We always say that skipping on car maintenance can lead to costly car repairs in the future. But what you should know is that even if you’re the type who never misses a maintenance car checkup or takes all the preventive measures, car engines are bound to give at some point. So how do you know if it’s time for some serious engine repair services? Here are the cues that you should pay attention to.
Check Engine Light Is On
This light don’t go off for no reason at all. So when it does, don’t assume that whatever problem that it may be telling you about can wait, because if it can, it wouldn’t be switched on. Many of the issues it detects relate to power loss, so do not ignore this ominous light.
Cut Out Or Struggle Up An Incline
When this happens, there’s a big possibility that your fuel filter dis clogged, hence your engine is losing power. To keep your engine free from gunk, the filter end up accumulating the dirt this is why the fuel struggle to get through it. As a result, the fuel doesn’t reach the engine in a timely manner and you lose power when you’re up an incline.
There’s A Lot Of Shaking
Engine tremble when idle at a stop light and tremors through the steering wheel or into the rest of the vehicle are often followed by loss of power. These are known symptoms of misfiring cylinders. If this is your engine’s case, there are three most likely reasons: spark loss, lost compression or a way-out-of-whack air-to-fuel ratio. Any of these three not only needs a lot of work but as well as expertise to diagnose and solve. Therefore, it would be best for you to take your car to the mechanic for a car repair.
Backfiring Or Smoking Exhaust
This can mean there’s too much fuel or too little spark, but either way they can both cause power loss. When your spark plugs are covered with engine oil, ash or other deposit, it does cause misfire, but once there’s black smoke that may indicate spark problems that can lead to engine damage. When you notice either of these while you’re on the road, pull up at the roadside and call for a tow. You need to get your vehicle checked by a mechanic immediately.
Car Loses Power When You Try To Accelerate
Sounds like your fuel system is malfunctioning which is keeping your engine from drawing more fuel to accelerate. Fuel system may malfunction because of clogged injector, leaking fuel line, or gummed-up filter or kaput fuel pump. While you may be able to fix the problem yourself if you’re familiar with this and you have the proper tools, make sure you have the right diagnosis and skills before you proceed. Otherwise, it may be best to consult a professional especially if the problem is a bit more complex than usual.