Although the two words ‘engine repair’ sends most drivers running for the hills, some of the finest vehicles on the road have undergone this service. While the question is often, “Is it worth the money,” a vehicle with a strong backbone is, generally, always worth the investment.

At Tires Too, our experienced technicians take the time to thoroughly inspects all aspects of the current engine. This process allows us to provide you with honest recommendations and answer the above question. Here, we’re providing three signs that it may be time to give our team a call.

 

Decreased Fuel Efficiency

With gas prices on the rise, the last thing any driver needs is to be spending more time at the pump. While several different ailments can cause decreased fuel efficiency, it can also be a sign of engine failure. Often, a quick and inexpensive tune-up will remedy the situation. However, catching it sooner rather than later could save you thousands of dollars if there is something more serious going on.

 

Unusual Knocking Sounds

Any unusual noise in a vehicle should be addressed. Again, for various reasons, these sounds are often telltale signs of another problem. However, knocking noises from your engine are generally an indicator that the bearings need replacement. By ignoring the need for bearing replacement, you could face a complete engine seizure.

 

Fluids, Leaks, and Exhaust Smoke

Fluid under your vehicle is a sure sign that it is time to give your mechanic a call. Operating with several fluids, your vehicle relies on each for different functions. For example, we all know vehicles require oil and regular oil changes. But did you know that an oil leak could mean anything from a worn filter to deteriorated valve cover gaskets? Because of the range of causes, the safest path is always to have your vehicle inspected by a professional.

Likewise, unusual exhaust smoke could mean many different things. As well know, black smoke is never a good sign. Often the cause of too much gas being used, black smoke almost always leads back to the engine. White smoke, while less alarming, can also lead back to a cracked engine block or blown head gasket. Again, a call to your mechanic is always the best path.

 

 

At Tires Too, we are a family-owned and operated auto shop dedicated to providing your vehicle a range of services. From engine repair to suspensions, hybrids to domestics, our team can handle any job.

Please feel free to give us a call to learn more about our auto shop or to schedule your appointment (603) 434-2730.