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The engine is a sensitive piece of machinery, powering your vehicle to get you from point A to point B. Modern engines are also referred to as internal combustion engines; they work by heating and combusting fuel inside to move your vehicle by powering pistons. The main outer portion of the engine is called the engine block, it is a large structure with large cylinders where the pistons can move inside as the engine is powered. Cylinders, and other passages built into the engine, allow coolant to flow, which in turn, cools the engine as it works.
There are different types of engines, usually defined by their number of cylinders, and in turn, the amount of power they can produce. Inside the engine is an area called a combustion chamber, this is where your engine creates the energy necessary to move pistons and power your vehicle. Inside the combustion chamber fuel is fired up and evaporated, being used to create energy which moves your car.
Signs Your Engine is Failing
Being such a huge component of any vehicle, the engine makes it very obvious when there is trouble. Here are a few signs you should watch for, if you’re wondering whether your engine needs repair.
Starting Troubles: Key is in the ignition, turning to start, and click, click, click, thud! That’s not good. If you’re having trouble starting your vehicle, there are a few different reasons for the trouble, one being the engine. If your engine refuses to turn over during the starting process, it’s time to visit a mechanic and make sure it’s nothing serious. Sometimes, starting trouble can be due to faulty wiring, dying batteries, or a problem with the alternator. We offer a thorough diagnosis, and guarantee fast affordable, high-quality service every time.
Shaking and Noises: If your car usually runs fairly smoothly and suddenly you’re feeling some shaking, or hearing strange sounds from beneath the hood, your engine just might be on the way out. Grinding, whining, or clicking are never good signs, especially when combined with turbulent travels, or unusual smells from the engine.
Poor Mileage: You can keep track of your mileage by writing down the number on your odometer each time you fill-up the tank. Keep your eye on how much gas you get per mile, and if it’s getting worse, the engine might just be to blame. Your engine consumes fuel, burning it in the combustion chamber to create mechanical energy. If fuel is being consumed at too high a rate, it could be due to overheating or another issue.
Idling and Stalling: Nothing is more embarrassing than stalling on the road, but it could be worse than you think, especially if you’re in an automatic. Manuals are infamous for stalling when the clutch isn’t initiated properly, or RPM is overdrawn, but an automatic shouldn’t stall unless there’s a serious issue. If you’re experiencing stalling or idling from your vehicle, contact us for an appointment with a certified mechanic. Our thorough engine diagnosis service will help put your mind at ease, and get your vehicle back in working order in no time.
It is especially important to seek help for engine trouble as soon as you notice a problem. Engine repairs can be daunting, especially because they can be more costly than other repairs. Keep in mind that the sooner you have maintenance work done to rectify damage to your engine, the less money you’ll spend on repairs in the future. Replacing your entire engine is always more expensive than fixing a small engine problem now.
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