Is there a way to eliminate the pinging that I hear in the engine when I accelerate?
There are three likely causes of the kind of engine ping you are experiencing. It’s a pre-combustion event in which the ignition in the cylinder occurs prematurely.
- An engine will begin to ping at a relatively rapid pace when the fuel grade gets too low in its octane rating.
- A pinging noise in the engine can also indicate the need to repair the part of the car that tells the coil when to fire the cylinder.
- You might have carbon build-up in the combustion chamber.
If it’s a fuel-grade problem, sometimes you just need to increase the octane that you buy at the pump.
Bottom line: If your engine is pinging, and if the fuel upgrade hasn’t helped, you will probably want to bring it to a certified mechanic. A mechanic’s attention will be especially important in the case of carbon build-up.