The engine is considered the heart of your vehicle. A strong, healthy engine powers nearly every system of the vehicle. Most people know your engine makes your car go, but most don’t understand how or why it affects everything else. First of all, the transmission is connected to your engine, and that is what makes your car move forward and backward. The alternator is connected to your engine by various wires and belts, and it transmits electricity throughout your car to operate headlights, air conditioning, stereo system, etc. The water pump circulates antifreeze through the radiator and your engine to disburse heat from the engine as well as provide heat to the interior of your car. Maintaining proper function of all of these parts is essential to the lifespan and performance of your engine.
Engine oil keeps the bearings, pistons, and crankshaft of your engine moving freely, helping to pick up any dirt built up from the combustion cycle. It is very important to check your oil levels and change your oil regularly. An engine that is out of or low on oil will end up getting locked up as the moving parts get hot and start seizing up. Keeping this in mind, it is important to understand that any oil, antifreeze, or other fluid leaks in your vehicle must be handled right away to prevent further damage.
If you have a check engine light appear on your dash, this too needs to be checked and resolved quickly. A “CHECK ENGINE” light can indicate any number of issues. The light could come on simply because you forgot to replace your gas cap after filling up or because your gas cap stopped pressurizing and venting the tank as required. In less severe cases, the “CHECK ENGINE” light will be steady and should be checked as soon as possible. If the “CHECK ENGINE” light is FLASHING, this typically indicates a serious problem with your engine or transmission. In this case, you should stop driving your car immediately and bring it in for a diagnostic scan. At Don’s Performance Corner, Inc., we offer a FREE “CHECK ENGINE” diagnostic scan and road test. No appointment is necessary.
The Bottom Line is, you drive your car every day and you know how it acts. If you notice unusual noises or smells, or you feel any vibrations in your steering wheel, don’t ignore it. Bring your car in and we will check it out for you. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Whatever your needs we can help. We are fully equipped to repair your existing engine or install a used or remanufactured engine. All Remanufactured Engines come with a 3 year, 100,000 mile warranty.