Regular car maintenance sounds costly but it is important to keep your vehicle in great condition and save you from very expensive engine repair. Maintenance and fast repair is the best way to get the most out of your vehicle. Next time the check engine light comes up, pay attention to these common areas of engine problems that may need repairs:
Oil change necessary
Engine oil maintains lubrication between the moving parts of the engine to reduce friction and to reduce heat. Changing your engine oil is necessary to maintain proper engine function. If you engine is not properly lubricated, the engine will overheat and the parts will seize. Lower engine oil levels are also sign of leakage or burning. Sometimes the oil starvation is caused by an oil pump failure.
Clogged or missing oil filter
The engine oil can build up leaving deposits on the intake valves, combustion chambers and park plugs. Dirty oil ruins the vehicles bearings by leaving debris, which embeds in the surface. Dirty engine oil may be due to a clogged or missing oil filter.
Detonation or spark knock is a common engine problem. It is a type of combustion resulting from the buildup of heat and pressure in the combustion chamber of the engine. You will hear a metallic knocking or pinging noise from your engine in case this happens. Engine repair is necessary when the knocks are heavy or if there is prolonged detonation as it can cause serious damage to the parts. Damage includes crushing the rod bearings, blowing the head gasket or punching holes in your pistons. Prolonged pinging noises should send your car to the garage immediately.
Faulty oxygen sensors
This is also another common engine repair area. The oxygen sensor measures the amount of oxygen that has not burnt in the exhaust and transmits this information to the car’s data system as to how much fuel is left in the tank. If your car receives incorrect information, you will experience lower gas mileage.
The compression of air and fuel facilitates the engines combustion process. If the valves are not sealed properly, the cylinder has a hole or if the piston rings are worn out, the air leak can cause lack of compression and combustion in the engine.
In case your engine is overheating, you may be leaking coolant. Overheating engines can experience irreparable damage. You should always ensure that the coolant is clean and the cooling system works perfectly whenever operating the vehicle. A dirty coolant can also cause clogging in the radiator. If the radiator is filled with sediment from a dirty coolant or corroded from hard water, it could cause your engine to overheat as w