Saying that your car’s engine is an important component of your vehicle is an understatement. Without your engine, you wouldn’t be able to go anywhere, it would just be a stationary pile of metal parts. A vehicle without an engine is like having a bike with no pedals – it is pretty useless. Unless you’re going downhill the entire time, you are going to need an engine to make it go forward.

What Does It Do?

You are probably thinking to yourself, what does a car engine actually do? To put it very simply, the engine converts all that gas you fill up on at the gas station into energy, which in turns makes your car move. Gas and air are sucked into the engine which produces tiny explosions, or combustions.

Hence the name “internal combustion engine”. The tiny explosions move the pistons, turning the axle which then proceeds to move your car. This, in layman’s terms, is how your car engine works, and why it is extremely important to keep it in proper working order.

Signs That You Need Engine Repairs

If your check engine light begins to shine, it is best not to ignore it. The check engine light is a sensor that is part of your vehicle’s onboard system. There are a number of issues that could set off the light, but this is the most obvious sign that your engine is in trouble and is going to be in need of maintenance. But that handy check engine light isn’t always going to turn on, so you must be vigilant in paying attention to what your car’s engine is telling you.

If you are at a stop, parked, or in neutral and feel your car sputter and jerk, then your engine could be in bad shape. Loud thumping or banging coming from your engine is also a telltale sign of some direly needed repairs. Make sure you keep a lookout for oil leaks because your engine needs to stay lubricated in order to function properly.

So if you didn’t know before, then hopefully this shows you the importance of keeping the engine of your vehicle well maintained. If the check engine light is on or is showing any one of the symptoms previously stated, make sure you take it to an auto shop as soon as you are able to. The longer you let the problem linger, you risk the issue becoming much worse. A minor fix could become a major one, and a major repair is much more expensive. So keep that engine in shape, and keep driving friends.