You care about your car so of course, you’ll want to keep your engine running smoothly over the years. When that dreaded check engine light comes on, it is in your best interests to address the issue as quickly as possible to prevent further damage to your engine. Aside from the check engine light, you may also notice a variety of other symptoms when your engine isn’t running at its optimal level, including:
- A decrease in fuel efficiency
- Excessive oil consumption
- Tapping or knocking noises
- Smoke from the tailpipe
- Sluggish acceleration
If you are experiencing engine troubles, it could be that you just need some fresh oil or you may require more extensive engine repair. Here at Integrity First Auto, we provide expert engine repair service for both domestic and imported vehicles. We’ll be happy to help you keep your engine functioning as it should. For the most extreme cases, we can replace your engine as well.
Car Engine Repair and Replacement
When you bring your car to us, we’ll start by diagnosing the problem. Before we proceed with any work, we’ll provide you with a repair estimate outlining the costs involved for your approval. The specific engine repair costs will depend on the extent of the damage and the difficulty of the repairs. In general, catching problems as early as possible can help to minimize your engine repair costs. We work hard to keep our prices affordable without sacrificing quality.
The head gaskets sit between the engine block and the cylinder heads to prevent coolant and engine oil from leaking into the cylinders. When you have a blown head gasket, your car engine may overheat. You may also notice whitish smoke coming from your exhaust. Head gasket repair typically takes several days and could be a sign that you’ll need more extensive repairs in the future.
The cylinders provide the tracks for the pistons to pump in and out of. Over time, the lining of the cylinders can wear down. If your engine isn’t properly lubricated with engine oil, the pistons can seize up in the cylinders, and your engine will fail to run.
The crankshaft turns to force the pistons in and out of the cylinders, so a problem with your crankshaft will cause your engine to fail. The crankshaft is under an immense amount of pressure. It will need to be replaced periodically to prevent damage to the rest of your engine.
The valvetrain opens and closes your engine’s valves, letting air pass through the engine. If the valvetrain isn’t functioning properly, the internal combustion won’t be as efficient, making it difficult for your engine to deliver the power you need.
As the pistons pull out of the cylinders, the intake valves open, bringing air into the combustion chamber. This process is called the intake stroke. Issues here will reduce your engine’s combustion efficiency.
In the compression stroke, the air and gas in the combustion chamber are ignited. Problems in this phase will cause your engine to fail as the gas isn’t burning as it should.
In the power stroke phase, the compressed gas expands to deliver power from your engine to the wheels. Failure in this phase can diminish the power you experience as you drive.
In this stage, any remaining gas and air in the combustion chamber are released through the exhaust valves, relieving the pressure in your engine. Problems in this area can cause serious damage to your engine and need to be addressed immediately.
The pistons pump in and out of the cylinders throughout the four-stroke phases, creating the necessary compression in your engine. Like the cylinders, the pistons can wear down over time due to friction and may need to be replaced periodically.
Engine Maintenance Services
Keeping up with regular care and engine maintenance is the best way to prolong the life of your engine. Here’s what you need to do:
- Change Your Oil – Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding how frequently you need to change your oil and what type of oil to use.
- Allow Your Car to Warm Up – When your engine is cold, the oil thickens, making it more difficult for it to do its job. Allowing your engine to warm up for a few minutes will help that oil flow smoothly.
- Flush Your Fluids – Over time, build up in your engine’s fluids can diminish their efficacy. For most vehicles, you should have this done about every 30,000 to 60,000 miles per manufacturer recommendations.
- Get Regular Checkups – Have your mechanic give your engine a quick inspection each time you bring your car in. The earlier you can catch any issues, the lower your costs for engine repair service are likely to be.
- Use the Right Gasoline – If your car requires premium gasoline, you should not substitute lower-quality gas. Check your owner’s manual for the specific octane level your vehicle needs.
When your vehicle is in need of service or engine maintenance, Integrity First Auto should be your first and only call. Get in touch with us today to schedule an appointment with our expert engine repair technicians.