Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: While driving in town, heard thump and then squeaking

asked by on

After leaving a highway and coming to a stop sign, I made a right-hand turn. After beginning to drive, I heard a thump sound. As I continued to drive, a squeaking noise started; I pulled over to take a look. I looked under, around, all over but did not see anything. I was about one mile from my house, so I slowly drove to there. After getting home, I opened the hood and still did not see anything. Later I drove to the mechanic’s shop which was just right around the corner. He explained to me that I had a spring coil failure. Would you please give me your diagnosis before I proceed with any repairs.

A: Hey there, thanks for writing in about your...

Hey there, thanks for writing in about your 1997 Mercedes Benz E300. Check to see if you see any tilting of the vehicle to one side. You may also notice an abnormal amount of bouncing when driving the car. These are all signs of a broken coil spring. There is generally no way to repair a broken coil spring due to the amount of force they absorb. This is something will need to be replaced by a professional mechanic. If you need help with this, a qualified expert from YourMechanic can come to your car’s location to inspect the noise and assist with repair.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Air conditioner blows hot air. 1995 Mercedes-Benz E300

Hi there, thanks for writing in about your 1995 Mercedes-Benz E550. This could be a variety of issues, such as no pressure or low refrigerant levels, a bad compressor clutch, or a compressor not engaging correctly. Check to see if the...

Q: Squeaking noise in brake pedal

If your brakes are squeaking, this can be caused by a number of different things. The brake rotors could have a surface finish that no longer promotes quiet braking. The brake rotors should have a criss-cross looking surface finish to...

Q: Steering wheel locked.

The loud noise may be due to the fluid has leaked out of the power steering pump. This would make the steering very hard to turn without any power assist. The system has a major leak if it lost all...

Related articles

How Long Does a Distributor O Ring Last?
The distributor is part of the ignition system in your vehicle and its purpose is to route high voltage from the ignition coil to the spark plug. The spark plug then...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...