What are the most common engine problems?

Engines are comprised of many moving parts. Because of that, there is a large chance that something could go wrong. If you own your vehicle long enough, even if you take amazing care of it, you will likely have to deal with engine problems. 

Here are a few of the most common engine problems. 

  • Old, dirty oil. 
  • Leaking coolant. 
  • Overheating. 
  • Bad spark plug. 
  • Clogged radiator. 
  • Bad sensors. 
  • Lubrication problems. 

Can I troubleshoot engine problems myself?

This question is a little more complicated than it may initially seem. The answer is yes and no. Some engine issues are easily diagnosed by the layperson. Or, at least, some problems are immediately recognizable and should prompt you to seek professional health. Smoke coming from under your hood, a constantly stalling car, or a vehicle that won’t start can all be diagnosed at home. 

Just remember that you will still need a professional’s help solving these issues. You should also always bring your vehicle to a mechanic like Ethan’s Honest Automotive Service & Repair if your check engine light comes on.

Why is diagnosing engine problems important? 

The engine is the part that powers our vehicles. Without an engine, our cars would not be drivable. Therefore, any engine problem is serious. Even if the issue is minor, it is better to have it checked out. Small problems are much easier to fix than large problems. Be on the lookout for signs of an engine problem, bring it into Ethan’s Honest Automotive right away, and your vehicle will stay in good working order. 

Receiving immediate treatment will also save you money in the long run. Small problems and part replacements are easier and cheaper to replace than large issues. Thus, catching a potential engine problem early is essential for keeping your maintenance costs low.

How do you diagnose engine problems? 

At Ethan’s Honest Automotive, we use a variety of diagnostic tests to determine your engine functionality. Modern vehicles all have an onboard computer, which, when hooked up to a diagnostic device, gives a code that indicates an engine’s problem. Our technicians are experts in decoding the computer codes.

We also use a variety of physical examinations to determine the exact cause of your engine problem. Once we have all the information, we will provide you our repair recommendations.

What are the signs my engine needs help?

In addition to your “check engine” light coming on, there are a few signs that our engine could use diagnostic help. These signs include

  • Not starting. 
  • Regular stalling. 
  • Annoying and loud noises. 
  • Gas mileage becomes less efficient. 
  • Bad smells, like rotten eggs. 
  • Not turning off. 
  • Inability to keep a consistent power. 
  • Coolant or fluid leaks. 
  • Smoke emanating from the vehicle. 
  • Grinding gears. 

If you notice these or any other concerning symptoms, contact Ethan’s Honest Automotive today.