Your Car’s New Year’s Resolution

February 14th, 2022 by

Getting to know the way your vehicle sounds on a daily basis is one of the best ways to keep it running well. Depending on the type of car, truck, van, crossover, or SUV you own, the noises could be different. For example, a rugged truck with large tires might make more road noise than a sedan that’s engineered for a quiet ride. 

Noises You Should Be Concerned About

Regardless of what type of Toyota you do drive, however, there are some noises that you just don’t want to hear. One of the most telling of these are those sounds that emanate from your vehicle’s engine. While the list below is not designed to be comprehensive, it does give you an idea of what you should listen for and how to handle the offending noise if you should hear it. 

1. Hissing Sounds

If you hear a hissing sound coming from under the hood, exercise extreme caution. The noise could be your engine overheating with scalding steam coming from it. 

Unless you have the right safety equipment, experience, and training, it is best to turn over the vehicle to the expert team at Boyle Buick GMC for inspection if you suspect that it is overheating. 

Another issue that could result in a hissing sound is a leaking vacuum hose. This, too, is an issue that is best left up to the professionals when it comes to diagnosing and repairing it. 

2. Knocking or Pinging Noises

Knocking noises or pinging sounds are an issue that needs immediate attention. This is especially true if you notice that the sound gets worse when you drive faster. 

There are a number of possible engine issues that could cause this disturbing sound that indicates an ignition issue. A spark plug could be the culprit or you might need to replace a dirty air filter. 

In other cases, an engine component could be on the verge of failing. The most efficient way to address this issue is to take it to a trusted mechanic like those at Boyle Buick GMC. 

3. Grinding Sounds

Grinding noises are ones that tend to instantly cause alarm. If you also notice that your vehicle is jerking, hesitating, or otherwise acting unusual while also making this noise, it indicates that you should get it looked at as soon as possible. 

In some cases, this sound like seem like it is coming from the engine, but it actually isn’t. The only way to tell, though, is to have it examined. 

4. Squealing Noises

The sound of squealing is another one that could be difficult to pin down its exact origination. Squealing could be caused by a belt that is reaching the end of its lifespan, brakes that need to be replaced or another issue completely. 

Without the skilled expertise of a mechanic, it is difficult to determine the cause. Schedule an appointment as soon as possible to help protect your investment. 

5. Popping Sounds

Popping sounds are an issue that typically indicates something that is serious. It also could be coming from the engine or from another part of the vehicle. 

A hole in the muffler, for example, could produce a popping noise. Another possibility is that your vehicle’s fuel injector has a leak with a popping sound being the result. 

Like so many other vehicle issues, the sooner you get the popping sound looked at and fixed, the more likely it will be that you’ll avoid a more costly repair. In addition, addressing it sooner rather than later could mean the difference in your vehicle breaking down and not. 

It’s important to note that a noise that sounds like it is coming from the engine might be originating from a completely different area. As an example, popping or banging noises could be coming from the engine or they could be the muffler, pipes, or something else completely. 

If you hear a noise from your car that is causing you concern, it’s best to have professional check it out as soon as possible. The service department at Boyle Buick GMC is here to assist you with all your vehicle needs. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you keep your Toyota performing at its peak. 

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