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How to Recognize Engine Problems

What's that sound? Does something smell funny? Cars can be very complicated and sometimes it's difficult to know if there's an actual problem. However, there are several warning signs that you can look out for to spot engine damage. These warning signs typically require immediate attention, but the sooner the problem is attended to, the more likely it is that it can be fixed.

If something seems off about your car, don't ignore it! Recognizing a problem early leads to a better chance of being able to fix it. 

If something seems off about your car, don't ignore it! Recognizing a problem early leads to a better chance of being able to fix it. 

Check engine light or other dashboard lights illuminated

This may seem like a no brainer to some. However, there are many people who let their check engine light stay on and pay no mind to it. Out of all of the lights on the dashboard, the most important are Check Engine, Check Oil, and Low Oil Pressure. The Check Engine light is the most difficult and confusing warning due to the amount of causes behind it. It could indicate that something is wrong with your ignition or it could be something as small as not screwing your gas cap on tightly. 

Noises

All cars make some strange noises on a daily basis. These noises could include slight ticking or clicking. However, if you notice any new or different sounds, it may mean that attention is required. The main sounds to look out for are squealing, grinding, thumping, or hissing. If you notice any of these sounds or any other unfamiliar noises, try to pinpoint the general area of where its occurring and having a professional check it out.

Funny smells

Unusual smells are a huge warning sign when it comes to engine damage. Be on the lookout for smells similar to burnt rubber, hot oil, gasoline, burning carpet, and rotten eggs. Never ignore odd smells coming from your car even if it is not among the ones listed. Have your car serviced immediately.

Engine problems could be pinpointed by the things you smell or see.

Engine problems could be pinpointed by the things you smell or see.

Steam or smoke

Some smoke can be normal. However, excessive amounts are an indicator that something is wrong under the hood. Be especially aware of dark smoke.

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