Engine Repair and Diagnostics
About Engine Repair and Diagnostics
Integra Tire Auto Centre St. Albert provides automotive repair service of the highest quality. Our technicians can diagnose your engine issues and have you back on the road in the shortest amount of time possible.
Just like your body converts food to fuel, your vehicle’s engine converts gasoline into motion. Most vehicles run on internal combustion engines, which repeat a four-stroke process. Your engine uses very small, controlled explosions to drive pistons, in turn, making your vehicle move. This process relies on an important mixture of fuel, air, and sparks; without the correct mixture, your engine can prematurely wear, lose fuel-efficiency, and cause future costly problems.
Regular Fluid Checks and Replacements
It is of the utmost importance to check your fluid levels frequently, including your engine oil and coolants. These fluids are vital to the performance of your engine and without the correct levels, your engine can overheat and fail. Regular oil changes are also vital to your engine’s performance and should be performed every 5,000 km or as per your vehicle manufacturer, as oil can become impure and lose its effectiveness.
Your vehicle’s engine should last the life of your vehicle, when properly maintained with regular oil changes and maintenance services. At times, internal components wear or break prematurely. Catching these problems early can be the difference between being able to repair an engine or having to replace an engine. Some warning signs can include: loud noises on start-up, rattles or knocking noises when running, and fluid leaks. These problems should be inspected and diagnosed as soon as they are first detected. If a new noise is detected, it is not recommended to operate your vehicle until you know what the issue is. Your Integra Tire Technician will be able to assist you!
Often times, engine problems can be small issues but can snowball to larger problems; this is why it's important to visit Integra Tire St. Albert at the first sign of trouble.When you need expert advice, you can count on the team at Integra Tire St. Albert to get your vehicle up and running in tip-top shape.
As with all vehicle issues, it is critical to visit us as soon as possible. Many issues are easily fixed at first; however, delaying to visit can further damage your vehicle and threaten your safety. Some obvious signs of trouble include:
- Check engine light is illuminated - An obvious telltale sign of an engine problem is a light on your dashboard that says either "check", "check eng", or may possibly be an icon. These icons appear when your vehicle's OBD (on-board diagnostics) detects an issue.
- Your engine is making strange noises - These noises will be detected when your vehicle is accelerating as well as when stationary.
- Your vehicle is running roughly/inconsistent - A failing engine may cause the vehicle to shake, stutter, jerk, or lose power at seemingly random moments.
- Using more fuel than normal means your engine may be performing inefficiently.
Any time you experience issues you are unsure of, contact your local Integra Tire St. Albert.
How Do we Diagnose?
We can diagnose engine problems through a variety of methods, however, the most common are electronic scan tools. Your vehicle has an on-board diagnostic system that stores "trouble codes" when your engine is not working properly. These codes can be read by our scanning tools and findings are typically confirmed by an inspection and road test. The most common issues are:
- Engine sensors (02, airflow, etc) need replacement
- Worn or damaged spark plugs causing misfires
- Fuel cap isn't on tight enough
Our experts are ready to help!Request an appointment, or reach out for more info today.
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