How to Tell if Engine Trouble Is Brewing

How to Tell if Engine Trouble Is Brewing

How to Tell if Engine Trouble Is BrewingBy being familiar with common signs of engine trouble, you'll know to get to the shop when symptoms first emerge. This will reduce the risk of the problem worsening to the point that catastrophic damage occurs. Here's a look at six signs that you need engine repair.

Knocking Noise

If your oil level is extremely low, you may hear a repetitive knocking sound that arises due to inadequate lubrication. It's possible that simply adding oil will take care of this symptom. However, in this situation, it's also possible that you'll need a rebuild on the bottom end of your engine.


Vibrations stemming from your engine might also be the result of low oil, with the source of the vibrating being metal-on-metal contact.

Check Engine Light

When the check engine light comes on, it doesn't automatically mean that you're on the verge of disaster. Still, it's best to soon get to the shop for diagnostics so that you don't risk a minor issue turning into a major one.

Decreasing Fuel-Efficiency

While there are various issues that can cause worsening gas mileage, one possibility to consider is a compression stroke problem.

Excessive/Discolored Exhaust Smoke

Oftentimes the smoke's color can help you figure out what the underlying issue is. Black smoke suggests that too much fuel is being burned. Blue-tinted smoke is a sign of an oil leak. White smoke is indicative of a coolant leak.

Loss of Power

In older vehicles that have loads of miles, it shouldn't be particularly alarming if a small amount of power has been gradually lost over time. But a sudden and pronounced loss of power means you should have your car checked out by a mechanic.

If you need engine repair, be sure to visit a reputable mechanic. For engine repair in Sedona, AZ, contact the experts at Red Rock Auto Center at (928) 451-7431. Feel free to give Red Rock Auto Center a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your repair or maintenance needs!

Red Rock Auto Center Blog
Posted: June 26, 2020

Written and Published By MORBiZ