Knocking under car.
I have a very loud knock that sounds like it's coming from the driver's side wheel well of my car. The odd part is, the knock only happens when the car is rolling and the engine is not braking, turning, or under load. So the knocking doesn't happen when I accelerate, it doesn't happen when I brake, and it doesn't happen when I turn. It doesn't just get quiet, it stops completely. I've checked the u-joint, and both wheel assemblies. I'm at a loss…
My car has 200000 miles.
My car has a manual transmission.
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This is may be anything from wheel bearings to ball joints and struts. The fact that it only happens when the car is rolling and not under a load suggests that it may also be something as simple as something being caught in the wheel or axle assembly. Without hearing the sound, further diagnoses would be difficult. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your home to listen and test drive to diagnose and repair.
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What to do – Check all suspension components, steering column, and your exhaust system. If you drive over bumps or potholes and you hear knocking noises from under your car, there`s a strong chance it`s your suspension or shock absorbers. The suspension consists of many parts, so have a mechanic isolate the issue.
As the bearings wear out, the pistons will start to rattle against the crankshaft, creating a very similar knocking sound. To fix this problem, you may need new bearings or other work done on the pistons or crankshaft — parts located deep in the engine, meaning this can be a time-intensive repair.
Signs of Transmission Problems
These sounds can indicate transmission failure. However, keep in mind that transmissions are made up of hundreds of parts, so knocking or clicking noises may also just be a worn-out case, or bearing, requiring a minor transmission repair.
A knocking sound is usually due to a problem with the internal components of an engine. Driving while you hear a knocking noise is not recommended. The more engine damage you cause to these internal components, the more difficult and expensive the repair job will be.
Knocking can damage the surface of the piston, the cylinder walls or the crankshaft bearings, all of which are expensive to repair. Modern computer-controlled injection systems can correct your fuel mixture to prevent knocking, but at the cost of engine performance.
If you notice that your gears feel stiff or sticky, you could be low on transmission fluid. Low fluid will slow the cause the response time from gear shifting to become increasingly slow and difficult over time. You may even hear a light knocking sound if the problem becomes dire.
Once an engine starts to knock, the rod can fracture without warning. It could be the next time you start it in your driveway, or it could keep going for six months. Eventually though, the engine will blow and you`ll be stranded somewhere.
Adding more oil will make the noise go away, but it won`t solve the underlying cause of the noisy engine – the oil leak.
The knock sensor could be missing entirely and it would not prevent your car from starting. You can drive with a bad knock sensor, but it could have adverse long term effects on your engine if there is a lot of pre-ignition, and the car will not pass most state inspections until it is fixed.
This is dangerous because it increases air pressure in the cylinder more than is normal. This can puncture the pistons in the engine and cause extensive damage in some situations. The knock sensor of a car is a small, cylindrical part that detects irregularities and malfunctions in the combustion of the engine.
Spark Plugs That Are Worn or Misfiring
If your spark plugs are overdue for replacement, your engine knock could be attributed to that and you may also lose engine power.
Knocking can cause overheating of the spark-plug points, erosion of the combustion chamber surface, and rough, inefficient operation.
The noise could be a from a tire that is separated or one of the front axles joints being bad. If you do not feel anything in the steering when the noise is happening, then the noise is most likely from an inner axle joint on one of the axles.
Your car`s intake and exhaust valves can get stuck or wear out. This can lead to premature ignition inside the combustion chambers. It can also cause a rattling noise similar to the sound created by glass bottles clinking together when you accelerate.
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