All cars make sound. Whether it’s the gentle hum of your 2014 Toyota Prius or the roar of your 1990 Ford F-150 pickup truck, you know your car by the noise it makes. However, knowing what it normally sounds like is important, because any new noises can signal big problems. Advanced Transmission Center recommends that drivers keep their ears open for strange car engine noises because they are some of the best indicators of potential engine problems, mild and severe. And once you catch the problem, our clutch repair Denver specialists will know exactly how to fix it.
Here are the kinds of noises you might hear your car make. Learn them now so you can diagnose them later:
Grinding: Commonly misdiagnosed as an engine problem, a grinding noise is usually caused by faulty brakes in need of brake pad replacements. Consult a mechanic or brake specialist.
Squealing: While accelerating, a shrill squealing sound is often caused by a loose fan belt, unable to spin as quickly as the propellers that power it. Check your manual for how to retighten or replace this fan belt.
Rattling and Whining: These two sounds together while accelerating are often the sign of a loose cam shaft belt. The cam shaft belt is an important and difficult to replace part of your transmission, so this work is best left to a professional.
Clicking and Tapping: These noises are hard to miss and can mean a few things, most often low oil pressure or a worn part. First, take out your dipstick and check your oil level. Get an oil fill if necessary. Second, if the noise persists, there is likely a worn part in your engine, so you or a professional will have to inspect the engine closely to identify and fix the problem.
Deep Knocking: A deep knocking sound can be hard to miss, but can also be hard to fix. More often than not, a deep knock indicates a bad engine problem, like a completely worn part of the transmission. Get a professional to look at your engine as soon as possible.
How To Use This Information
When you need a consult about an engine issue, few people have the knowledge and experience that we have at Advanced Transmission Centers. For almost thirty years, our clutch repair Denver specialists have diagnosed and solved problems in manual and automatic transmissions. Read reviews from our customers.
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Have you ever heard strange sounds from your engine? What was the problem?