We often come across a situation when the engine condition becomes vital for us. It may be buying a used car or for your own car, checking the engine is the most significant job you do for the car. You might think that it is too technical and should be left to the mechanics. But to be honest with you, it is not. There is nothing so tedious about checking engine condition that you can’t do. There are few simple steps that should be followed to make sure that how the engine is doing.
Check the Oil Level
To check the oil level, your vehicle should be in the level surface. Just under the hood, you will find the dipstick. It is detachable and you can carefully pull it out from the holder. You just need to check the oil level and color of the oil. If the level is too low and dark in color then it suggests that the engine is bearing too much load is not getting good maintenance.
Check for the engine leaks
Now this is very important. Your engine might look very clear, but that does not rule out a chance of leakage. The best way to look for leakage is to check it from underneath. The transmission and the lower part of the engine should be dry. If you find oil spilling at the lower part or oil drops at the parking spot then the engine has got one or multiple leaks.
Find sludge in filler
The internal parts of the engine are not clearly visible all the time. However, the visible part should be thoroughly checked. Like the filler in the engine is a good indicator to the condition of the engine. If you find sludge in it then it is a concern for the engine. It can be seen by pulling out the oil cap under the hood.
The Timing belt
The timing belt of the engine should be replaced in subsequent time. However, if not changed on time, it can make a problem for the engine especially for the oil consumption and mileage. Just check the sticker of the timing belt when it was last replaced and act accordingly.
Drive the Car
Driving the car, give you even more details about the engine conditions. However, you need to be very specific about those. The sign of the engine as warning may reveal many things to you. The warning light of the engine may not seriously reflect huge problems but can indicate poor engine conditions. Smoke from the exhaust can be another good indicator of the engine conditions. The black or bluish smoke often indicates the problem with the fuel injection and white smoke simply talks about the gasket issues. The noise on the engine while driving could be another very effective way to check the condition of the engine. The more noise the care makes, the poorer is the condition of the engine.
These are the very easy and effective ways to check the condition of your engine. I feel if you can simply follow the tips then there will be no need of mechanics as well to determine the condition of your engine.