3 Common Engine Problems and Their Causes

3 Common Engine Problems and Their Causes

CBAC Jan Engine Service 2All car and truck owners find themselves facing engine problems at one point or another. While there are definitely problems larger than others, for the most part, engine issues can be largely avoided by performing proper maintenance on your vehicle. Today, the expert technicians at Christian Brothers Automotive Fischer Crossings in Sharpsburg, Georgia are going to share some information about three common engine problems you may face and their causes.

Engine Won’t Start

There’s nothing quite as troubling as the engine not starting. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most common types of engine problems and there’s almost no driver who hasn’t experienced the sinking feeling of the engine not responding as expected on startup. When the engine still clicks but doesn’t crank, you should check for battery problems. If, however, there is a crank and still no start, that’s a good indicator of a fuel or ignition problem.

Some of the most common reasons an engine fails to start include:

  • Low or discharged battery
  • Corroded or loose battery cables
  • Starter motor relay failure
  • Ignition switch failure
  • Defective fuel pump
  • Clogged fuel filter

Service Engine Soon Light

Your “Service Engine Soon” light is programmed to come on when there are signs of a fault in any of the sensors linked with the emission, engine or powertrain controls. The professional technicians at Christian Brothers Automotive are ASE-certified, making them experts at looking at the trouble codes from your car’s onboard electronic control module to discover the exact reason behind the light coming on.

Some common reasons the “Service Engine Soon” light has turned on include:

  • Loose or missing gas cap
  • Spark plugs or wires that are worn out or damaged
  • Electronic control module failure
  • Defective distributor or coil packs
  • Emissions control fault – such as the oxygen sensor
  • Fuel quality issue

Engine Overheating

Although we most frequently see engine overheating during the warm summer months, there are still cases that happen in the winter. A majority of vehicles have temperature gauges or warning lights that will warn the driver if the engine is starting to overheat. You can stop engine overheating primarily through keeping the engine coolant in good condition by regularly checking its quality.

The most frequent causes of engine overheating include:

  • Faulty thermostat
  • Dirty or low coolant level
  • Non-functioning cooling fan
  • Kinked or broken radiator hose
  • Internal or external coolant leak
  • Defective radiator cap
  • Dirty air filter

When you have any signs of engine trouble, don’t hesitate to bring your car in for engine diagnostics. Call Christian Brothers Automotive Fischer Crossings in Sharpsburg, Georgia to see the nice difference. We’ll get your engine fixed up so you can be on your way!