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Engine Repair

Your engine runs smoothly based on a complex system of interconnected mechanical components that work in unison. Even just a small malfunction can trigger the check engine light to signal a glitch in the system. Diagnosing an engine problem requires the skill and experience of a qualified mechanic. The specialists at J & L Automotive Repairs & Service, Inc. will quickly identify the source of engine failure and provide cost effective solutions for our clients from our fully equipped automotive repair center.

Signs of An Engine Problem

Engine trouble is the absolute worst! Nothing quite causes stress like a malfunctioning engine. We’ve all seen that poor motorist pulled off to the side of the road with smoke fuming out of the front hood of their car and frantically trying to figure out what went wrong? A lot of factors determine just how long a lifespan your vehicles engine will have. Calculate in the year of manufactured, the amount of mileage or usage. Are you giving the car regular oil changes and keeping up with maintenance? What make or brand is it and are there any known engine difficulties? In order to prevent yourself from becoming that person on the side of the road, we’ve created a small index that will help you to identify signs that your engine is in need of a tune-up or replacement. Read below, and remember you can google almost anything but there is no information like the kind you get from hands on professionals like J & L Automotive Repairs & Service, Inc.. Our specialists are here to answer specific questions and discuss the concerns of our clients. Here are some signs of an engine problem:

Lower gas mileage

If you’re at the gas pump more often, but haven’t changed your driving habits, there could be an issue with the compression of your engine. Potential solutions include using a fuel cleaner or getting a tune up. An engine diagnostic from our repair specialist will clarify the issue and provide options.

Knocking and banging

Popping and other loud noises from your vehicle when you start the engine is often an indication of a problem with the internal combustion flow and a clear sign to schedule a service appointment.

Engine stalling

Several issues can cause an engine to stall including problems with the air/fuel mixture, or issues with the intake stroke. Investigate ongoing stalls promptly, to avoid more expensive damage down the road.

Engine odor

An engine exhaust will emit strong smelling, toxic fumes just prior to failing and indicates the need for an engine diagnostic ASAP.

Should You Replace or Repair Your Engine?

The decision to replace or repair your engine depends on several factors. If the issue is relatively minor, like a failed sensor or oil leak, repairs are usually more cost-effective. However, if there is significant internal damage like a cracked block, spun bearing, or blown head gasket, a full engine replacement may be necessary.

The age, mileage, and overall condition of your vehicle also play a role in determining if an engine swap makes financial sense compared to purchasing a new car. One of our mechanics can inspect the engine and provide an estimate for both repair and replacement costs.

How Often Should You Replace Spark Plugs?

Most vehicle manufacturers recommend spark plugs be replaced every 30,000-100,000 miles, depending on the engine and plug type. Spark plugs are items that deteriorate over time due to extreme heat and electrical demand. Failing to replace them per the maintenance schedule can lead to misfiring, poor fuel economy, difficulty starting, and increased emissions. Having them inspected annually is a good practice because your technician will also be able to let you know what repairs are necessary, how pressing the issue is, and what maintenance should be done.

What's the Cost of Engine Repair Service

Engine repair costs can fluctuate widely depending on the nature and extent of the repairs needed. Simple repair services like spark plug replacements tend to be on the lower end of the pricing spectrum. However, more complex repairs involving major engine components or a full engine rebuild can become quite expensive very quickly due to the labor hours and specialized parts required.

In addition to the size of the service project, factors like the vehicle's make, model, age, and hourly labor rates all impact the final cost. At J & L Automotive Repairs & Service, Inc., we provide upfront estimates so you understand approximately how much an engine repair will cost before any work proceeds. While European car service is generally a little more expensive than American and Asian cars, we work hard to keep our rates fair and affordable.

Reasons Your Engine Won't Start

If your engine cranks but won't start, it could be due to problems with the ignition system, fuel delivery, or sensors. If it doesn't crank at all, the battery, starter, or engine itself may be the culprit.

There are several potential reasons why your engine may refuse to turn over or start, including:

  • Dead battery or loose/corroded battery connections
  • Faulty starter motor or solenoid
  • Lack of fuel from a clogged filter or empty gas tank
  • Immobilizer or anti-theft system issue
  • Damaged spark plugs, wires, or ignition components
  • Failed crankshaft or camshaft sensor
  • Seized engine due to lack of oil or coolant

Can the Wrong Oil Damage Your Engine?

Using incorrect oil specifications in a European vehicle like a BMW, Mercedes, Audi, or Volkswagen can absolutely cause engine damage over time. These high-performance engines require very specific oil formulations and viscosities to properly lubricate components, and using an unapproved conventional oil could lead to increased friction, sludge buildup, and premature wear.

Our mechanics conduct specialized engine repairs to address this specific reason.

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Check any engine problems at the first sign of trouble to avoid more extensive and expensive repairs down the road. Be vigilant and proactive when it comes to your road safety. Our helpful and informed staff are here for you. No matter the question or concern, we will be able to give you some insight and discuss possible solutions that fit your budget and schedule. Visit J & L Automotive Repairs & Service, Inc. for engine repair services and solutions. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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