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Why is my engine knocking?

Why is my engine knocking?

At Wayside Garage, we recently had a client whose vehicle had to be towed in due to a concerning knocking noise. Our certified technician, Marcus, took the necessary precaution to check the engine oil level before starting the engine. He found the oil level to be full and relatively clean, which prompted us to have a deeper conversation with the client.

It turns out the client had added oil only after hearing the knocking noise. Unfortunately, this meant the engine had already suffered from low oil levels for too long, leading to significant damage. Despite adding oil later, the damage was already done, leading to the need for an engine repair or even a replacement.

The Importance of Regular Oil Checks

Engines can burn oil, and it's not uncommon for a vehicle to use up to one quart every 1,000 miles. This is why it's crucial to regularly check your oil level. Running your engine on low oil can cause severe damage, often leading to costly repairs like engine rebuilds or replacements.

Regularly checking your oil every 1,000 miles can prevent such catastrophic damage. If you notice your oil level is low, it's important to top it off immediately. However, just adding oil isn't always enough. You also need to be on the lookout for oil leaks, which can compound the issue.

Routine Maintenance to Avoid Major Repairs

To avoid these kinds of problems, Wayside Garage recommends servicing your vehicle every 6 months or 5,000 miles, whichever comes first. This routine maintenance includes an oil and filter service and a complimentary inspection. Regular service helps ensure your engine oil is always in good condition, and any potential issues can be caught early before they turn into major repairs.

Benefits of Regular Oil and Filter Services

1. Engine Efficiency: Clean oil reduces friction, helping your engine run more smoothly and efficiently.
2. Extended Engine Life: Regular oil changes prevent the buildup of sludge and deposits, which can damage your engine over time.
3. Cost Savings: Preventative maintenance is much cheaper than extensive engine repairs or replacements.
4. Vehicle Performance: Keeping your oil at the right level and in good condition ensures your vehicle performs at its best.

Trust Wayside Garage for Your Maintenance Needs

At Wayside Garage, we understand the importance of regular maintenance. Our certified technicians are dedicated to keeping your vehicle in top condition. We follow a comprehensive maintenance plan to ensure all aspects of your vehicle are taken care of, not just the engine oil.

Our maintenance plan includes:
- Oil & Filter Service: Every 5,000 miles or 6 months.
- Comprehensive Inspection: Every 5,000 miles or 6 months.

Schedule Your Service Today

Don't wait until it's too late. Ensure your vehicle runs smoothly and efficiently by scheduling regular maintenance with Wayside Garage. Call us today at 831-899-2425 or set up your reservation online.

Regular maintenance not only saves you money in the long run but also gives you peace of mind knowing your vehicle is in expert hands. Let us help you keep your car in perfect condition and avoid the hassle of major repairs. 


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