Protect the Heart of your Vehicle
We all know that the engine is the heart of your vehicle. It’s so much more than just what makes you move – it’s a huge reason why people love European model cars such as BMW, Mini and Volvo. When you cold-start your engine and hear the steady whirring and gurgle of the exhaust, you know your vehicle is special. Regardless of the performance specs, your European vehicle’s engine is important to protect and service to keep you on the road.
Engine repair is a broad term that encompasses many different procedures. The term is often used to describe minor (or even maintenance-related) issues that may only take a few hours to fix. It is also used to describe major issues that could potentially require a full engine rebuild or replacement. The most important thing to remember is that if you feel your engine isn’t performing as well as it used to be, or your check engine light is on, you need to get your vehicle inspected by a trusted auto repair shop.
Signs Your Engine May Need Repair
Most European brand drivers are “in tune” with their vehicle’s performance. If you feel that something is not quite right with your vehicle, it’s time to get it inspected. It can be easy for a driver to ignore some seemingly simple warning signs because they are unaware of more serious, underlying issues. Identifying these warning signs early can prevent serious repair bills later on:
- Shaking or rough idle when your vehicle starts
- Difficulty starting your vehicle
- New or unknown (consistent or intermittent) noises from the engine area
- Grinding, clicking, or excessive whirring noises
- Vehicle stalling when driving or at a stop
- Poor gas mileage
- Warning lights
Although the above symptoms are the most common warning signs of engine trouble, there are others that occur. It’s possible for a catastrophic failure to occur without warning and cause serious engine damage, especially if you continue to drive the vehicle.
Engine Repair Specialists
What to Do About Engine Issues
If you suspect your European vehicle is suffering from some sort of engine issue, the best advice is to pull off the road as soon as it is safe to do so, and have it towed home or to a trusted car repair shop that specializes in your make and model vehicle. If you continue to drive your vehicle after you suspect there is an issue, you could cause further damage and substantially increase the amount of the engine repair bill.
Routine Engine Repair
The best way to prevent engine issues is to stick with your manufacturer’s suggested maintenance schedule, at a minimum. Routine service intervals vary by make and model, but there are similarities in routine services that can help protect your engine. They are:
- Oil Changes
- Spark Plug Replacement
- Idle and Timing Adjustments
- Fuel and Air Filter Replacements
By completing these routine services as recommended, you’ll help keep your engine running smoothly and help identify issues before they cause engine failure.
Major Engine Repair
Sometimes vehicles do require major engine repair. This situation can occur in both new and classic vehicles, but the likelihood increases as your vehicle ages and the mileage get higher. There are a lot of considerations when determining if you want to move forward with a major engine repair. Oftentimes, however, repairing or even replacing your vehicle’s engine may save you money in the long run when compared with the high cost of purchasing a new car. You can trust the experienced team at Melbourne Motorsports to help advise you of all the considerations that you’ll want to be aware of when thinking about major engine repair.
Your Space Coast Dealer Alternative
Melbourne Motorsports has been trusted since 2007 by local residents on the Space Coast for their engine repair needs – large and small. Our expert ASE Certified Master Technicians specialize in European vehicles and can help maintain, repair, and advise you on all things engine-related.