Why am I hearing a knocking noise when my engine is running?
If you hear any kind of noise other than the normal sound that comes out of the engine, especially a knocking sound, you should be concerned. Why? Because it means that your engine is misfiring. A misfiring engine means that it is unable to burn fuel properly. The knocking noise is actually the detonation of fuel inside the combustion chamber. In a normal engine operation, the fuel is burned smoothly and NOT exploding. If the fuel keeps on exploding, it can mean that there is too much heat and compression inside the combustion chamber. Engine misfires are actually a threat to your engine as it can cause a very expensive damage on the engine. Engine misfires are often caused by too much carbon build up in the combustion chamber. To fix this, you need to clean off the carbon build up with a high-quality, automotive grade cleaning solution. Adding a fuel additive can also help in cleaning the carbon build up. However, if your little do-it-yourself cleaning project doesn't work, you are going to need a professional mechanic's help in cleaning it.
How do I prevent overheating problems with my truck?
If your engine overheats constantly, it won't be long when the engine fails entirely. And if the engine fails, be prepared to shell out a hefty sum to have it fixed. That is if the damage can still be fixed, if not, you are going to have to get a new engine for your truck. To avoid that from happening to you, you need to know basic engine maintenance. We know it sounds like it is a daunting task and we admit it is. However, if you know how and where to start, it will be a breeze, we promise. The first thing that you need to do to avoid engine overheating is to ensure that your engine's operating temperature will be kept at normal levels. That is the job of the cooling system. It is made up of various components like the fan, radiator, radiator hose, pump, and coolant reservoir. If the cooling system is working properly, you do not have to worry of engine overheating. All these components should be kept in excellent working condition. However, a properly working system is not enough to keep the cooling system running. It needs the right level of coolant for the cooling system to do its job. You also need to ensure that engine has the right level of engine oil. The engine oil not only helps in keeping the engine cool, it also keeps the engine and its components lubricated.
How do I prevent transmission problems with my truck?
In your truck, it isn't only the engine that overheats but also the transmission if it is not properly cared for. To prevent the transmission from overheating, transmission fluid should be kept at the right level. If you keep losing transmission fluid, it can only mean that there's a leak somewhere in your transmission that should be fixed immediately.