Engine Repair

Your car’s engine is the powerplant that provides the driving force for the vehicle. It is lubricated by oil which flows throughout various ports built into the engine block, and it has multiple interconnected systems that allow it to function including:

The Electrical System – The car battery powers the starter, which engages with the flywheel to turn the engine over to start the engine.

The Fuel System – Delivers fuel to the engine via the carburetor or fuel injection system.

The Ignition System – Provides electricity to the spark plugs to ignite and burn the gas.

The Cooling System – Responsible for keeping the engine from overheating. It is important that your car’s engine is not allowed to overheat as this can lead to costly damage such as head gasket damage, warped cylinder heads, or (in extreme cases) a warped engine block.

Automotive Engine Four-Stroke Cycle Infographic Diagram.
Automotive Engine Four-Stroke Cycle Infographic Diagram.

Mechanically, the engine has a valve train driven by a camshaft that opens and closes the valves in sequence to allow for air & fuel to enter the engine to be burned, and for the exhaust to exit the engine. The valve train is connected to the crankshaft which rotates and drives the pistons up and down to create the rotating motion of the engine. The camshaft and crankshaft are connected by a timing chain or a timing belt. It is critical that the camshaft and crankshaft are positioned properly such that the valves open and close and the right time in relation to the pistons moving up and down within the engine block.

Typical engine maintenance includes periodic oil changes, valve cover gasket replacement, valve adjustments, and (at higher mileage intervals) timing belt replacement.

Engine Services & Repair We Perform:

  • Oil Changes
  • Timing Belt Replacement
  • Cylinder Head Replacement
  • Head Gasket Replacement
  • Oil Leak Repair
  • Oil Consumption Diagnosis
  • Engine Noise Diagnosis
  • Valve Adjustment
  • Engine Replacement

Ready to Make An Appointment For Your Engine Repair?

At Kneble’s Auto Service Center we always want to make the process of getting your car serviced as convenient as possible. To ensure that we can get your car serviced in a timely manner, we ask that you make an appointment.

We are often able to accommodate those who desire to wait for their engine repair, however, most engine repairs would require the car to be in the shop all day or even overnight. For those waiting, we feature a comfortable waiting area complete with TV, complimentary refreshments, a library, a desk, and a charging station. And yes, we even have free Wi-Fi!

If you need service and have not made an appointment you can always feel free to call us at (609) 625-3286 to get on the schedule.

Please note that we offer a shuttle service within a 10 miles radius of the shop (Atlantic City, Ocean City, Margate, Longport, Brigantine, and surrounding areas).

Frequently Asked Questions About Engine Repair:

I hear a loud rattling noise coming from my engine; what could be the cause?

There are a variety of things that could cause noise coming from your engine. One thing you can do is check the oil to ensure that it is not low because if it is, the engine could become noisy due to a lack of lubrication. Other problems such as a valve train failure could cause similar noise. Ultimately, we recommend making an appointment to have one of our ASE Certified Technicians assess your vehicle’s engine to determine the cause of the noise.

What would cause my car to need a quart of oil every month if I don’t see it leaking?

As cars get older, engine parts wear and this can cause the engine to burn more oil than normal. There could also be an oil leak that you are not able to see that does not leave any residue on your driveway. We can assist you in determining if your car’s engine is leaking oil or consuming oil due to an internal engine failure.

What could cause my “check engine” light to come on?

Depending on the manufacturer, there may be more than one “check engine” light in your dashboard. Initially. cars had “engine” warning lights that would come on in the event of low oil pressure or overheating. Modern computer-controlled vehicles use a “check engine” light to indicate a malfunction recognized by the car’s computer (or electronic control module). This could mean that the car is overheating, but in most cases, it is because a sensor is reading data to indicate that there is a problem. It is recommended to bring your car in to have the problem diagnosed, which will often include a computer system diagnostic check to see if any trouble codes were set by the computer.

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