Tires squeal when accelerating fast, and on braking and turns. The sound that follows when you’re speeding up is skidding against the road as it tries to gain traction. Skidding is also the cause of a squeal. Sharp turns can make the rubber slide on the road surface thus producing a sound. If there are sounds even when taking gentle and smooth turns then you may have underinflated tires that are flexing a lot. Or there could be an alignment issue.
Tire sounds don’t always mean there’s a problem let’s examine why your car squeals when turning the corners.
Reasons why tires become noisy – Tires squeal
They call it peeling out for a reason. When we floor it, tires immediately begin to spin at a much higher rate than they were initially going. The tires slip before they get full traction. Some of the rubber that is present on the tread gets peeled off and left on the road, and you hear that squealing sound effect.
Conversely, hard braking will abruptly slow tires revolving at a much higher speed. When we are accelerating quickly, skid marks and squealing indicates that our tires have dragged along the blacktop rather than rolling, leaving behind some rubber marks.
- Regular and Uneven Treadwear
Tire tread is what gives us enough traction, and the lack of it makes a tire squeal when turning around the corners. Tires are legally considered dangerous at a 2-inch tread depth. However, traction loss may become noticeable at 5/32” Irregular tire wear also indicates several issues with the alignment, wheel, and suspension part damage or wear, etc. All these errors may make the sound and the tire condition even worse than before.
Tires slip sideways during a turn, which is how the car changes direction. There is a difference between the direction the tires as in where they’re pointing and the direction the vehicle is moving in. When the transition happens at higher speeds, the vehicle will slide more often, causing tires to squeal a lot.
- Wheel Misalignment
The wheel alignment is responsible for the position of the wheels towards the ground and one another at the end. If at least one of these goes off, the tires may start to wear unevenly and touch the road at the wrong angle then. This may create a huge chance of irregular noises, including a tire squeal when turning on corners.
Underinflated tires cannot compensate for the physical forces at work during a turn that we make. When a corner is taken on well-inflated tires, they keep their shape better, and in even condition, which allows them to maintain the right amount of contact with the road. If your tires are low on air pressure, the sidewalls flex too much and wouldn’t generate enough traction to turn the car smoothly. More importantly, the rubber will slide sideways more often, causing a squeal then.
- Damaged belt- If the sound of a tire squealing unevenly when turning in corners increases with the speed, the engine belt may get worn out or damaged. It may become one of the major causes of the power steering pump malfunctioning. The main signal of the degrading condition is shown by a heavy steering wheel situated.
Solutions for tires squeal when turning
Regular Pressure Checks
Air pressure is one of the most important and vital things to track, as it’s easily lost. Nail being caught by the tire, and air leak is almost inevitable and a possibility until you notice the issue. Once it is done, it may already be too late if a tire is deflated by 25% then it’s considered to be too dangerous to ride on. The chances of a tire-related crash increase thrice in such cases.
Contact the service organizations
A weird and disturbing sound appears due to the breakdown of certain parts. In this case, often a replacement or a proper adjustment is required. On a few models relying on independent adjustment may be done. However, it’s always vital to get in touch with the service centers for these works.
Driving Habits Control
There may be a tire squeal when we are turning corners, braking, or increasing speed. This is the case because of the driving habits of several people. To ensure that the steering, suspension, wheels, and tires last longer than required make sure to avoid hard maneuvers on them.
- Rapid accelerating.
- Hard braking.
- Hard cornering
- Proper Tire Maintenance Routine
- Tire balance checks and rebalances if needed.
- Tire balance makes the weight distribution within the tires even, as small weights are put on the rim opposite the stiffer rubber spots. Consider balancing the tires after every 3,000-6,000 miles, because it will cost about $6-$20 per tire only.
- Tire rotation.
- Tire when rotating helps distribute the weight evenly on all tires. Consider rotating your tires every 5,000-8,000 miles, it will cost $25-$120, depending on the tire shop or dealership.
- Wheel alignment.
- Wheel alignment completely fits the suspension according to these angles. Because of this, the wheel is positioned towards the ground. Consider aligning the wheels every time inspecting the vehicle or try to replace the suspension parts.
Get your tire pressure checked first. If the noise persists, don’t ignore it and take the car for service to find the source of the problem. You might head off much costlier repairs. Above all, the timely diagnosis of a breakdown or malfunction will be the best thing to do for a safer drive.
My name is Nick, and I am a car mechanic from Wichita, Kansas. And I drive a 1967 Chevrolet Impala.