How Can You Tell A Car Problem By The Sound?
Having a car brings a lot of advantages to the owner, easy transportation, blooming social life and a good chance to make friends that hold the same interests at heart. On the other hand, owning a car comes with great responsibility. You have to be a good driver, respect the rules and take care of your car. The last aspect is our focus in this article. You need to be able to provide the basic maintenance, checks and minor repairs to your car making troubleshooting knowledge a must have. You have to learn to “feel” the car and especially “listen” to it. Believe it or not, ears are your greatest allies in troubleshooting a possible engine problem.
You can learn a lot by simply listening to the engine. If you think that curious sounds are… just sounds, than my friend, prepare to take a whole lot of money from your pocket because you’ll be spending a lot of time in the shop. It the car starts to sound different, than you should pay close attention to it. Since you’re the one driving it, you’re the one that knows that engine the best. Any variation in sounds that doesn’t seem normal could pose a problem. These early catches can save you a lot of trouble and a lot of money. So let’s listen for what the car has to say.
For example if you hear a weird hissing sound from the engine, then clearly the engine is not running well. If you hear this hissing that sounds like steaming water coming from the engine than you will most likely notice a performance drop after the hissing began. This simply means that the engine might be overheating. So in this case, to tackle the problem you need to have a check at the cooling system. Make sure you have enough cooling agent in the radiator, and check for possible leaks that might have caused the drop in cooling agent level.
If there’s nothing wrong with the cooling system than either the exhaust system or the catalytic converter might be plugged. The fix is quite simple. All you have to do is check the exhaust system and the catalytic converter. If you see any sign of abuse, than you should have the converter, or the exhaust system changed. A vacuum line that is leaking or disconnected might create the same symptoms. Fortunately there is a quick fix. Reconnect the vacuum line. In case the like is broken, have it replaced.
A much much harder problem to tackle is dealing with an engine that emits a whirring sound that keeps getting louder as the speed increases. As a matter of fact, any noise that increases and decreases in intensity as the engine goes to higher or lower rpm can cause problems.
One of the problems could be the absence of power steering fluid. Have a look at the fluid level and refill it until it reaches recommended level.
Another problem could be the alternator. This is one of the most delicate and important devices in your car. The alternator is responsible for charging the battery while the car is running, so if the alternator bearings are bad, the engine will have to make up for the “lost” energy, thus exhausting it. The only possible fix here is having it replaced and keep in mind that it isn’t the kind of job that you can do yourself in the garage. You’d better take the car to a certified mechanic in order to have it properly replaced.
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