Common Symptoms of Engine Trouble

Common Symptoms of Engine Trouble


As soon as you suspect an engine problem, you'll want to be proactive about getting to the shop. By acting quickly, you'll have a much better chance of addressing the issue before it worsens and becomes much more costly to repair. At Absolut Autoworks, our local mechanics use the latest computerized diagnostic equipment to accurately pinpoint engine problems. Once the issue is correctly identified, we'll work diligently to get the repairs done ASAP so that you can get back on the road in short order.

The Check Engine Light

When the check engine light turns on, it doesn't automatically mean that your engine is on the cusp of failure. However, you'll want to get to the shop for diagnostics so the issue that's triggering the light can be remedied before it gets worse. Common check engine light triggers include issues with catalytic converters, oxygen sensors, and mass airflow sensors. But something as simple as a loose gas cap could also cause the light to turn on.

Signs of an Engine Issue

You'll want to keep an ear out for strange sounds coming from your engine. It's important to bear in mind that you know what your vehicle sounds like when it's running well. If something sounds amiss, it'll be worth further investigation. A repetitive knocking noise could be due to extremely low oil, with the sound arising due to a lack of lubrication. In such a situation, you could be at risk of metal-on-metal contact causing major damage to your engine's moving parts. A knocking sound could also be due to parts of the air/fuel mixture igniting early.

Discolored exhaust smoke can give hints about underlying engine issues. Black smoke suggests that an excessive amount of fuel is being burned up. Blue-tinged smoke is a symptom of an oil leak. White smoke is a sign that coolant is leaking internally. It's important that cooling system issues are promptly addressed so that you don't risk overheating causing major engine trouble, such as a cracked block.

If your engine loses a significant amount of power, then you may have a serious problem. You don't necessarily need to be alarmed if your old vehicle has gradually lost some power as it has entered its golden years. But an abrupt and severe loss of power could mean you're dealing with worn-out pistons or another major issue.

Engine Repair in Sterling, VA

When you need engine repair in Sterling, VA, contact Absolut Autoworks at (703) 437-1607. At our local auto shop, we can expertly conduct any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs. Feel free to give us a call today to schedule an appointment!


Absolut Autoworks Blog
Posted: July 24, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ