Auto Engine Repair

Engine Trouble: 5 Warning Signs

Few car owners are knowledgeable about automotive engines, and not all mechanics and technicians can work on them when they present issues … engines are complicated. 

At AutoWorks, we have engine repair specialists.

Our mechanics and technicians are expert and experienced in all aspects of mechanical and performance engine issues. They can diagnose and repair all engine issues, including removing an old faulty engine with a new working engine. The more complex the engine issue, the more motivated our mechanics and technicians are to diagnose and correct.

When your car’s engine is malfunctioning, you will know because your car will tell you. If these problems are overlooked, they could end up causing engine damage.

Here are 5 signs you should look for:

  • Check Engine light comes on

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The good sign that the engine needs attention is if the Check Engine light turns on. Your car’s computer is telling you that something is wrong.

This light is usually orange or yellow and is in a rectangle shape with a little cap on top, similar to how an engine looks. The symbol may even have the word “Check” on it. 

When this light comes on, your car is telling you to get the engine checked as soon as possible.

Although the light is not always an emergency or cause for alarm, it is always recommended that you take your vehicle to your local, trusted independent auto repair center and have it inspected. The light could be due to a minor issue, such as a faulty gas cap, or a serious issue, such as misfiring. In any event, do not ignore this light.

When it comes to an auto engine repair, it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry. Visit AutoWorks in Delray Beach.


  • Loss of power or stalling

As vehicles age and their mileage increases, there will be wear and tear and there will be engine issues. 

Over time, your automobile is going to slow down a bit and lose some of its power, but if it happens suddenly, that is not a simple age problem; it’s a sign of a more severe issue. 

You may be experiencing slow pickup and vehicle cutting out randomly. If your vehicle used to pick up speed a lot more quickly, and now it seems to take forever to accelerate, you could have an engine problem that needs to be diagnosed.

The same goes for cars that shut off. This issue is not only significant but dangerous for drivers, passengers, and other people on the road. 

If you are having performance issues with your car, come to AutoWorks Delray Beach today and get the issue checked out. 


  • Leaking fluid

There are many fluids in your car: engine oil, transmission fluid, engine coolant, power steering fluid, and brake fluid. None of these fluids should be leaking.

One of the more common signs of auto engine problems is leaking fluids. Never should fluids be coming out of your car. Usually, when this happens, it means that there is a legitimate problem with the vehicle that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. 

The thing about leaking fluids is that it is a warning sign that means go to the auto shop now because of how quickly these kinds of problems can go from minor to major. Even if the fluid seems to be oil and oil change-related, going to a professional can either confirm your suspicions or help reveal a larger problem. 

If you see a puddle, a stain, or any other kind of moisture on the floor of your garage, it is an indication that there is a leak somewhere. Visit AutoWorks Delray Beach to find out what’s going on with the engine.


  • Knocking noise 

If you hear a knocking sound coming from under the hood of your car, it could be the engine knocking, an indication that the engine is not running properly. This problem may get worse as you accelerate.

If the engine is knocking, it could indicate that fuel is burning unevenly in the engine’s cylinders. This could damage the cylinder walls and pistons. Another cause may be that spark plugs are becoming old and worn and need to be replaced. You may also be using low-octane fuel. 

Our technicians at AutoWorks Delray Beach can diagnose your vehicle and tell you exactly what is going on.


  • Increased exhaust from the car’s tailpipe

If you see smoke coming out of the tailpipe, this could be a problem and you need to pay attention. The color of the smoke could give you an idea of what the problem may be; is it black, blue, gray, or white? Regardless, the vehicle needs to be inspected 

Black smoke means that the engine is burning too much fuel. It could also mean that there is a clogged air filter, clogged fuel injectors, damaged fuel-pressure regulator, or clogged fuel return line.

Blue smoke means that the engine is burning oil, leaking from worn-out seals.

Gray smoke could mean that there is an issue with the automatic transmission fluid, a stuck PCV valve, a faulty transmission vacuum modulator, or excessive oil consumption.

White smoke could be nothing to worry about if it is like water vapor. But if it is thick and white, the engine could be burning coolant due to a blown head gasket, damaged cylinder head, or cracked engine block – all serious issues.


Contact Autoworks Delray Beach

When it comes to auto engine diagnosis and repair, people tend to put off basic engine maintenance until it becomes a problem. However, a compromised engine left unattended could be the end of your vehicle. 

Our team can tell you what is wrong with your engine, if anything. To learn more about AutoWorks and our auto engine repair services in Delray Beach, Florida, give our team a call today at 561-272-7451. 

If you are worried about your car, SUV, truck, or van, visit AutoWorks, and our expert and qualified mechanics and technicians will identify and resolve the problem.