Engine Repairs, Phoenix

Considering that the engine is the heart and soul of your vehicle, it is often surprising how often people neglect proper Engine Repair in Phoenix. When push comes to shove, any problem that arises with the engine is a serious problem.

Engine Repair PhoenixLearning to recognize necessity for engine repair is one of the best things that you can do for the health of your vehicle. In all actuality, most drivers are able to feel out an issue with their engine because the engine deteriorates slowly. Subtle and unnatural noises can be a good indication that engine repair is on the horizon, but technology has taken us a step forward and now offers us access to one of the most easily recognizable symptoms of an engine issue; the Check Engine Light.

Some drivers have sort of learned to ignore the check engine light, often chalking its presence up to a dead sensor, or some other minor issue. The fact is, allowing even these small issues can cause more serious problems to stack up behind a seemingly minor cause. For example, allowing a sensor to operate in disrepair can affect the fuel mixture in your vehicle, causing poor fuel economy, clogged fuel injectors and build up in combustion cylinders. These are the kinds of problems that the sensors in your vehicle are designed to help prevent, and a broken sensor certainly can’t get the job done.

Standard Engine Maintenance consists of a few basic but extremely important processes and checks. Here are few of the important.

  • Oil – Never underestimate the effectiveness of regular oil changes. Engine oil is the primary lubricant for all the inner workings of the engine, and because it is exposed to a heavy dose of dirt and other contaminants, it is necessary to change out the engine oil from time to time. Though there has been some debate about at what mileage it is prudent to change your vehicles oil. We take the stance of sooner rather than later and better safe than sorry.
  • Coolant – there are two specific things that should be considered with engine coolant. One is keeping the fluid at the proper level; the other is making sure that the coolant is changed out roughly every 2 years. Holding to these simple guidelines will save your engine, and your radiator.
  • Air Filter – The air filter is what helps clean the air in your engine before it is mixed with fuel and combusted. Changing out your air filter annually is generally a good idea, especially if you find yourself driving around in the desert, or getting caught in dust storms more often than usual.
  • Belts and Hoses – Usually, a visual inspection of the belts and hoses of your vehicle is all that’s required. However, a failed Timing Belt can have catastrophic consequences on your engine. The problem is that replacing a timing belt can be labor intensive and therefore expensive.

    Because of the location of the timing belt, it is quite prudent to replace certain seals and hoses, and possibly service or replace the water pump simultaneously. We recommend replacing the timing belt before 70K miles to help make sure that you don’t experience any major engine problems.

The fact is, you engine is actually quite capable of running for quite some time before any serious maintenance needs to be performed. However, this is only true if you keep up on the processes required to keep it in good health.

In the end, your engine relies on multiple parts of the car to stay in good health, and other aspects of the vehicle are driven by the engine in turn. Don’t let small problems turn in into major issues by ignoring them until it’s too late.