The engine in your car is a complex system of moving parts that relies on one another to function properly. When it comes to engine repair, it can mean anything from a simple fluid check to extensive parts replacements and other repairs. It’s important that you choose a mechanic you trust who has the experience and skills needed to make the right diagnosis. Here are three of the most common engine issues and their causes to help you get an idea of many engine repair processes.
Your Engine Won’t Start
If your engine doesn’t turn over, it can be extremely stressful. A clicking sound could indicate a problem with a low or discharged battery. If the engine cranks but doesn’t start, it may be a fuel or ignition-related problem. The ignition switch may have failed, or you could have starter motor relay failure. Battery cables that are loose or corroded could mean that the engine refuses to start. Other common problems include a defective fuel pump or a clogged fuel filter.
The Service Engine Light is On
When the check engine or service engine light comes on, it could indicate that there is a serious problem. Don’t ignore this light but take it to our shop instead so we can make a proper diagnosis. Some common reasons this light turns on includes something as simple as a loose or missing gas cap or as extensive as a defective distributor coil. It could also indicate that your spark plugs or spark plug wires are worn out or damage. If you’re seeing smoke that is blue in color along with the light, it could mean that you have a serious fuel system problem caused by an oil leak. Never ignore this light since it serves as a warning to have your vehicle serviced as soon as possible.
The Engine Overheats
In most cases, your engine is overheating due to low coolant levels. Check the levels to look for leaks and see if it has the correct level in the reservoir. Your car’s temperature gauge should alert you when the engine is running too hot. A cracked head or a blown head gasket can also cause overheating. If your car is producing white exhaust smoke, take it to a mechanic as soon as you are able. Vehicles that run while overheating could need an entire engine replacement if the problem is not addressed immediately.
For all your automotive repair and service needs, visit Lenny’s Auto and Truck Services located in Pottstown, PA or give us a call at 610-469-1800 to schedule your appointment today!