Engine

ENGINE REPAIR

Your car will last longer if you keep the engine healthy. Our expert mechanics at Family Car Care diagnose the engine of your vehicle and bring it back to the best shape. Whether it is a sedan, SUV, CUV, roadster, luxury or any other type of car, our expert mechanics can repair engines of all makes and models. Car maintenance, engine repair or automotive battery replacement, we take care of everything. We offer all-inclusive car engine repair services in Parkville including:

  • Standard Tune-Up Service (Complete Visual Inspection, Idle and timing setting etc)
  • Filter Replacement Service (fuel filter replacement, air filter replacement etc)
  • Fuel System Cleaning Service (restoring the performance of fuel system, removing carbon deposits etc)
  • Engine Performance And Maintenance of all Components (Spark Plug, Fuel Plug, vapor Canister filter, oil filter replacement, oil change, emissions control system, crankcase vent filter, Crankcase ventilation (PCV) valve, Ignition coil pack, Ignition module, Ignition wires etc).

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FAQs for Engine services

Family Car Care is pleased to offer answers to some of the frequently asked questions about the engine services offered at our business in Parkville.

Why Is The Check Engine Light Always On?

This orange, engine-shaped icon indicates that there is something wrong with the engine. If the check engine light is always on, there is something you have to fix. Don’t ignore this indicator. Otherwise, you will be left stranded in the middle of the road and you might also have to spend thousands of dollars on the repair. This light warns you of from minor issues to some serious problems. Following are the top 5 things that can trigger this indicator:

It‘s Time To Replace The Engine Sensor

A failed/faulty oxygen sensor often triggers engine check light. This sensor measures the amount of oxygen left unburned in the exhaust system of your car. A faulty oxygen sensor does not bring your car to halt.

What happens if you don’t replace a faulty oxygen sensor?

  • Your car will burn more fuel than usual.
  • It will reduce the fuel economy of your vehicle.
  • A faulty oxygen sensor can also damage the catalytic converter and spark plugs.

Gas Cap Is Missing, Damaged Or Loose

Gas cap is an important component of the fuel system of your car. In addition to keeping the system under the correct pressure, it also stops gasoline fumes from getting out of the tank. Always tighten the gas cap after filling up. If the engine check light turns on after filling-up or pulling over, either the gas cap is loose or it is lost. Sometimes, this light turns on when the gas cap needs to be replaced. So, either the cap is loose, missing or damaged.

What happens if you don’t tighten it or replace it?

  • Evaporation will lead to loss of fuel.
  • This will also increase your trips to the gas station.

Catalytic Converter Failure

The catalytic converter converts carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide and protects our environment. It is a part of your vehicle’s exhaust system. Neglected maintenance often damages catalytic converter.

What happens if you don’t replace a faulty catalytic converter?

  • Your car will fail an emissions test.
  • This will reduce performance and fuel economy.
  • Your car will run at a higher temperature.

Damaged Mass Airflow Sensor

This sensor measures the amount of air entering the engine of the car. Without this component of the engine-management system, your car will not be able to adjust altitude changes. Trouble in starting, rough idle, and suddenly changed position of the throttle pedal are the symptoms of mass airflow sensor failure.

What happens if you don’t replace a damaged mass airflow sensor?

  • It can damage the oxygen sensor, catalytic converter or spark plugs.
  • This will reduce performance and fuel economy.

Bad Spark Plug or Spark Wire

A spark plug is a part of the combustion system of your car. It ignites the air and fuel mixture in the combustion chamber. The spark required to ignite this mixture comes from the ignition coil through the spark wire. Most of the cars have a single wire per cylinder. However, there are some models having two spark plugs and two spark wires per cylinder.

What happens if you don’t replace the damaged spark plug or spark wire?

  • The performance and fuel economy of the vehicle will be reduced.
  • This can damage the oxygen sensor, ignition coil, and clog the catalytic converter.
Can Spark Plugs Last For 100,000 Miles?

A spark plug does the important job of igniting the fuel/air mixture. This makes the pistons to move. However, a spark plug does not last forever. Every time it ignites the air/fuel mixture, some metal on the plug is removed. Age is not the only factor causing a spark to wear. Heat, oil, and many other forces inside the car engine can cause the spark plug to wear out. A high-quality spark plug can last for 100,000 miles.

How long can a spark plug last?

  • A standard copper plug can last between 10,000 and 20,000 miles.
  • A platinum spark plugs can last more than 60,000 miles.
  • An iridium spark plug can last over 120,000 miles.

Trouble in starting the engine and reduced engine performance are the symptoms showing that it’s time to replace the spark plug.

Should Engine Knocking Or Pinging Sound Cause A Concern?

Is your car engine making metallic knocking, rattling or pinging noise? You can hear this sound when you accelerate the engine of your car moderately or heavily. The engine can also make this knocking and pinging sound when it is near or it reaches the normal operating temperature.

Very similar to pre-ignition, an engine spark knock is an erratic form of combustion. Too much heat, compression or both lead to engine spark knock. If you notice knocking, pinging or rattling sound coming from the engine, most probably it is because of engine spark knock. So, engine spark knock occurs whenever the pressure in the combustion chamber is high. This can break rings, blow the head gasket, flatten your rod bearings or/and crack piston lands.

There are some other causes of this problem including:

  • Knock sensor failure
  • Faulty EGR valve
  • Vacuum leaks
  • Excessive carbon buildup
  • Exhaust back pressure
  • Higher than normal compression
  • Excessive engine temperatures
  • Substandard fuel

Persistent and heavy knocking or pinging sound should not be ignored. Visit Family Car Care and let us see it and fix it.