A malfunctioning engine is your worst nightmare, as it means your vehicle won’t continue to provide stellar performance like before. Fortunately, there are many warning signs your engine is in trouble before it seizes up on you.
Take a look:
Engine is shaking
Does your car shake slightly (or perhaps violently) while it is running? It is a classic indication of engine trouble.
Smoke coming from engine
Regardless of the color of smoke, if you see it coming from the engine, it means bad news like blown head gasket, cracked cylinder head, worn valves/piston rings, clogged air filter, etc.
Car gets overheated
Unless the weather is unusually hot, it should take a few minutes for your engine to go from cold to its normal operating temperature. If the car gets heated quickly or is hotter than normal, your engine might be leaking coolant.
Engine is too loud
If your car is louder than normal, it is most likely not the engine. The problem is in the exhaust system, which is connected to, but distinct from, the engine. Usually, it is the muffler or catalytic converter causing the loud noises.
How can you prevent the damage from happening?
Keep these pointers in mind and your car will continue to perform well as the shelf life of its engine is enhanced.