Diagnosing Engine Noises – Be Vigilant

Diagnosing Engine Noises – Be Vigilant

Motorcycles over time begin making noises and this is a common occurrence. Whether you’re on vacation in the outer banks, or simply at home – always pay attention to the noises your motorbike makes!

The noise can be associated with a variety of reasons and learning how to diagnose them is integral to maintaining the health of your vehicle. Instead of taking your bike to the garage each time you hear something, it is always better to first learn how to troubleshoot specific noises so you can fix the issue yourself.

  1. First and foremost, check the engine since it is the most common area for any noise. Listen to the engine and figure out where the noise is coming from. You can purchase a mechanic’s stethoscope for this purpose, they don’t cost much.
  2. Check the key components of the engine to find trouble spots. Carefully listen to the valve caps and the tension mechanism. If you find excess noise such as ticking or something mechanical then it could be the chain tensioner that has to be replaced. And if the noise is more ticking type then look for plugs or spacers that have run down.
  3. Sometimes, the noise you hear is because a component has come loose. Tubing is the most common component that tends to fall off due to wear and tear. Checking for excess noise can diagnose these issues rather quick.
  4. For technical problems such as the engine making noise when cold, wait for the engine to reasonably heat up and observe if the noises survive.
  5. Do not use unofficial components for your engine block, always prefer for company made, stock or performance components.
  6. Finally, if you fail to diagnose the sound using any of the steps mentioned above, you should visit your garage immediately since noises in a bike other than what it made on the first day always point to something wrong.