The mechanics at LMC Complete Automotive in Spring, Texas, always recommend sticking to the maintenance schedule for your vehicle to avoid potentially costly engine repair. However, despite the best efforts of car owners, problems can manifest even in the most well cared for automobiles. Therefore, instead of beating yourself up over the potential repair costs, get your vehicle into the shop as soon as possible, especially if you notice one or any combination of these six signs of engine trouble.
The first possible sign that something may be off with your engine is the illumination of the check engine light. While this light does not always indicate something seriously wrong with the engine, it is an indicator that something may be awry. Therefore, if you notice the check engine light illuminates on your dash, then take it for diagnostic testing as soon as possible to determine the cause.
Another potential sign of engine trouble is the sudden loss of fuel economy. Unfortunately, people don’t always notice this issue right away, which can result in a more significant problem later on. However, there are many possible explanations for worsening fuel efficiency, from old and stale oil to compression issues in the engine. The only way to know the cause of inadequate fuel consumption is to take your vehicle in for an inspection.
How old is your vehicle? If you own an older car and have noticed a subtle decline in power, then it may be completely normal. However, if your car is not that old and you notice a sudden and significant power loss, then that could be indicative of something seriously wrong with your engine. You should take your car in for diagnostics immediately.
A tapping or knocking noise can be either a simple fix or a serious issue requiring an engine rebuild. In one scenario, the oil level may be low, and the sound is happening because of a lack of lubrication. You should be able to add oil and remedy this problem. However, the problem may indicate something wrong at the bottom end of your engine, in which case, you should get your car to the shop right away.
If you have been experiencing any of these signs, then contact LMC Complete Automotive. We will be happy to look under the hood.