You don’t have to be a car expert to know your engine is important. But how do you know it’s healthy? Keep an eye out for these signs of engine trouble.
Common Signs of Engine Problems
Check Engine Light
Your check engine light turning on is the most obvious sign that you may have an engine issue. While it might not indicate a major problem, it’s best to take your car in to be sure.
Frequent Stalling or Power Loss
When your car stalls, it means your engine is not working. Cars that stall frequently, particularly while idling, need to have their engines checked. Similarly, a loss of overall power in your vehicle is a sign that your engine is struggling.
If you hear a knocking noise while driving, it likely means it is operating with a severely low level of oil. But it could also mean other engine problems like issues with your air/fuel mixture or worn bearings. Regardless, it’s time to have your engine looked at.
Overheating, Smoking, or Steaming
If your car overheats or is emitting smoke or steam, that’s a sure sign of engine trouble. Stop driving and seek assistance immediately.
Since your engine controls so much of your car, the list of signs of engine problems is near endless. But a few others worth mentioning include: a malfunctioning oxygen sensor, low coolant levels, coolant leaks, and a clogged radiator.
When to Have Your Car Checked
How do you know your car trouble isn’t just due to road conditions, cold weather, sunlight exposure, or other temporary factors? The truth is, you don’t. But assuming the problem will resolve itself is never a good idea. Too many customers have chosen to believe their issues were caused by these kinds of factors only to have them get much worse. Don’t avoid taking your car in. You’re always better safe than sorry.
Get Your Engine in Shape at Pearson Auto
We provide engine diagnostics and repair in Fairbanks and North Pole, AK. Our certified technicians are highly trained, and we provide free loaner cars and a 5 year/50,000 mile warranty for all repairs. Make an appointment today.