Learn About 6 Signs of Major Engine Damage in the San Francisco Bay Area

Things to Know About Major Engine Damage - Service Questions Answered by the pros at Carlsen Subaru

Major engine damage isn't something that anybody wants to deal with, but it can happen. The best way to be prepared is to know the signs that your engine gives you when it's in critical danger. Knowing what to look for can help you avoid further damage, and may even save your engine. At Carlsen Subaru, we work hard to make sure that you have the information you need to keep your Subaru performing at its best. So, if you notice any of these six warning signs, head to your local Subaru service center immediately.

A flashing check engine light can indicate major engine damage.

6. Worse Performance

You know how your Subaru feels better than anyone. If there's a sudden change, it could be cause for alarm. A sluggish throttle response could be caused by engine damage, as could a vehicle that stalls frequently. Of course, it's best to start by making sure there isn't human error: if you have a manual transmission, make sure it's in the right gear. If that's not the problem, your engine may be in trouble.

Steam billows out from the radiator of an overheating engine.

5. Strange Sounds

Not only do you know how your Subaru feels better than anyone, but you also know how it sounds. Does it sound different than usual? Sounds like stuttering, popping, and knocking noises are some of the most troublesome; however, any big change could be cause for alarm. Even if your engine sounds slightly different, it may be worth scheduling a service appointment in case any problems are developing.

4. A Foul Smell

You know how your Subaru feels and sounds--are you sensing a pattern here? The same is true for how it smells. Any strange aromas inside your Subaru vehicle's cabin that you can't place may be cause for caution. This is particularly true if you smell chemical smells like oil, gasoline, or exhaust. In addition to possibly signifying engine damage, they could also be harmful to your health.

Oil pudles underneath a vehicle.

3. An Oil Leak

An oil leak isn't always caused by major engine damage, but it often can cause it. That's because your engine needs oil to stay lubricated. If there's not enough oil, the friction from metal rubbing against metal can have dire consequences.

2. A Flashing Check Engine Light

You may have seen a solid check engine light in your Subaru before. While this may not be cause for alarm, it does mean that you should have your Subaru inspected soon. It's a different story when this light flashes. That means that you need to turn off your engine as soon as it's safe to do so, or you run the risk of massive damage.

1. An Overheating Engine

There are many reasons a car's engine could overheat. However, no matter what the cause is, the result is the same: potential engine damage and destruction. The combustion in your vehicle's SUBARU BOXER® engine is incredibly hot--hot enough to melt metal. The cooling system helps mitigate this. But, if the engine begins to overheat, the engine block may soon be a goner if you don't shut down your vehicle immediately.

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