Why is my car making a whining noise?

If your car is making a whining noise while being driven, you could be experiencing any number of issues. Here are two of the most likely causes.

Bad belts. A whining sound could be a sign that your serpentine belt needs to be replaced. You can check for yourself by lifting the hood and inspecting for cracks, frays and missing pieces.

Low power steering fluid. Sometimes, a whining sound – especially one that occurs when you’ve got the steering wheel cranked – could be indication that your power steering fluid is dry. You can check the level by unscrewing the lid, which has a dipstick attached. The power steering fluid reservoir is located on the front end of your engine, on or near the power steering pump.

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