Engine & Cooling System Repairs in Oakland
If your vehicle spews an alarming amount of smoke from its tailpipe, consumes bottle after bottle of oil, knocks and taps whenever it’s running regardless of the speed, then you need to start thinking about where you can go to get trustworthy and reliable auto engine repair and maintenance before the whole system goes up in smoke. Don’t wait until the “check engine” light burns itself out before you get the necessary engine repairs and maintenance your vehicle needs.
Common Engine Problems
It doesn’t matter how old your BMW, Mini, or Audi is, how far you have driven it, engine repair and maintenance is a reality all car owners will have to face sooner or later. While regular professional maintenance can help reduce the risk of your engine breaking down, it’s never guaranteed.
In all of our years in the automotive repair business in San Francisco, here are some of the most common engine problems we encounter regularly.
An overheating engine is most likely due to low coolant level, or restricted flow. Frequent overheating can cause serious and extremely costly damage to an engine. If your engine continues to overheat regardless of how much coolant you are putting in to it, it might mean:
- Cooling system impact damaged
- Faulty thermostat
- Cooling fan malfunction
- Broken hoses and fittings
- Radiator cap not holding pressure
- Ruptured expansion tank
A cracked head or blown head gasket may also be causing your engine to overheat. White exhaust smoke is usually an indication that there’s a problem with your engine’s cooling system and may require service immediately.
Check Engine Light
The check engine light is designed to light up whenever a fault is detected in any of the sensors attached to the emission, engine, or powertrain controls. Although useful, it can often be the source of frustration for drivers because it fails to give them any indication of the nature of the problem. They only know that there is be a problem, with no specifics..
The service engine light could be notifying you about:
- Loose or missing gas cap (very common)
- Spark plugs or wires are damaged
- Electronic control module failure
- Defective ignition coils
- Emissions control faulty
- Poor fuel quality or octane is too low
Is your engine not starting?
If your engine won’t start, it might mean:
- Low or dead battery
- Corroded or loose battery cables
- Ignition switch failure
- Fuel pump is defective
- Clogged fuel filter
- Starter motor failure
If the engine clicks but doesn’t crank, then it’s typically a battery issue. If it cranks but doesn’t start, then it is usually a sign that there is a problem with the fuel or ignition systems.