One of the most alarming warning signs of BMW malfunction is odd sounds. Anything from grinding to whining or even squeaking coming from your vehicle at any time can be enough to call the mechanic right away. But what about a ticking noise? You might ignore it at first if the sound isn’t loud enough or ominous enough to worry you. However, a ticking sound coming from your car’s engine is not something you should ignore for very long. Ticking from your engine can signal an issue with the lifter, which can lead to some serious damage to your BMW if left unchecked.
The lifter valve is often referred to as either the hydraulic valve lifter or hydraulic tappet. It refers to a metal cylinder attached to the rocker arm, which attaches to the valve. Its purpose is to keep the engine from producing too much noise and also protect it from wear and tear. It may seem silly that a little component’s most important job is to keep the engine from being noisy, but it is also one of the pieces that helps keep the connection to your engine running smoothly.
Unfortunately, diagnosing the causes of lifter ticking can be a little tricky. There are many issues that could be happening to the lifter itself, or the components around can cause the ticking sound. It can occur most often in older vehicles or vehicles that are not regularly serviced, as components begin to wear down due to lack of cleaning or maintenance.
If your oil levels are low, the components of your car aren’t being lubricated properly. Oil helps the lifter stay lubricated to perform its function without trouble. Without it, it won’t have the power to perform the lift. The component will begin to weaken. It is important to keep an eye on your oil levels and never wait to change it when you’re nearing your mileage or have surpassed it.
If you are not sticking to a routine maintenance schedule, you are putting your car at risk of gathering oil sludge. Routine oil changes ensure that your oil is the best quality to help your vehicle’s components function naturally. If you are forgoing regular oil changes or using the wrong oil for your car, it will begin to develop dirty oil deposits that can jam the lifter. Using the wrong viscosity of oil can also make it harder for your lifter to be lubricated correctly. It is also important to use the correct filter and change it frequently, or you’re more likely to develop dirt deposits and sludge that can gum up the works.
Older cars develop wear and tear that can eventually affect the functionality of the individual components. Whether it is age or wear due to poor maintenance, your car’s lifter may begin to break down. Keeping up with your vehicle’s needs can help to prevent unnatural wear, but even then, you may need to get a replacement should your car be high mileage or simply older.
If you’re worried about the sounds your BMW is making, European Service Center is ready to provide quality service. We have been family-owned and operated since 1979 and provide excellent auto repair and service to a variety of european vehicles. Our technicians are specially trained, so you can feel comfortable knowing your vehicle is in the right hands.
We pride ourselves on being your one-stop shop for European auto repair and maintenance. We provide excellent customer service with a smile. If a lack of routine maintenance is causing your BMW to tick like a time bomb, don’t hesitate to reach out. We will schedule an appointment to take a look at what’s causing the problem. Your BMW is a great piece of machinery, so to keep it running smoothly, you need to be able to rely on a trusted technician to keep it up to date. Call us today.
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