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Shop Hours: Mon – Thurs, 7:00AM – 5:45pM

Closed Friday – Sunday
closed for lunch 12:30-1:30 daily
Before & After hours Drop off/pickup available

4 Common Engine Problems and How to Fix Them

Service engine soon light on dashboard indicates engine problemsYour car’s engine puts in serious work to keep you safely traveling to all your destinations. The motor serves as the heart of your car, after all, ensuring you can keep moving down the road without disruption.

That’s why it’s so heartbreaking when problems arise, leaving you dealing with poor engine performance—or worse, a car that won’t start up anymore. Fortunately, your Canton CT auto repair shop can diagnose and fix all the most common engine issues when you come into the shop.

Wondering just what could go wrong with your car’s engine? Here’s a look at the four common engine problems and how to fix them with help from your trusted mechanic.

Oil Starvation

Motor oil must properly circulate through the entire engine to cool, lubricate, and clean the moving parts. Otherwise, the internals will experience excessive wear and damage, resulting in catastrophic failure sooner than you might expect.

Unfortunately, all it takes is a bad oil pump, low oil level, or restriction in the system for oil starvation to occur. You’ll see your oil pressure light turn on when that happens, letting you know it’s time to switch your car off and have it towed into the shop.

Car Won’t Start

When you turn the key, your engine should fire right up without hesitation. If it doesn’t, then you likely have a problem with air, fuel, or spark delivery. Your car cannot start up and run if it’s not getting the ideal air/fuel mixture and spark at all the right intervals.

If you hear a clicking noise when you turn the key, then it’s often your battery that’s the cause of the issue. Since there are so many potential causes, vehicle diagnostic services are key in figuring out what went wrong.

Engine Overheating

Once it’s warmed up, your engine needs to stay at the ideal operating temperature to keep running at its best. If the temp exceeds the upper limit of that range, it could wreak havoc on your head gasket or even lead to catastrophic engine failure.

So, always keep an eye on your gauges and shut down your engine ASAP if it gets too hot. Then, come into the shop for repairs to minimize the damage to your engine and get back on the road fast.

Carbon Buildup

The switch to direct fuel injection has resulted in more carbon buildup than ever before. With carburetors and regular fuel injection, additives in the fuel would clean carbon off the valves and ports.

Direct injection keeps fuel from reaching those parts and rinsing them clean. Carbon buildup is hard to remove, so prevention is key. For the best results, get regular maintenance done on schedule, including induction services. 

Need Engine Repairs? Collinsville Auto Repair Can Help 

When your engine troubles begin, look to Collinsville Auto Repair for help resolving the issue. We’ll always take the time to accurately diagnose the cause of the issue and recommend the right engine repair services. We’re well-versed in the most common engine problems and how to fix them, so you can count on us to provide accurate repair recommendations.

Whenever you feel like your car could use some help, just give us a call at (860) 693-4588 to find the best time to come in for engine service. You can also fill out our online form if that’s easier. If you prefer to talk with us in person, swing by 146 Powder Mill Road, Canton, CT 06019 instead. No matter how you get in touch with our team, we’ll help you get on the schedule and enjoy a truly convenient engine repair experience.

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