM Tuning, we are proud to offer the Ghost II Immobiliser from Autowatch – one of the leading car immobilisers currently on the market. An impressive piece of security equipment, the Ghost II Immobiliser is the ideal solution to keep your car safe.

Protect Your Wheels

Modern vehicle wheels are a common target for thieves due to their cost and accessibility. To help counter this growing problem, consider fitting locking wheel nuts to protect your car’s wheels from theft.

Avoid Leaving the Car Running

While perhaps one of the more obvious car security tips, avoiding leaving the car running when you nip into the house or quickly visit a cash point is crucial. While it can be tempting to momentarily jump out of your car, it only takes a split second for a thief to act and your vehicle to be gone.

Keep Valuables Hidden

Avoid giving would-be thieves the temptation to break into your vehicle by ensuring all valuables are either well-hidden or removed. A quick check over your car whenever you leave will help reduce the risk of both losing items and potential damage.

Keep Your Keys Safe

Whether at home or out-and-about, ensuring you keep your car keys safe is another crucial safeguard, as when it comes to car theft, getting a hold of keys is often the easiest way of stealing a car.

Fit an Alarm

Installing an alarm if your vehicle doesn’t have one, or even fitting an additional one if it does, can act as a good deterrent when it comes to helping keep your car safe.

Having an alarm will also likely see you offered a better rate on your insurance if fitted professionally, helping you save money in the long run and further protecting your vehicle.

We hope our seven car security tips have provided you with some good ideas for keeping your vehicle safe. At TCM Tuning, we offer a range of professional services to help protect your car from potential thieves. To learn more about our car safety services, call us today on 07581 033 606.

Your Complete Guide to Sustainable Driving

Learning to drive more sustainably can be a great way to lower fuel consumption, reduce pollution and save money alongside several other benefits.

To help highlight these eco-friendly driving tips, we have gathered many of them together to provide you with our helpful guide to sustainable driving.

Avoid speeding

When driving on the motorway, it can often be tempting to accelerate to a higher speed than is necessary. However, the faster you push your car, the more power it requires, which ultimately means more fuel consumption. Reducing your speed by a few miles per hour can result in using less fuel.

Avoid rapid acceleration and deceleration

Alongside speeding, repeatedly accelerating and decelerating at speed will also increase your fuel usage. Both require large amounts of energy, which is quickly lost when either slowing down after accelerating or speeding up again once you have decelerated. 

Rather than doing everything at speed, try to accelerate at a slower pace and decelerate gradually where possible rather than braking too harshly or aggressively.

Turn off the engine when waiting

Waiting in your vehicle with your engine running can end up unnecessarily burning through fuel – between one to two litres per hour. Compare this to the tiny amount of fuel it takes to restart your car, and it is clear to see what the best option is.

Plan routes in advance

Before taking any trips, try to plan in advance to ensure you take the best route available and, when possible, combine a number of trips into one, as this will help you save both time and fuel. Restarting an engine from cold several times for different journeys typically takes up much more fuel than a single trip covering the same distance.

Check tyres

Making regular checks to ensure your tyres are inflated properly will help improve your car’s mileage, as well as reduce potential risks. A straightforward test with a pressure gauge to ensure your tyres meet the recommended level only takes a moment and is one of the easiest steps you can take to improve safety and drive sustainably. 

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Oil choice 

When buying motor oil, it can often be tempting to pick the cheapest option available. However, ensuring you choose a quality motor oil recommended by your car’s manufacturer can make a huge difference, especially when it comes to improving mileage efficiency.

Avoid a heavy vehicle

Overloading your car, whether with a bike rack or possessions in the boot, will have an impact on its overall efficiency. This extra weight requires the vehicle to work harder, and so more power is needed, ultimately using up more of your fuel.

Simply keeping your car clear of waste and unnecessary items, as well as removing any racks which are not immediately required will go a long way to cutting back on excess weight.

Replacing old parts

As the parts on your vehicle age, they naturally become less efficient. Regular car tuning and maintenance will allow you to keep an eye on which parts may need replacing to ensure you are not wasting unnecessary energy, which makes driving sustainably a much easier undertaking.

Consider alternatives

Looking at alternatives can be a good option for ensuring your travel impact is much more sustainable. Simply walking or cycling to your destination, whenever possible, will not only save you money and reduce pollution, but it can also help improve fitness. While when you are unable to walk or cycle, public transport can also be an ideal alternative for lowering your environmental impact.

However, when walking or public transport are not viable options, consider driving outside of peak times. Avoiding the rush hour can help shorten your journey time and see you spend less time idling in traffic.

Consider your options when upgrading

Simply buying a new vehicle for sustainable driving is out of reach for many, but when the time does come to upgrade, consider a more eco-friendly driving option to help do your part. 

Going all-electric or hybrid is a much more fuel-efficient option as well as being more environmentally friendly.

Sustainable Driving Guide: Final Thoughts

We hope our guide to sustainable driving has helped highlight several options worth considering for a more eco-friendly way of life.

At TCM Tuning, we offer a range of professional services, including car tuning, diagnostics and security to ensure your vehicle remains in excellent condition. To learn more about our car maintenance services, call us today on 07581 033 606.