5 Damaged engine warning signs to look out for

The engine is the heart of the car, and it is very important that we take good care of it! However, we understand that some of us might overlook potential damaged engine warning signs. In order to help you, we will now take a look at some of the signs which tell you when something is wrong under the bonnet.


1. Check Engine warning light

5 damaged engine warning signs to look out for

The “Check Engine” light is triggered by the car’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU) when they detect an issue. There are a few reasons when the check engine lights up, from small issues such as a faulty sensor to more severe problems such as a damaged spark plug.


2. Weird noises

5 damaged engine warning signs to look out for

If your car starts created suspicious noises that you never heard before, it might be a damaged engine warning sign. If your car creates knocking noises, chances are the rod bearings have worn out or they’ve gotten too loose. The bearings will likely fail soon, get it checked and fixed!

If your engine is letting out some ear-splitting squeaks and squeals, the fan belt is taking some real punishment. When it gets loose and worn down the belt stops moving at the same pace as the pulleys controlling it, resulting in a grating high pitched noise.

A grinding noise probably means your front brake pads are getting shaved away every time you hit the road. When the last bit of the pad is gone, the metal backing plate clamps directly onto the brake disc, significantly reducing the car’s braking effectiveness. We strongly advise not getting in your car when things get this bad.


3. Oil or fluid spotting

5 damaged engine warning signs to look out for

If you spot a patch of oil or fluid right beneath your parked car, your car is leaking oil. Get it checked before your engine runs dry and gets more expensive to fix!


4. Excessive smoke

You should get worried when you notice blue, black or white smoke. Blue smoke most likely means that there is an oil leak, and your engine is burning oil. If you notice white smoke coming from your tailpipe constantly, even on warm days, that could be caused by an engine that’s consuming coolant. Since coolant is partially water, it’ll create a similar white smoke as it evaporates in the engine and exits the tailpipe. And lastly, if you see black smoke even after the engine warms up, then that could mean the air filter has been clogged up.

Bring it to a trustable workshop which could be found in the UDRIVERS app and replace whatever needs to be replaced.


5. Loss of engine power 

Is your car experiencing a loss of power? Maybe a slight delay or struggling to rev normally. If yes, it is a sign that there is an issue with your engine!

If your engine feels like it’s down on power and not working as well as it used to, get it checked and rectified before it can get worse or cause damage to other components.


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