Recognizing the Common Symptoms of an Engine Problem

If you want to make sure that you stay safe on the road, it’s important that you know how to identify when there’s a problem with your engine. Not every noise your engine makes is necessarily cause for alarm, but you should be able to tell when it’s time to head to the nearest repair shop. These are some sure signs that your vehicle’s engine has a serious issue:

An unusual odor. If you notice a pungent smell coming from under your hood, you should have your vehicle checked out right away. A rotten-egg smell can indicate a problem with your exhaust system, a sweet smell can suggest an overheating engine, and a smell like burned toast can mean an electrical issue.

Reduced gas mileage. If a gallon of gasoline doesn’t take you as far as it used to, the problem could be with your engine. This issue could be due to bad oxygen sensors, worn-out spark plugs, bad fuel injectors, or another faulty component. Replacing the part as soon as possible will usually solve the problem.

A strange noise. When there’s an unusual sound coming from your engine, it can help to be able to identify the likely cause. A screeching sound can mean a loose fan belt, a persistent squealing can mean a worn-out belt, a popping sound could mean bad spark plugs or spark wires, and a loud rattling could mean any number of malfunctioning parts. In any event, you should have your engine looked at by a professional right away.

When you’re in need of a reliable body shop in Utah, you can put your trust in Dave’s Body Shop. Our team has been serving the community since 1942, and we take pride in using only the best parts and products to repair our customers’ vehicles. If you’d like to schedule an appointment at our shop today, call us at (801) 566-3906.

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