Things to Know About Major Engine Damage - Engine Service Information at Capitol Chevrolet in Salem, OR

What you should know about major engine damage for your Chevrolet

Chevy cars, trucks, and SUVs are undeniably cool vehicles. But if your Chevy doesn't have a functioning engine, it's little more than a conversation piece. If the engine in your Chevrolet is about to suffer major damage--or if it already has--it will often let you know by presenting specific symptoms. It's important to be on the lookout for these signs, since catching one early can make repairs a lot easier. If you've noticed your Chevy displaying any of the following six symptoms, be sure to schedule an appointment at an authorized Chevrolet service center immediately; the technicians there will know how best to help your vehicle.

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6. A Flashing Check Engine Light

The Check Engine Light in your Chevy serves as a sort of catch-all sign that your engine is having trouble. It's usually not a cause for alarm, but there is an exception. If the Check Engine Light is blinking, it's a sign of something far more serious. It could be a problem with the catalytic converter, mass airflow sensor, spark plugs, or another component. Whatever causes the light to flash, it's best to pull to the side of the road as soon as you can safely do so and call a tow truck.

5. The Engine Sounds "Off"

Noises like popping, knocking, and stuttering sounds are signs of trouble, and indicate that the engine needs to be looked at immediately. However, it's a good idea to listen to the engine regularly, even if you don't notice any odd sounds. You've driven your vehicle enough to know what sounds normal; if something begins to sound a little weird--even if you can't quite figure out what it is--it's a good idea to have your Chevy inspected.

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4. Decreased Performance

When you step on the gas, you expect your Chevy to respond. If you push down on the pedal and it doesn't seem to get the message, something could be wrong with the engine. In addition, stalling might happen much more frequently. One thing to note: if you drive a standard transmission, check to make sure you haven't accidentally put it in too high a gear.

3. Bad Cabin Smell

There are lots of smells that could make your vehicle's cab smell a little foul, from mildew to part of a hamburger you dropped on the floor and forgot about. While these are unpleasant and should be taken care of, they're not a sign of major engine damage. However, if you smell gas or oil inside your vehicle (and it's not coming from outside), this could be a cause for concern. In addition to indicating an engine problem, it could also put your health at risk, since breathing emissions is hazardous.

2. The Oil Is Leaking

This one isn't always a sign of engine damage, so you don't have to assume the worst if your vehicle has left a few drops of oil on the ground when you park it (though you still should have it looked at, since driving without enough oil can cause engine damage). But if you notice a major oil leak, either through inexplicably low oil levels or a huge puddle underneath your Chevy, the engine likely has a serious problem.

1. Your Engine Overheats

An internal combustion engine produces a lot of heat--and the cooling system in your Chevy helps keep much of that heat away from the engine so that it doesn't get too hot and start to warp. An overheating engine is always cause for concern. If the engine temperature light on your dash turns on, or if the temperature gauge gets too high, pull over immediately and call for a tow. Do not try to drive your vehicle again until it's checked out. If you noticed the overheating in time, your engine may not have warped yet; if you try to drive it again, it can become damaged beyond repair.

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