The engine in your vehicle is what keeps your car running and working. It is no surprise that if your engine isn’t in great shape, your car won’t be, either, and you’ll need to visit your local auto repair shop. There are a few ways that you’ll know your engine is in need of repairs:
Check Engine Light Turns On
A check engine light indicates a serious problem with your ignition, fuel or emission system. If this light comes on, it is a serious problem and needs immediate attention.
When your engine stops running and your cars stalls, this could indicate a problem with the electrical system in your car or the fuel system. The engine is unable to ignite the gas in the car’s cylinders and requires attention from a certified technician.
Engine Clicking or Ticking
If your engine starts to sound like your watch, you may be having a problem with the car’s oil pressure. A damaged or clogged oil pump could be preventing oil from reaching all of the components necessary to run the vehicle.
To keep your car running at its best, it is important to keep the engine in optimal condition. Take your vehicle for its scheduled maintenance, perform yearly emissions tests and visit Acequia Automotive, Inc. with any questions or concerns you have regarding your car.
Engine maintenance has changed over the years. In the past, there were many parts of the ignition system and fuel system that needed frequent attention. Today’s engines still need maintenance. Some of the more common things that need attention include:
- Spark plugs – normally need to be replaced every 35,000-90,000 miles depending on the specific design
- Timing Belts – they are an important component of your engine. In engines referred to as interference engines, a broken or slipped timing belt can severely damage an engine. Timely maintenance of these belts is the best option.
A poorly performing engine can lead to other failures. It is best to have it checked often. However, replacement intervals vary from car to car. If you have any indicator lights on, questions or concerns, give us a call and we’ll help with your specific needs!