Is your Check Engine light on? Is your engine making a strange sound? Both could be indicators of an array of engine problems. A faulty engine is not an issue you want to wait to get checked. A damaged engine will significantly affect your vehicle’s performance and can lead to your vehicle stalling at any point.
Maintaining your engine increases the likelihood that your vehicle will last for a long time. Your vehicle will last longer if you maintain routine engine maintenance and immediately attend to any necessary engine repairs. The better care you give your car, the better performance it will give you. The best care for your vehicle is at Jensen Tire & Auto! Our ASE-certified service technicians have the tools and experience to diagnose, service, and maintain your vehicle at all 21 of our stores, conveniently located throughout Omaha and in Lincoln, Fremont, Council Bluffs, and surrounding areas.
Common Engine Problems:
Excess exhaust smoke
The color of the exhaust can give you an idea of the engine issue:
- Black - too much gasoline is being burned
- White - problem with the cooling system in which coolant is burning in the combustion chamber
- Blue - oil being burned in the combustion chamber
The most common cause of engine knocking is an issue with the fuel-air mixture. Other explanations include:
- Low oil levels
- A worn-out valve or lifter
- A bad spark plug
- An overheated engine
Can indicate a part of your engine is failing. Stalling can also happen because there is too little oxygen or fuel for complete combustion to occur.
This can indicate a battery level issue. Difficulty starting your vehicle could also signal a problem with fuel pressure, damaged spark plugs, or bad oil circulation causing friction.
This could be a sign of:
- Clogged fuel injectors
- Dirty air filters
- Bad spark plugs or ignition coils
- Faulty fuel pump
Check Engine light
Variety of different engine-related issues
Jensen Tire & Auto service associates diagnose issues in the engine by analyzing into the following:
- Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)
- Ignition system
- Electrical systems
- Fuel injection system
- Obstruction systems
- Loose or worn-out hoses
If it’s been a while since you’ve had an expert examine under the hood, find a location near you and come on into Jensen Tire & Auto.
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Check Engine Light
The Check Engine light comes on and ruins your day. However, what does that little light mean? It usually lets you know that one or more issues are happening somewhere in your engine. The Check Engine light can indicate something as simple as a loose gas cap to problems as critical as a blown head gasket. The state of your Check Engine light gives you a clue about the situation’s urgency. If your light is flashing, your vehicle needs servicing immediately! If the light is steady, an experienced service technician should examine your vehicle as soon as possible.
A check engine light can indicate:
- loose or faulty gas cap
- worn spark plugs
- faulty catalytic converter
- dirty or faulty mass airflow sensor
- (list of the different issues that could be occurring)
At Jensen Tire and Auto, our expert service technicians will determine what your Check Engine light is indicating. Most vehicles are equipped with advanced digital engine monitoring systems that find and prevent problems that will harm your vehicle. The computer system in the vehicle engine gets details from a network of sensors and switches, which provide instructions for the ignition, fuel systems, and emission control systems. When any of those systems fail or misfire, it triggers the computer system to turn on your vehicle’s Check Engine light.
Having issues checked as soon as possible can prevent other engine components from failing. Schedule an appointment today with a Jensen Tire and Auto certified service technician to ensure your engine is running efficiently and effectively.
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How to maintain a healthy engine
The best way to keep your engine functioning properly is to schedule regular checks and tune-ups for your engine. Follow any preventive measures outlined in your owner’s manager to learn more about ways to keep your engine running smoothly. The more you stay on top of caring for your vehicle and getting routine checks, the longer your car or truck will last.
Some things you can check to ensure your engine is in good condition include:
- Check cooling system
- Check the air filters
- Change your engines oil regularly
- Check for all leaks or drips from your vehicle
Just as there are things you can do to keep your engine healthy, there are also things to avoid that keep your engine from being damaged. Never ignore or put off the Check Engine light! Avoid excessive engine revving when your vehicle is not in drive. You should also always ensure that you have enough fuel to drive and should never drive on an empty tank.
Routine engine maintenance is essential to the functionality and longevity of your vehicle. At Jensen Tire & Auto, we understand that you want quality service with competitively priced options. That is why if you find a lower locally advertised competitor service coupon* on any service we offer, we’ll match it – PERIOD!
Ignoring engine issues can lead to a domino effect of other mechanical failures. If you notice any signs of engine problems, bring your vehicle to any Jensen Tire and Auto location today!