Your car gets the power required to function properly from its heart, the engine. If there is damage to the engine, it will have a major effect on the performance of your vehicle. Here are eight symptoms of engine damage that if spotted early, will help save both time and repair costs. Bring your car to a reputable repair facility for more personalized service and greater value.
1) Check Engine Light
Using data from its On-Board Diagnostics system, a vehicle can warn you through dashboard warning lights about important problems. When the Check Engine Light activates, do not ignore it because the issue may cause greater damage to the engine and other components if not addressed. The typical causes for the activation of a check engine light involve the following:
- Damaged catalytic converter requiring replacement
- Loose fuel cap
- Mass-airflow sensor needs to be replaced
- Oxygen sensor requires replacement
- Various electronic sensor and actuator related problems
- Worn or faulty spark plugs, resulting in misfiring engine
2) Loss of Engine Power
Engines will struggle to run at their usual level if there is an internal problem. Your vehicle may stall, shake at high speeds or struggle with hills. If your engine isn’t working as well as it used to, get it checked by a mechanic.
3) More Fuel Consumption
Oftentimes greater fuel consumption is associated with a problem in the way your car’s engine processes fuel. If your car is using more fuel than normal, along with having an activated check engine light and other symptoms of engine damage, the problem can be critical and should be immediately checked by a technician.
4) Odd Noises
Engine knocks are a symptom of a degrading engine. They result from damage caused by wear and tear to an engine’s mechanical parts. This includes moving parts like bearings and pistons. Additional odd noises to beware of are spitting, popping, and backfiring from the tail pipe.
Part 2 will cover four more symptoms of engine damage.
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