Is Your Vehicle Asking for Engine Repair?
You can’t see your car’s engine because it’s hidden beneath the hood and within the confines of exterior panels and the grill. If the vehicle’s exterior looks great, you might be tempted to ignore what’s contained within the engine compartment–until you try to operate the auto and discover that you’ve got trouble! In the case of your transportation, the adage “out of sight, out of mind” definitely should not apply. To learn the signs that signal the need for engine repair (before a breakdown) and to get expert service, rely on the technicians at KD Automotive in Redmond, Washington.
Know the Signs
Before your car’s engine dies, you’ll likely be able to observe some tell-tale signs if you know what to look for. For example, if you find fluid puddled underneath your auto after it has been sitting a while (particularly if you haven’t been using the air conditioner and/or the car has rested overnight), get one of our technicians to take a look. You might be seeing coolant or oil. A leak of either can become problematic if not addressed promptly. Without sufficient coolant, your vehicle can overheat, causing damage or perhaps even catastrophic engine failure. If your automobile lacks enough clean oil, your engine will experience increased internal friction, heating, and corrosion/abrasion, leading to damage and/or failure. Another tell-tale sign is an illuminated check engine light. Our staff can connect your car to an OBD-II reader to determine the cause of the warning and take the appropriate steps to fix the underlying issue. Are you buying more gas lately to travel the same overall distance per week? Yes, that, too, should raise a red flag. An engine in need of service often presents itself through a decrease in fuel economy. It may be time for a tune-up. If your bearings are worn due to age/high mileage and/or poor lubrication, you may hear a knocking sound. Be sure to take care of this issue before it causes your engine to seize. Finally, beware of an increase or significant color change in exhaust smoke. White smoke often points to a coolant leak, while black tells you that too much gas is being burned during combustion. An oil leak or burning oil may show itself through the emission of blue smoke.
Local, Reliable Engine Repair
No matter what your engine is telling you, answer its call with prompt, reliable service. There’s no need to search far and wide for trustworthy help. Simply bring your vehicle to KD Automotive for local engine repair that’s been respected for over a decade.