You are probably familiar with the 3,000-mile oil change rule—you should actually go by the recommendation on your car’s user manual. Neglecting timely changes can damage the oil pump. In this article you’ll learn how to recognize the signs that you need to replace your vehicle’s oil pump.
1. Clanking Noise
A noise coming from the engine can be a sign of a number of problems. If you hear clanking, accompanied by the check engine light, schedule an appointment with us right away. A clanking sound is usually a sign the hydraulic lifters are experiencing metal friction. This is due to insufficient lubrication, which occurs when a faulty oil pump does not distribute oil adequately.
2. Drop in Oil Pressure
The temperature gauge on the dash might display a higher-than-average reading. The happens when oil is not freely flowing to the various engine parts. A mechanic will need to determine if this is the diagnosis. Low oil pressure can also be due to other issues, such as when a recent oil change uses incompatible oil. Low oil pressure will also result in the engine’s frequently stalling out.
3. Whirring and Whining Noise
Aside from the aforementioned clanking sound, you might also hear a whirring or whining noise. This is actually uncommon because oil pumps typically do not emit noises audible to the human ear. However, once the part goes bad, the sounds might occur, especially while the car is idling. This is a symptom of the deterioration of the pump’s internal gears.
We Repair and Replace Oil Pumps
Our German auto repair service checks the oil pump for most European models, including Mercedes, Audi, and more. Bring your vehicle to Northwest Imports if you notice any out of the ordinary signs. Your car may be in dire need of an oil pump replacement.
Oil Pump Diagnosis and Repairs
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