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Best Auto Repair, Basking Ridge

3269 Valley Rd Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

908-234-1947

Located in the Delta Gas Station

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908-234-1947 | 3269 Valley Rd Basking Ridge, NJ 07920

Recognizing the Signs of Vehicle Engine Damage

Recognizing the Signs of Vehicle Engine Damage

It's not always easy to recognize when your vehicle is suffering from engine damage as symptoms can be overlooked and seen as "normal." While not all sounds and smells may threaten the life of your engine, there are some obvious warning signs that require a vehicle inspection right away, according to the Car Care Council.

"Early diagnosis of engine damage can most likely be treated, but it is important to be aware of potentially damaging symptoms and have the vehicle inspected if something doesn't seem right," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. "By acting quickly and making necessary repairs as soon as possible, you could be saving yourself from the cost and hassle of breaking down along the road."

One of the signs of engine trouble is an illuminated check engine light. This light indicates that a vehicle system, such as the ignition, fuel injection or emission control, is not operating properly, even if the vehicle appears to be running normally. Ignoring the check engine light can negatively impact your fuel economy or cause damage resulting in more costly repairs.

Many motorists are familiar with the noises their vehicles make on a daily basis. However, any noise that is new, different or suspicious may indicate a problem, including a high-pitched squeal, grinding or thumping. Sounds under the hood, such as hissing, can also indicate that your vehicle is in need of attention.

Although all cars burn fossil fuels that create undesired emissions, these odors should remain outside of the car. Unusual smells that could signal engine damage include: burnt rubber, hot oil, gasoline, sweet smell of syrup, burning carpet and rotten eggs. When you smell any peculiar odor, you should not ignore it.

Another symptom of engine damage is excessive amounts of smoke or steam. Although some smoke is normal, excessive amounts of dark smoke in particular indicates that oil is leaking into the combustion chamber and is being burned along with the gasoline.

To help you stay on track with essential auto care intervals, sign up for the Car Care Council free custom service schedule.

Source: Car Care Council

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Testimonials

, 06/08/2021
I rarely write online reviews but I had to stop and let consumers know this shop goes above and beyond your expectations. I moved out of state during covid 19 and had a huge problem with car emissions in the other state I moved to. Mo took on my problem as HIS problem and made calls to the state authorities to get me the information needed to get the emissions documents extended in the place Moved. It saved me having to go to Florida (where my daughter is using the car for college) and drive it back to the northeast simply for an emissions test. thank you for all your help Mo
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