Trying to determine if and when your car needs maintenance can be tricky for a lot of home owners. One way to know is by listening to your car. Various odd and new noises can signal it’s time for maintenance.

According to CarCare.org, if you hear a noise that seems to be new, or not one of the usual sounds your car makes, it could signal a potential problem.

To determine what the problem might be, listen to the type of sound.

For example, a squeal when pressing on the brakes can signal a brake issue. A grinding when pressing on the brakes can mean the brake pads are getting worn down.

Thumping, according to CarCare.org, could signal a problem with the tires.

Hissing or squealing coming from under the hood can mean there’s a problem with a hose or a belt.

If you hear any noise that sounds unusual you should take your car in for maintenance to determine the cause of the noise.