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Signs your car’s engine could be doomed

Signs your car’s engine could be doomed

Things to be aware of that damaged engines tend to do…

Car engines certainly (generally) last longer than they used to, however as an engine gets older the chances increase that you could have a significant engine failure/issue.

Ahead of a potential total failure your car may let you know that something is wrong and could possibly give you a series of signs that things aren’t as healthy as they used to be.

So, what should we look out for?

Our friends from the non-profit Car Care Council suggest these are the most likely signs that your engine is doomed:

Check Engine Light

An illuminated check engine light indicates a vehicle system, such as the ignition, fuel injection or emission control, is not operating properly.

Even if the vehicle appears to be running normally you should never ignore the check engine light, doing so can negatively impact your fuel economy or cause damage resulting in more costly repairs.

Strange Sounds

Many motorists are familiar with the noises their vehicles make ‘normally’.

However, any noise that is new, different or suspicious may indicate a problem, including a high-pitched squeal, grinding or thumping.

Sounds under the bonnet, such as hissing, can also indicate that your vehicle is in need of attention.

Strange Smells

Although cars burn fossil fuels that create emissions, these odours should remain outside of the car.

Unusual smells that could signal engine damage include: burnt rubber, hot oil, petrol, sweet smell of syrup, burning carpet and rotten eggs.

When you smell any peculiar odour, you should not ignore it.

Smoke or Steam

Excessive amounts of smoke or steam are a sure sign that something isn’t right.

Although some smoke is normal, excessive amounts of dark smoke in particular indicates that oil is leaking into the combustion chamber and is being burned along with the fuel.

Don’t Ignore Issues

Act quickly and you can help avoid more serious engine/mechanical system damage.

Got any other motoring tips you would like to share with us? Send us an email via feedback@behindthewheel.com.au or use the Comments section below.

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About Kate Richards 1678 Articles
Kate has always had an interest in writing and cars and now as a key member of the Behind the Wheel website team she gets to spend her days consumed by both. Aside from being a contributor and an editor at Behind the Wheel, Kate enjoys driving her Lancer EVO and walking her beloved dog, Max!

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