3 Common Signs of Major Engine Trouble

Jun 19, 2018

High mileage and subpar maintenance habits can take their toll on your engine over time, reducing it to a shadow of its former self. Although some engine problems will require only minor repairs, others could be the death of your engine altogether. For this reason, it is important to know what to look out for so you can deal with engine trouble before it gets worse.

So, what are the 3 most common signs of engine trouble? Read on to find out and keep engine trouble at bay!

Knocking Noises

If you hear a loud knocking noises from your engine when driving, it may be a sign of serious engine trouble. If this knocking noise becomes more frequent as your revs increase, you should definitely get it checked out. In most cases, this knocking is caused by worn-out engine bearings, which often means that the bottom half of the engine will have to be rebuilt.

More Exhaust Smoke Than Usual

If there appears to be excessive exhaust smoke coming out of your exhaust, this is a sure sign of engine trouble. Blue smoke means that your oil is being burned up, leading to lubrication issues for your engine as it becomes thirsty for oil. On the other hand, white smoke indicates a coolant leak and black smokes indicates that large amounts of gasoline are being ignited – more than is necessary. All of these smoke issues can lead to major engine trouble, such as gasket problems and burned valves.

Diminished Power

Sometimes you don’t see or hear engine trouble – you feel it when you are driving. If you experience a general lack of power from your engine, it’s an obvious sign that something is afoot. Are you finding that you’re struggling to accelerate as quickly as usual? If you drive a manual car, are you forced to move up gears much more early than usual? If your vehicle can’t climb to the speeds it normally can, you need to have your engine assessed by a mechanic sooner rather than later.

Are you experiencing any of these signs of engine trouble? Although these signs are obvious, other side effects of engine trouble are more subtle and insidious, causing you long-term damage over time. As a result, it is important to have your vehicle inspected and maintained regularly to ensure its long-term condition. If you’re experiencing engine trouble or simply desire a checkup, call Paragon Motors today and speak to a member of our passionate team.


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