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203-426-7145 | 3 Commerce Rd Newtown, CT 06470

Recognizing the Signs of Vehicle Engine Damage

It's not always easy to recognize when your vehicle is suffering from engine damage as symptoms can be overlooked and seen as "normal." While not all sounds and smells may threaten the life of your engine, there are some obvious warning signs that require a vehicle inspection right away, according to the Car Care Council.

"Early diagnosis of engine damage can most likely be treated, but it is important to be aware of potentially damaging symptoms and have the vehicle inspected if something doesn't seem right," said Rich White, executive director of the Car Care Council. "By acting quickly and making necessary repairs as soon as possible, you could be saving yourself from the cost and hassle of breaking down along the road."

One of the signs of engine trouble is an illuminated check engine light. This light indicates that a vehicle system, such as the ignition, fuel injection or emission control, is not operating properly, even if the vehicle appears to be running normally. Ignoring the check engine light can negatively impact your fuel economy or cause damage resulting in more costly repairs.

Many motorists are familiar with the noises their vehicles make on a daily basis. However, any noise that is new, different or suspicious may indicate a problem, including a high-pitched squeal, grinding or thumping. Sounds under the hood, such as hissing, can also indicate that your vehicle is in need of attention.

Although all cars burn fossil fuels that create undesired emissions, these odors should remain outside of the car. Unusual smells that could signal engine damage include: burnt rubber, hot oil, gasoline, sweet smell of syrup, burning carpet and rotten eggs. When you smell any peculiar odor, you should not ignore it.

Another symptom of engine damage is excessive amounts of smoke or steam. Although some smoke is normal, excessive amounts of dark smoke in particular indicates that oil is leaking into the combustion chamber and is being burned along with the gasoline.

To help you stay on track with essential auto care intervals, sign up for the Car Care Council free custom service schedule.

Source: Car Care Council


What Our Customers Are Saying

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Went for an emissions test and didn't pass, Johnny immediately knew the reason for a fail. I replaced the battery and didn't drive enough miles to have it tested. He suggested I drive 50-60 miles and return. I did and it passed. Thank you Johnny!!!!

, 01/04/2022

reviewiconInspections and Emissions, near Monroe, CT

We called Newtown Car Care Center on the off-chance that we could get contactless emissions testing because of the omicron surge, The employees here were so pleasant and helpful to work with and immediately accommodated our request. In fact, they even went further than we asked and told us that they had wiped down the inside of the car after performing the test. We were very pleased with their courtesy, and highly recommend this shop. Thanks to everyone with whom we dealt.

, 01/13/2022

reviewiconThe most helpful group ever!
Tires

The most helpful group ever! Got a slow leak in my tire while driving on 84 and was lucky enough to be directed to Newtown Car Care. They checked me out and changed my tire in less than an hour (on a Friday afternoon!) I only wish I lived closer!

, 11/22/2021
Failed my first emissions test. Tyler let me know exactly what I needed to address the issue - when I came back on a busy day, he got me in and out right away. Top notch customer service.

, 07/30/2021
I needed a VIN verification on a big truck for 10 bucks. I was out of there in minutes! No back burner right on it! Thanks for the great service!

, 06/18/2021

reviewiconI cannot recommend this gem of a business more highly!
Newtown, CT

Wow. I don't often think about the places/people who fix my car, but Newtown Car Care Center deserves special recognition. Just walking in the door was an experience; their waiting area is so cozy that I felt like I was in my living room, rather than an auto repair shop. And the folks who work there treated me more like visiting royalty than a customer. They could not have been nicer or more friendly. Johnny took care of me immediately and, thereafter, refused to take even a token gratuity from me for his trouble (turned out that I didn't need work after all). I only wish my car HAD needed repair ... that way, I could have claimed that I had contributed to their continuing success. I cannot recommend this gem of a business more highly! AAA+++

, 03/08/2021
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