A healthy engine is clearly the most important component in any car for it to run smoothly without any issues, and when engine problems do arise, it can be a daunting prospect to even acknowledge these problems. What’s more, you may not even recognise the signs of a car having engine trouble. The best way to ensure engine problems are recognised quickly is to get your car regularly serviced by professionals.
However, it is important to know the signs of a dodgy engine so that you are equipped to replace it or fix the problem, and this will also ensure your safety when driving.
If you are worried about your car and you suspect that the engine may be the main culprit, read on to find out more about the top signs of engine trouble with your car.
Trouble starting the engine
Many cars have trouble starting up in cold winter months, and sometimes you may even have to turn it over a few times before it revs into life. However, if this problem is prevailing to the extent where the car is not switching on at all, or if it is happening throughout the year regardless of weather, this may indicate that you are having problems with the engine.
If this is the case, your cylinder casing may be cracked, which can be caused by changes in temperature.
If you are experiencing any of these problems, it could be a sign of engine trouble and it’s best to get it sorted out as quickly as possible.
Another sign that your engine may currently not be in the best shape is that it is leaking oil. If you have seen your car leave a puddle of oil behind when parked, this could signify an oil leak in the engine.
An oil leak is a major issue and will need to be dealt with as soon as possible, otherwise, it could end up seizing up completely, causing hazards and potentially leaving you stranded.
This is one of the most common and well-known signs that your engine may be in trouble and is known to be one of the most impending problems with a car. If you have been hearing a suspicious knocking sound coming from your car, this could mean imminent problems for the engine.
The knocking sound can mean that the camshaft is no longer working in time with the pistons, and there is very little you can do about this than to replace the engine completely, so if this sign sounds at all familiar to you, you will need to start saving up to replace your engine completely or even your car if financially viable.
Smoking from the engine
Perhaps one of the scariest signs that your engine might be in trouble is when the car starts blowing out smoke from the exhaust. This is often a sign that there is a bad mix of petrol and air in the engine.
There are a few options as to what this symptom could be caused by. Possibly the best this sign could be is that there is a problem with one of the tappets, however, it could mean a problem with the piston rings, which could mean a much more expensive full replacement of the engine.
If you start seeing a lot of smoke coming out of your car, it is best not to ignore this problem. In fact, you need to get it seen to as soon as possible before your engine cuts out on you completely. Take the car to the garage as soon as possible to get professional help.
Steam coming from the engine
Another fairly shocking symptom of a faulty engine is steam coming from it, which will appear to be coming from under the bonnet and signifies an overheating engine. Most commonly this is to do with a lack of fluid in the engine’s coolant system, however, it could mean a number of other things, including a problem with your engine.
Steam coming from the engine could be a sign that the engine’s gasket, radiator or pipes are leaking, and your engine could seize up fairly quickly.
If steam is coming from under your bonnet, it is highly advisable to get it seen to straight away, by a professional who will advise you on the problem and how it can be fixed.
Let’s face it, no one likes to see their engine catch fire, in fact, it can be one of the most horrifying moments of your driving life. If your engine catches fire, act immediately with a fire extinguisher, or if one is not available, move away from the vehicle immediately and call the emergency services.
An engine catching fire can be caused by several different factors, such as a fuel leakage, a short circuit, overheating, and accidents. However shocking it may seem at first, if you’re quick to put the fire out, it might not actually mean a new engine needs to be installed.
If left to burn though, the engine fire could damage fuel pumps and pipes and could lead to an explosion. It goes without saying that the issue needs to be sorted instantly.
So, those are the top 6 signs of engine problems, all of which need to be dealt with by a professional as quickly as possible once they are identified. If you are having difficulties and suspect that your engine might need some TLC, contact us at In Town Automotive for help and advice.
To prevent any major engine issues occurring, there are a few ways in which you can help to maintain your car’s engine. Changing the oil on a regular basis, using a good brand of oil, ensuring there is enough fluid in the coolant system and having regular services can mean the difference between a healthy and unhealthy engine and can save you a packet!