Engine Noise When Accelerating

The engine is what allows your car to run. So, if you run into any issues, like engine noise when accelerating, you’ll want to have your Land Rover checked out by a professional. That way, you can ensure that your vehicle will serve you well for years to come.

That’s why it’s important to recognize common engine noises and how they can be properly diagnosed. We’ll go over that information below. Then, you can contact our team at Land Rover Santa Fe for service near Santa Fe, White Rock, or La Cienega.

What Are Some Common Engine Noises?

If you’re driving around and hear any of the following noises, you’ll want to get your vehicle checked out as soon as possible.

  • Low-Pitch Humming or Whirring

If these noises change when accelerating, you may need to lubricate the differential. However, the transmission could also be failing or a wheel bearing may be shot.

Since this type of noise often reverberates or echoes under your Land Rover, you may not be able to find the source. That’s why it’s recommended to have an expert technician look at the car to determine the issue.

  • Roaring

Roaring is another sound you may hear from the engine of your Land Rover, and it could increase with acceleration. In this case, you’ll first want to check the exhaust system, as it could be damaged. However, it could also be the transmission. In an automatic, you may have issues moving to the next gear. For a manual, the clutch might be slipping.

Vibration will also accompany this sound if the transmission is the issue. This is a sign that you have a cracked or damaged gear. It’s important that you schedule a service appointment as soon as possible.

  • Squealing or Chirping

When the engine is making a squealing or chirping sound that changes in frequency as you accelerate, it’s usually due to a belt becoming loose and slipping. Sometimes, the belt will simply need to be tightened, but others may need to be replaced entirely. A certified technician will decide what needs to be done.

This engine noise could also be because a drive pulley for an accessory, like a water pump, has become misaligned.

  • Rattling & Whining

If a rattling or whining sound is coming from the engine when you accelerate, the camshaft belt could be misaligned or slipping. You’ll want to have the camshaft belt looked over by a mechanic and fixed right away, if necessary. Otherwise, it could lead to bigger issues down the road.

A whining noise could also be the sign of a failing bearing in the water pump, alternator, or the power steering system of your Land Rover. A certified technician can help figure out exactly where the noise is coming from.

  • Clicking & Tapping

You may also hear a clicking or tapping sound that increases the faster you go. This could be from a worn part, or it could be from a low oil level.

If you hear this noise, you can check your oil dipstick to make sure you have enough oil. If you’re low on oil, you’ll need to get it changed or topped off right away. But even if the level looks good, you’ll still want to have your vehicle looked at to see which part may be worn.

  • Single Knock


If you suddenly hear one loud knock in your Land Rover engine while accelerating, there could be a problem with your connecting rod. This engine noise is caused when there’s too much clearance between the crankshaft and the surface of the connecting rod.

A trained technician can easily isolate and repair the problematic cylinder, so the issue can be fixed right away.

  • Muffled Ringing

This sound may remind you of a bell, but it’ll sound like it’s buried deep within your engine. You may also hear this noise referred to as a piston slap. You’ll hear this if there is too much space between the piston skirt and the cylinder wall. It tends to be more prevalent on high mileage vehicles.

If you only hear this after a cold start, then there’s nothing that needs to be done. The clearance is usually reduced once the engine heats up. If the noise persists as you drive and accelerate, however, you may need to have the piston replaced.

  • Noise When Accelerating Around a Corner

If you hear creaking or popping while turning at low speeds, a broken suspension joint may be to blame. If you hear loud crunching noises during high-speed turns, have your CV joints inspected.

When you’re taking on a turn at normal speeds, the noises may be caused by a faulty power steering system. It may simply require more fluid, but in some cases, more serious repairs might be required.

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Properly Diagnosing Engine Noises

Since an engine consists of so many different moving parts, finding the source of the noise may not be so straightforward.

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Therefore, you’ll want to bring your vehicle to our state-of-the-art service facility. There, you’ll find a team of highly trained and certified technicians. It’s with their expertise that they can properly diagnose the cause of your engine’s odd noises.

Plus, they have access to cutting-edge equipment and genuine OEM parts. Therefore, if anything needs to be replaced, you can rest assured that the parts will help keep your Land Rover running as well as it did

when you first drove it home.

You can also check out our rotating list of service specials online. There’s sure to be something there that’ll make getting the maintenance you need even easier!

Schedule Engine Service Today!

Since the engine is one of the most important parts of your automobile, you’ll want to make sure it’s running smoothly at all times.

Therefore, if you start to hear engine noise when accelerating around Santa Fe, White Rock, or La Cienega, schedule a service appointment at Land Rover Santa Fe today!


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