Listen Up: 5 Engine Noises That Demand Immediate Attention

 In About Cars, Car Maintenance, Car Repair, Driving Tips

Your vehicle’s engine is like the heart of your car. As such, any unusual noises it makes could be a sign that it’s trying to tell you something. Ignoring strange engine noises could lead to more significant problems down the road. At Ashland Automotive, we understand the importance of keeping your engine in peak condition. 

Here are five engine noises that should never be ignored and how we are equipped to address each issue promptly:

Clicking Noises

  • Possible Causes: Ticking valve lifters, low oil levels, or a malfunctioning timing belt.
  • Why You Shouldn’t Ignore It: Clicking sounds may indicate poor lubrication or timing issues, which can result in engine failure.
  • How Ashland Automotive Can Help: We’ll conduct a detailed examination of the valve lifters, check oil levels, and inspect the timing belt. Depending on the issue, we’ll perform the necessary repairs or replacements to ensure optimal engine performance.

Pinging Sounds When Accelerating (sounds like marbles in a coffee can)

  • Possible Causes: Carbon build-up, incorrect ignition timing
  • Why You Shouldn’t Ignore It: Pinging noises can lead to internal engine damage, and can be relatively easy address if done properly
  • How Ashland Automotive Can Help: Our technicians will perform a comprehensive inspection to identify and fix any carbon build-up, or other problems affecting ignition timing, ensuring your engine operates smoothly and performs at its best.

Squealing or Whirring Noises

  • Possible Causes: Worn-out serpentine belt, loose or damaged accessory belts.
  • Why You Shouldn’t Ignore It: Squealing noises usually indicate a problem with the belts, and a malfunctioning belt can cause you to become stranded at the most inopportune time.
  • How Ashland Automotive Can Help: We’ll inspect the serpentine belt and accessory belts, checking for wear and tension. We’ll also inspect your belt tensioner and idler bearings. If needed, we’ll replace the belts and/or bearings to prevent further damage and ensure proper engine function.

Grinding Sounds

  • Possible Causes: Issues with the transmission, brakes, engine, or problems with the clutch.
  • Why You Shouldn’t Ignore It: Grinding noises can be a sign of serious transmission or engine problems that if ignored could lead to costly repairs, or worse, jeopardize your safety.
  • How Ashland Automotive Can Help: Our experienced technicians will perform a thorough inspection to pinpoint the issue. Whether it’s a transmission problem, brake worn-out bearings, or clutch issues, we have the expertise to address and resolve the problem efficiently.

Knocking Sounds

  • Possible Causes: Worn-out engine bearings, or other worn internal rotating components, often caused by ignoring the other noises listed above.
  • Why You Shouldn’t Ignore It: Knocking can lead to severe engine damage if left unaddressed for even one drive. If knocking has occurred the damage is most likely already done, but if you catch it immediately, shut off the engine and call a tow truck. You might have a chance at saving it.
  • How Ashland Automotive Can Help: Our skilled technicians will perform a thorough inspection to identify the source of the knocking and address it promptly. This may mean your engine is expired. It’s better to know, and know early, than not know at all.

At Ashland Automotive, we take engine health seriously. Our team of skilled technicians is equipped with the knowledge and tools to diagnose and repair various engine issues promptly. Don’t let strange engine noises go unattended—schedule an appointment with Ashland Automotive to ensure your car is ready for the road. Your engine will thank you for it.

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