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Engine Noises When Accelerating

 
  
  


Everyone has heard the classic roar of the engine when a high-powered car first starts up or accelerates to high speeds. Unfortunately, that’s not the only sound your vehicle can make. In fact, that might be the only sound you want to hear.

When you step on the gas and hear any other sound, it should get your attention. It could mean there’s a problem under the hood. So, which sounds should you listen closely for?

The team at Jaguar Albuquerque examines a few of the engine noises you may hear when you’re accelerating and what they mean so that drivers in Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley will know when to get service. Be sure to contact us today with any questions you may have.


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Common Engine Noises When Accelerating

When unusual noises start to arise when you press the pedal to the metal, you may be anxious to learn about the origin of these sounds. However, when you know what it is causing them, it makes the situation much easier to grasp. That way, you can get your car fixed, if needed, and be back on the road!

While we hope none of these noises become a common occurrence for your car, we put together a list of noises that usually result in drivers stopping by our service center. Some of the sounds that should make your ears perk up include:

  • Clicking
  • Rattling
  • Hissing
  • Squealing
  • Knocking
  • Roaring

So, what do each one of these noises mean? Should you schedule service immediately or will they go away? Let’s explore some of the potential causes.

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Potential Causes of Engine Noises While Accelerating

What one driver describes as squealing, another might call chirping. While some sounds are subjective, there’s no debate that some of these service problems can cause unexpected noises when you’re driving.
 

  • Stuck Valve Train – When one of the hydraulic lifts in your valve train is stuck or not in sync with the rest of the other valves, you’ll usually hear a distinct clicking sound. While this issue typically is caused by varnish buildup, they can also be a result of low oil pressure.
     

Most of the time, this can be resolved by simply adding a special additive into the oil. However, a replacement might be necessary. Since this requires an expert technique, it should be done by one of our certified professionals in our service center.
 

  • Loose Timing Chain – Commonly, newer vehicles are outfitted with long timing chains, which connect your crankshaft to the camshaft, helping your engine’s valves open when they should. This timing chain is supposed to be tight, like a bike chain. When it gets too old or worn out, it loses its tension and sounds like it’s rattling.
     

Since it might be difficult to diagnose this problem yourself, if you hear a rattling sound when accelerating, it’s time to schedule an appointment with our authorized dealership’s service center. Our certified techs have the proper equipment to see if you need a chain replacement or something more in-depth.
 

  • Loose Drive Belt – Along the same lines, a chirping or high-pitched squealing noise from under the hood could mean your drive belt is loose and worn out. Luckily enough, this sound is easy to put a stop to by having one of our team members replace your belt. This will elevate your vehicle’s performance and provide a noise-free drive. 
     
  • Overheating – Ever sprinkle some water on a stove to see if it’s hot? It creates a hissing noise that sounds exactly like when your engine starts overheating. An overheated engine can cause some serious issues in your vehicle and might even result in a fire under your hood. Make sure to pay attention to your temperature gauges on your dashboard.
     

If your engine is too hot, pull off to the side of the road where it is safe and turn off your engine. When the temp decreases back to normal, drive to our service department as soon as possible. We can make sure your vehicle is safe to drive again while simultaneously correcting that annoying engine noise.
 

  • Damaged Exhaust System – A hole or crack in your exhaust system could cause a loud roaring sound or even a small ticking sound. This sound can be especially loud the closer it is the catalytic converter, which is at the beginning of your exhaust system. Since this is also a hefty and serious issue, see our tech team right away. They can diagnose the issue and discuss your next steps. 
     
  • Knocking – When your oil pressure is low, your engine will start making a knocking sound because it has to work harder than usual. Having low oil pressure is detrimental to your vehicle. It can limit your performance, decrease the fuel economy, and eventually lead to expensive fixes down the line. Although regular oil changes can prevent the issue, if they’re done when recommended, it can lead to low pressure and noise you don’t want to hear.
     
  • Damages Piston Pins: Like many of the sounds you may hear when stepping on the gas pedal, piston pin noise is caused by a lack of oil. When this happens, you’ll hear a double knocking sound. This is caused by the excessive clearance between the pin and piston when there is no enough lubrication from proper amounts of clean oil.

This can be fixed by having our team replace the piston pins and bushings and possibly the pistons themselves as well. 


Schedule Engine Service

If you hear any of these noises when accelerating, schedule service with Jaguar Albuquerque. Our service center has a team of highly trained technicians who can diagnose the problem and get your car or SUV fixed up and back on the road.

We pride ourselves on helping drivers all over Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, and South Valley with service and maintenance issues. If you’ve noticed these or any other sounds and think there’s an issue with your vehicle, schedule a service appointment with us online. If you have any questions about these noises, contact us or visit our service center.


 

 

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