Engine Noise and What it Can Indicate

Hearing a strange noise coming from under the hood of your car can be a cause for concern. You may be uncertain if the problem is as simple as a loose component, or if it is pointing to something much more severe. If the noise is coming from the engine, this is usually a motor problem. Here are some of the most common types of noises and what they can indicate: 

Engine Clicking Noise

A clicking noise when you rev the engine is usually a sign of either low oil pressure, excessive valve lash, or worn/damaged engine parts. 

Engine Pings or Knocks When Accelerating

A pinging or knocking sound when accelerating can be caused by a number of different things, including ignition timing problems, engine overheating, carbon buildup, or low octane fuel. 

Low Rumbling or Knocking Sound

If you hear a low rumble or knocking noise when the engine is warm, the most likely cause may be a bad rod bearing on the crankshaft (which may lead to bearing failure and/or rod breakage or crankshaft damage).

As soon as you notice any of the noises listed above under your hood, don't hesitate to bring your vehicle into German Motorworks for assistance. Our experts will detemine the exact cause of the issue and we will get you back on the road quickly. 

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