Novice drivers and car owners only expect the check engine sign on their dashboard to be the only sign of engine failure. There are many common indications of car engine failure that any car users should understand. Some of these indicators are subtle and do not require immediate attention. Others are grave. They need a serious mechanical look at the car to prevent further damage.
Indications of possible car engine failure
Total loss of power
A car owner may notice that after a while, the car is no longer performing heavy tasks with the ease that it used to in the past. The loss of engine power is a major indicator of connection problems between an engine and transmission. Either the engine is not passing enough power through gears to the rest of the wheels, or it is choking because of an inefficient burning of fuel. Engines need to burn fuel and convert the energy into motion, which makes the car move. If the engine is not efficiently burning fuel, it will not deliver sufficient power.
A heated engine is easy to notice. The bonnet of the car becomes very hot, and you might see smoke coming out. If this happens, then it is better to stop the vehicle and call mechanics. Excessive engine heating often comes from overworking the engine. It may also be due to a failing engine due to any other reason outlined above.
The understanding of engine problems should be mandatory knowledge for any car owner. Such knowledge is useful for diagnosing problems with a car and estimating the cost of repair. It might also help a person who is test-driving a used car with intentions of purchasing it. Unfortunately, the common indications of car engine failure remain unknown for most people and this cause many car owners to mistreat their cars when they need mechanical attention.
Normal cars should let out gray smoke, and in most cases, there should be water in the exhaust pipe to indicate a complete combustion of the fuel. If you notice a lot of black smoke when the car is running and when the engine is revving, then the implication is a failed exhaust cleaning unit. There must be sufficient air getting into the engine for it to expel all fuel as energy. Problems with air filters and turbochargers can affect air intake and outlet which reduce the optimal functionality of the engine.
A stuttering car
Manual gear cars often stutter when you fail to engage the right gear, but the problem is easy to remedy by shifting them to the correct gear while driving. However, if a car is stuttering especially when you slow down after going fast, then you might be having a problem with the engine’s connection to the transmission. Some engines use timing belts while others use chains that coordinate the movement of pistons to provide a smooth ride. When these regulators are not working well, some of the engine;s piston moves will be disharmonious, and that is why you end up with a stutter.