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My Engine Is Making Noises… What Does It Mean?

Hearing weird and unusual noises can be scary and alarming, especially if it is coming from under the hood. These things can range anything from a loose component or point to catastrophic damage. If it is coming from the engine in particular, it can be costly. So, read on to learn more about the certain noises that your engine can make and what they may indicate:


If you overheat a clicking or ticking sound, it can be due to poor oil pressure in the engine. You might see the indicator on your dashboard soon after. However, a clicking noise can also signal worn valves or other engine components.

Pinging or Knocking

If you hear pings when accelerating your vehicle, it can be due to a number of factors. First off, you should make sure that you’ve been using the right level of octane fuel. If your manufacturer recommends mid-grade or premium, please use it. Next, knocking can signal an ignition timing problem. To be sure, please have your timing belt inspected to make sure. In some cases, it can be due to engine overheating.


Last but not least, a low rumbling sound can mean that the engine is warm. Bad rod bearings can be the culprit of this low sound coming from your engine. If left long enough, it can damage the crankshaft. 


As soon as you catch an unusual noise coming from your vehicle’s engine, it is best to take your car to Lorentz Automotive for inspections. Our professional team can pinpoint the exact issue and recommend the right repairs for you. Let us help you with all your engine’s needs – please give us a call or visit soon!

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