As long as I've been around mechanical repair it always strikes me as curious to see how things come in waves. A particular brand vehicle will have electrical problems for a year. Another will have brake related problems. Maybe we get a bunch of window repairs on all cars. This year we've seen 6 cases of motor or engine noises.
Not unusual but the nature of the noise I'm referring to is a clacking or knocking, sometimes slight, sometimes more pronounced. Usually from a new customer. The noise that we have been getting is from a lack of MOTOR OIL in the engine! Wholly smokes! We all get busy but I implore everyone to please check their own oil or have someone else do so at appropriate intervals. Serious damage can happen if an engine runs low on oil. A newer vehicle is less likely to go low on oil because of the newness of the gaskets, seals and rings. As a vehicle ages the gaskets and seals wear and fail. The rings may wear and allow oil to burn like John Candy's old Mercury in "Uncle Buck".
Not all engine noises are serious. To prevent ANY engine noise we highly recommend a regular service or check by experienced technicians. We are always pleased 'quick check' all fluids at no charge for all our customers and many of their sons and daughters who are way too busy to think of such things.
If you get ANY unusual noise from you vehicle, have it checked immediately. Mention this article and we'll get on your car like a 1955 Texaco service station!