Common Indicators of Car Engine Failure

enginePurchasing a car is an essential investment because vehicles are useful in many ways. It is vital to ensure the engine of the car you are looking forward to buying is in optimal condition. You don’t want to experience breakdowns with your car, or other emergency conditions that may warrant the need for towing. But the questions looms; how are we able to detect common issues affecting the performance of car engine?

The engine of your vehicle is what creates the necessary power to turn wheels and have your car moving. If the engine experiences any damage due to issues such as high mileage or improper lubrication, your car is in danger of suffering a breakdown. Your car has many parts and systems with some being more critical than others. A malfunctioning engine can render your car worthless. The good news is that there are many warning signs when your engine is in trouble. Here, we discuss some of the common warning signs.


Engine Shaking Abnormally

If your car turns over just without problems but shakes while running, there could be a few issues with it. A bad spark plug may cause such a problem. Spark plugs wear out and cause such problems. The quickest solution is to change these plugs and see if you will run normally. Another possible reason for the above problem could be a loose or damaged hose. To fix the problem, ensure all vacuum and air hoses are properly connected and that there are no cracks in them. You need to tighten loose hoses and replace cracked ones to have the shaking stop. If the problem is beyond your fix, it might be associated with timing belt, where you need to see a mechanic.



SmokeSmoke, whether black, white or blue and coming from the engine is a warning sign something might be wrong. White smoke may be n=an indicator of a blown head gasket or a cracked cylinder head. Blue smoke normally means you have worn valves or piston rings are leaking oil into the combustion sector of the engine. Black smoke is an indicator of many things, leading being clogged air filter. Additionally, you might be having a malfunctioning emission system or an off ignition timing. Other than having a clogged air filter, fixing any of the other problems would possibly need a mechanic.




Unless your car is in a scorching weather, it usually takes no time for your engine to go from cold to hot, even under normal operating temperatures. If you notice that your engine is overheating, there are few elements to check. First, your cooling system may have leaks caused by lack of coolant or even a wrong coolant blend. If your engine is not leaking coolant, you may have a broken water pump. The most immediate solution is to try to replace water pump to get the cooling system working again. In case such a replacement doesn’t work, you may need to replace your radiator. However, note that a water pump or radiator replacement can be reasonably expensive, so it is advisable first to try coolant flush.