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?
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.
Common Engine Noises When Accelerating
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:
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
Diagnosing engine noises can be tricky. 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 open or not in sync with the rest of the other valves, you’ll usually hear a distinct clicking sound.
- Loose Timing Chain – Your 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Damaged Exhaust System – A hole or crack in your exhaust system could cause a loud roaring sound.
- Knocking – When your oil pressure is low, your engine will start making a knocking sound because it has to work harder than usual.
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.