Signs Your Car Needs Engine Repair

Signs Your Car Needs Engine Repair

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For a vehicle owner there are few words as scary as engine repair. If a mechanic mentions this phrase it immediately brings thoughts of extensive and expensive services. While some engine trouble may occur completely unexpectedly there are other issues that will provide warning signs long before they become dire situations that result in these big bills. If you run into any of these signs of major engine trouble be sure to contact your local mechanic in order to have them repaired prior to bigger issues arising.

Knocking Noise

Perhaps one of the first signs of trouble you may run into is a knocking noise that occurs under the hood while your vehicle is running. This is the sound of the engine bearings clanking as they wear out, which can happen due to general high mileage or if the engine is operated with low oil levels. The engine bearings are what all of the moving parts of the motor rest on, and should they become worn they’ll need to be replaced, which may require a partial rebuild of your vehicle’s motor.

Excessive Exhaust Smoke

Another sign of trouble can be easily spotted with your eyes. Excessive amounts of colored exhaust smoke will indicate one of several problems, depending on the color. Black smoke indicates too much gasoline is being burnt, blue smoke is a sign of an oil leak inside the engine and white smoke indicates a coolant leak. Any time your vehicle is producing large amounts of exhaust head to the auto shop to see what the problem is.

Decreased Fuel Efficiency
A drop in your MPG’s can be caused by numerous issues, some much more serious than others. It may be as simple as something such as a clogged air filter, but it could be a result of more intricate engine issues.

Lack of Power

Another fairly general symptom of trouble is that a lack of power and performance. If your car is now having trouble getting up to speed, has a rough idle, or needs several minutes to warm up prior to being able to drive properly there’s a good chance that some sort of engine trouble is occurring.

If your vehicle is suffering from any sort of performance problem, loss of fuel economy or is giving you some sort of other engine trouble indicator be sure to head to your local auto repair shop. For superior engine repair in Kampala Uganda Simply visit Daks Toyota located on plot 64 Kira road opposite Uganda Museum Kampala Uganda. Our team of talented technicians can service your Toyota vehicle,

Call us on 0312330012 or email us on info@dakstoyota.com


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  • James Hobusch
    December 15, 2015, 12:50 am REPLY

    I’ve noticed that that my car has felt a little bit under powered over the years. It’s interesting to read that this cold be a sign of an engine problem. I have had the car for 7 years with minimal issues, so it makes sense that it could be failing now. Thanks for sharing, this has been very helpful.

  • Stewart Boomer
    January 15, 2016, 10:42 pm REPLY

    When my gas mileage drops I usually turn to my air filter to see if it’s giving me any problems. I didn’t know that there were other things that could be affecting my mileage that could actually be signs of bigger issues. Next time that happens, I’m realizing that I may want to get it looked at by a professional so I don’t end up with a huge repair bill. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jeff Curtis
    January 25, 2016, 1:46 pm REPLY

    My car recently started putting out quite a bit of exhaust smoke, and I think it might be dying out.I haven’t paid much attention to the color of smoke, so I will have to check on that and see if it is too much gas, oil, or coolant. The fuel efficiency has gone down as well. Thanks for the help, I will have to take my car in to get it checked out.

  • Lillian Schaeffer
    February 4, 2016, 10:31 pm REPLY

    This is some great information, and I appreciate your point that excessive amounts of exhaust smoke can indicate problems. I noticed a lot of blue smoke coming out of my exhaust on my way home from work today. I’ll definitely take my car in to a shop right away to have it inspected and fixed if necessary. Thanks for the great post!

  • Tara Jones
    February 8, 2016, 11:20 pm REPLY

    I’ve been noticing recently that my car is taking its sweet time warming up, but I don’t know if that’s because the weather has been unusually cold recently or if it’s an actual issue. Should I wait it out and see if it’s the cold (hopefully it will warm up soon) or should I just take it in to a mechanic? I want to be proactive about repairs, but I also want to make sure that what I’m experiencing actually is an issue with the engine.

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