A Whistler’s car developed issues at the peak of fuel scarcity due to her unknowingly using fuel that had been mixed with other chemicals.
She was driving one afternoon when she began hearing a very aggressive clicking sound from her engine. The vehicle came to a halt about ten minutes later.
Her mechanic confirmed that her engine had knocked and a new one costs N300,000. It is safe to say that it wasn’t a good day.
Engine knocking is a common car problem that can lead to serious engine damage if not addressed. Here are some tips to prevent it:
Use high-quality fuel
Always use high-quality fuel with the recommended octane rating for your car. Using fuel with a lower octane rating than recommended can cause engine failure.
Keep your engine cool
Overheating can cause engine knocking, so make sure your cooling system is working properly. Check the coolant level regularly and get any leaks or other cooling system issues fixed promptly.
Avoid overloading the car
Overloading a car can put extra strain on the engine, and you know what happens next? Your guess is as good as mine.
Change your oil regularly
Dirty or old oil can cause engine knocking, so make sure to change your oil at the recommended intervals.
Keep your engine clean
The buildup of dirt and debris in the engine can cause engine knocking, so keep your engine clean by regularly washing your car and cleaning the engine compartment.
Avoid rapid acceleration
Rapid acceleration can cause engine knocking, so avoid flooring the accelerator pedal. Instead, accelerate gradually.
Maintain your engine
Regular maintenance of your engine can help prevent it from knocking. This includes regular tune-ups, replacing worn-out parts, and keeping your engine in good working condition.