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Signs That You Need Major Engine Repair

As most people say, the engine is the heart of your car, SUV, or truck. But just like your heart, it can experience trouble later on in life. If you wouldn't disregard heart pains, why would you ignore engine problems? Also, if you don't treat your engine problem, it can spread and worsen. Engine repairs, rebuilds, or replacements are serious and costly. Here are some of the troubling symptoms that your engine may display:

Metal Flakes in Motor Oil

Next time you have your oil changed, please be sure to inspect the old oil. If you or your technician notices any metallic flakes in the oil, it could imply that there is too much friction occurring with your engine parts. Therefore, your engine parts should be inspected and repaired if necessary.

Knocking Noise

If you constantly hear a knocking sound under the hood, especially when you hike up your RPM, the engine bearings are likely at fault. The engine bearings are responsible for supporting other engine parts. 

Burning Oil 

If you see blue exhaust smoke ejecting from your tailpipe, it means that your engine oil is getting burned alongside gasoline. This is a common error when the piston rings become old, which results in oil leaks in the combustion chamber.

Other Oil Leaks

You might see a random puddle around your car from time to time. But if you see a dark pool under your parked car, it's most likely an oil leak. An oil leak means that you'll end up depriving your engine of proper lubrication, causing significant engine wear and tear. 

Cracked Engine Block

If your vehicle has suffered a cracked engine block, odds are you'll need to replace the engine altogether. While cracked engine blocks are rare cases, they can occur, especially if you constantly let your car overheat.


If you believe your car is experiencing major engine trouble, do not hesitate to reach out to our certified team at Prospect Lake Auto Care. For top-of-the-line engine operations in Victoria, BC, please give us a call at (778) 401-3450 or visit our shop today. 

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