We rely on our vehicles for many reasons; to get to work, connect us with family and friends or simply to make it easier to collect a big food shop. Your engine is the heart of your vehicle, so if you’re used to relying on your car in your day to day life, the thought of any engine problems can be daunting.

Damage to your engine can have a significant impact on your vehicle’s performance, but luckily you can save yourself a lot of stress and money if you know the warning signs to look out for. Diagnosing any engine problems sooner rather than later can ensure the issue gets fixed before it causes any more harm to your car, so if you notice any of the warning signs below, take your vehicle to a professional garage as soon as possible.

The engine light is on

Warning lights on your dashboard are one of the main safety systems put in place to indicate that something is wrong with your vehicle, so they shouldn’t be ignored. If your check engine light (CEL) is turned on then this could indicate several issues, such as damaged spark plugs, an oxygen sensor that needs replacing or a fuel cap that isn’t on tight enough.

Unusual noises

A knocking or clunking noise from underneath the bonnet is usually an indication that your engine is failing, often as the result of damage to pistons, bearings or other moving parts. It’s important to take your vehicle in as soon as possible to prevent a breakdown at the side of the road, particularly if you hear other noises such as popping or spitting form your exhaust pipe.

Strange odours

It’s natural for exhaust fumes to be noticeable from time to time, but you should never be able to smell emissions from inside your vehicle. If you can smell a strong exhaust odour, oil or any other gas or fume smells inside your car then it’s a strong sign that there’s an engine issue.

Excessive exhaust smoke

An increase in exhaust smoke can be caused by several issues; black smoke suggests that your engine may be suffering from incomplete combustion, causing it to burn too much fuel. This can be due to a damaged fuel injector or air filter, mechanical damage or a clogged fuel line. Dark blue smoke indicates that your engine is burning oil (from a leak), but any colour of excess smoke should be looked at right away.

If you suspect that your vehicle is suffering engine problems, bring it in to see the experts at Adderley Green Garage. Our car diagnostic services are the fast and easy way to identify any engine problems, and with over 30 years’ experience, we have all the skills you need to fix any problems we might find. For more information or to book an appointment, give us a call today or visit our website.