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5 Signs of Engine Trouble

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Even if you are proactive about staying on top of your auto maintenance, once your vehicle has gotten up there in mileage it's basically inevitable that at some point it's going to start to exhibit symptoms of engine problems. It can certainly be beneficial to be familiar with those symptoms so that when they do arise you'll know to get to the auto shop quickly to address the problems before they become more serious. Here's a look at five signs of engine trouble that mean you should get to the shop for diagnostics.


Vibrations coming from your engine could very well be caused by metal-on-metal contact that has arisen from low oil.

Knocking Sound

A repetitive knocking or tapping noise is also a sign of low oil. In some cases, simply adding fresh oil will address the issue. However, it's also possible that you'll need to have the bottom end of your engine rebuilt.

Excessive Amount of Exhaust Smoke

The color of the exhaust smoke can help you figure out what the problem is. Black smoke is a sign that too much gasoline is being burned. White smoke is an indication of a coolant leak. Blue-tinged smoke suggests an oil leak.

Loss of Power

If you drive an older model with an odometer that is well beyond the six-figure mark, then a gradual loss of some power shouldn't be too worrisome. However, if the loss of power is sudden and pronounced, you'll want to get to the shop for diagnostics.

Decreasing Fuel-Efficiency

This could be an indication that you're experiencing problems with your engine's compression stroke.

If you're in need of engine repair or diagnostics, be sure to get in touch with a reputable mechanic. For auto repair in Chico, the experts to contact are at Boradori Automotive. Go ahead and give Boradori Automotive a call today!

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