Choosing Car Repairs

3 Signs Your Engine Is Going To Need To Be Repaired

Your vehicle engine is the most important part of your vehicle. It needs to be cared for and watched for signs of issues that are going to require your engine to be repaired. An engine issue is going to be costly, so if you see a problem, you need to have it repaired right away to prevent an even bigger issue that can cost you even more money. A complete engine repair is something that you don't want to have to pay for, but during the lifetime of your vehicle, it may be something you encounter. Read on for some signs to watch out for that would indicate you need engine repair.

1. Knocking Sounds

If your engine is making knocking sounds, it could be a sign that your engine is out of oil. It could also mean that your engine has been running without oil and is now damaged. If your engine runs without oil, it could damage the pistons and rings that make your engine run. If you continue to run it without oil, eventually your engine will simply blow up and stop working altogether. To have the pistons and rings repaired can be very costly. Be sure you check your oil often and have your oil changed frequently. 

2. Engine Not Turning Over

If your engine is not starting at all, it could just be the battery, or your engine may have a problem. You should first have your battery removed and tested at your local auto repair shop or auto supply shop. If this isn't the issue, you need to have the engine inspected and repaired as required. 

3. Engine Running After Vehicle Turned Off

If your engine is running after you've already turned off your vehicle and even after you've removed the key, it could be a sign of a problem with the timing belt. A timing belt problem can be expensive, as the entire engine may have to be removed in order to get to it. If you have a timing belt problem, you may also have a problem with the timing belt guides, which can wear out with vibration from the engine. If you have this issue, take it in right away to have it repaired before you end up with further problems.

If you notice any of these issues, you need to have your vehicle repaired. Take it into your local auto repair shop to have your engine inspected by a professional mechanic and repaired before your issue worsens.