Q: My car engine just started knocking or pinging

asked by on July 19, 2016

My car has been having overheating issues...when it over heats the car dies temporarily

My car has 136000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

If you have been overheating your engine over and over, then it will cause damage to the heads and engine. Look at the oil to see if the oil has coolant in the oil. It sounds like you now have a lower engine knock and pinging is from the car running hot. Have a mechanic check diagnose the overheating issue in person to pinpoint the problem and make the appropriate repairs.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

My air just turned off on it's own today.

On a vehicle that is 15 years old you may have a leak in the condenser, compressor, or evaporator. One of these faulty components may be leaking down the pressure. It's also possible that one of the pressure switches has...

P1292 and P0181 come on when I hit a bump

If these two codes keep coming up together, it sounds like there is probably a spot in the wiring harness that is shorting to ground. P1292 is for an injector and the P0181 is for a fuel temperature sensor, so...

Truck overheating and clanking. What do I need to do to fix this?

The clanking sound you heard was most likely caused by the engine overheating to the point where it would no longer run. Once the engine gets so hot the fuel ignites in the engine before it’s supposed to and can...

Related articles

How to Diagnose a Cooling System Problem
You may be driving down the road or sitting at a stop light when you first notice the temperature gauge in your...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Fan Clutch
If your car has a fan clutch, common signs include the vehicle overheating, the cooling fans working very loudly, or engine performance decreasing.
The Best Used Cars to Buy for Senior Citizens
Everyone Everyone needs a way to get around. You need to get groceries, get to doctors’ appointments, visit with family and more. However, senior citizens have very different needs when it comes to buying a used car than other demographics....