Sounds Like Trouble: A Quick Guide to Diagnosing Common Engine Noise

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What do you hear when you listen to your engine? The primal roar of high performance? Or is it more like a cry for help?

OK, we never want to think of our engines doing anything but chewing up asphalt and waking up the neighbors—let alone crying! But even the manliest of mills can have problems, and the sounds they make can help us track down the troubles. Sometimes it’s nothing; sometimes it’s serious.

We’ve put together this quick guide to diagnosing common engine noises to help you avoid potential damage. In the event of strange or unusual engine sounds, remain calm, grab an automotive stethoscope, and be on the lookout for:

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