Have you ever wondered why some cars vibrate so much when they are not moving? Is your car vibrating excessively and you don’t know why? What are the dangers of using a car even while it vibrates so much?
Vibrations can primarily be caused by two main issues;
- Broken engine seating(s) (Bushings).
- Engine misfire.
We will focus on engine misfire for this article.
Now, when an engine misfires, it simply means all the cylinders are not producing equal power as they are supposed to do or they are producing power when its not their turn to do so; this will lead to engine imbalance and therefore lead to excessive vibrations.
What causes engine misfire?
Engine misfire can be caused by many issues, we will list a few below;
- Bad spark plugs
- Bad spark plug wires
- Bad ignition coils
- Bad O2 sensors
- Bad fuel injectors
- Leaking air intake
- Faulty mass airflow sensor (MAF)
- Burnt Head gasket
- Bad EGR system
- The list can go on and on
More on Burnt Head Gasket as reason for misfire…
Our featured picture shows the cylinders of an engine with a burnt head gasket which allowed water to start entering the combustion chambers. With this vehicle the owner starts to notice more vibrations coming from the car, then the check engine light comes on, further down he notices that there is so much steam coming out of the tailpipe, this can be very thick or very mild depending on the amount of coolant entering the combustion chamber. Now the cylinder that has water entering into it begins to misfire and causes the vibration which was the first give-away sign.
Is your car vibrating more than normal? Do you notice steam in your tailpipe and is your coolant level dropping all the time with no obvious leakages? Then you might have a burnt gasket…
But what surer way to know than to have your vehicle scanned for DTCs by a professional, this will reveal more details that will point you in the right direction; if you are in Lagos, you can book a scanning session with us today by clicking here!