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Why Is My Car Making a Pinging Noise?

Why Is My Car Making a Pinging Noise? Understanding Carbon Buildup and Spark Plug Wear

Have you ever noticed a pinging noise while driving your car? It might be due to carbon buildup in your engine or worn-out spark plugs. At Wayside Garage, we recently worked on a 2019 Hyundai with this exact issue. Here's what we discovered and how we fixed it.

What Causes Pinging in Your Engine?

Pinging, or knocking, often occurs when there's excessive carbon buildup in the engine. This buildup can interfere with the normal combustion process, causing the fuel-air mixture to ignite at the wrong time. Imagine tiny embers in your combustion chamber igniting the mixture too early, leading to that unsettling pinging noise.

The Role of Spark Plugs

Spark plugs play a crucial role in your car's engine by igniting the fuel-air mixture at the right moment. Over time, they can wear out, and carbon buildup on the electrodes can further hamper their performance. We found that the Hyundai's spark plugs had significant wear and carbon buildup, contributing to the problem.

Fuel System Decarbonization and Spark Plug Replacement

To address these issues, we performed a fuel system decarbonization and replaced the spark plugs. Decarbonization helps clean out the carbon deposits in the engine, restoring its efficiency and performance. New spark plugs ensure reliable ignition, preventing misfires and further buildup.

Why Regular Maintenance Matters

Regular maintenance is key to preventing issues like this. According to our maintenance plan:
- Spark plugs should be replaced every 60,000 miles or every 5 years.
- Fuel system decarbonization is recommended annually or every 12,000 miles.

Sticking to these intervals can help keep your engine running smoothly and avoid unexpected problems.

Maintaining your vehicle is essential for a smooth and safe ride. If you notice any unusual sounds or performance issues, don't hesitate to reach out to us at Wayside Garage. We're here to help keep your car in top shape!


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