So you have just bought a new car and are already experiencing some issues with it. This is quite normal, as with any other product, it is not perfect and can have problems. But instead of fixing these issues one by one, it is usually best to replace some of the parts to make the whole thing work better.
One of the critical parts inside your supercar is the engine. This is the heart of the car, and for good reason- it is a lot of work to keep it running smoothly. When the time comes to fix this issue, you will need to determine which type of engine you have so that you can get the correct replacement part.
Identifying The Major Engine Problems
The first thing you should do is try to figure out which one of the major problems is causing your car to stop running properly. It is usually best to start from the back and work your way forward. The following are some of the more common problems and the steps you can take to address them:
No Power When Putting Your Foot On The Pedal
If you have determined that the issue is indeed related to the engine then the first thing you should do is try to diagnose the problem. The best way to do this is by removing as many of the other parts as possible and seeing how the engine behaves without all of the other parts to distract you. If you are still able to drive the car with just the clutch and brake, you know that this is an easy fix and does not require you to open the hood.
Rumble Or Grumble When Accelerating
Another common problem with most V8 engines is that when you press on the gas pedal, there is a mechanical noise that can be either a rumble or a grumble. These noises are easy to identify and can be somewhat annoying. If you are planning on keeping the engine, you can buy a silencer to eliminate these noises completely.
If you are facing this issue and are unable to locate the source of the noise, you should remove as many of the other parts as possible and see if the car will start up with just the engine. If so, you know that this is the issue and can work your way towards a solution.
Brake Fades, Needs To Be Pulled Lots
Brake fade is when, after you have been applying the brakes for a certain period of time, the pedal begins to feel a little loose or lacking in stopping power. This is usually caused by one of two issues, either the brake pads are no longer gripping the rotors securely or there is a gap in between the pad and the rotor. Either way, if this happens often then it is time for a brake change.
To address this issue you should change the brake pads and possibly the rotors as well. But before you do that, remove as many of the other parts as possible and test the brakes with just the pads to ensure that this is indeed the issue.
Noises From The Transmission
Most transmission issues are caused by metal fatigue or malfunctioning of one of the internal gears. These sorts of issues can cause a whole lot of noise, grinding and clanking that is quite the annoyance. One thing to keep in mind is that transmissions are quite sensitive parts and are quite easily damaged. It is not uncommon for people to buy new transmissions every other year just to keep the car on the road.
If you are facing this issue and are not sure which one it is, remove as many of the other parts as possible and take the time to figure it out. It is usually best to have a transmission specialist look at the issue so that you can be sure of the root cause and how to address it effectively.
Different Engine Problems Require Different Solutions
Just because your supercar has an V8 engine does not mean that all of its issues can be solved by replacing the engine. There are a lot of other parts that can contribute to making your vehicle run smoothly, like the alternator, water pump and fuel pumps among others. Also, some of these parts are more critical than others so if you decide that one of them is faulty, it can make the whole vehicle inoperable. This is why it is usually best to have a professional look at these issues so that they can be addressed effectively.
Engine Replacement Is Often Not The Solution
It is important to keep in mind that simply replacing the engine in your supercar will not make it run better. You may think that just because you replaced a part that is causing you issues does make all of the sudden everything ok, but this is not necessarily the case. It is usually best to first try and isolate the problem so that you can apply a holistic solution. Sometimes the solution entails replacing some of the other parts listed above as well as the engine.
Make Sure You Have The Correct Parts
If you have located the source of all your problems inside your engine, you need to make sure that you have the correct part. It is quite easy to buy the wrong replacement engine and end up with more issues than you had before the replacement. Therefore, it is essential that you get the correct part for the engine you have and so that you can avoid any issues. In this case, if you replace the engine, but do not yet have the correct one, you can end up with a whole lot of problems. Ensure that you buy the correct parts and take the time to study the model number of your engine so that you can be sure that you are indeed getting the right part.
Wash The Car Regularly
Washing your car regularly can be very beneficial, especially if you live somewhere humid. This is because water can help flush out all the dirt and dust that builds up from driving on rough roads or trails. If you do not yet own a car washer, it can be purchased separately and is quite an effective tool for cleaning the inside and outside of your vehicle. It may even be necessary to do this every other week or every week depending on the dirt build-up throughout the year. Ensure that you do not use any chemicals on the tires or any part of the car that can cause damage, as some products can be very dangerous for the environment. Always take the time to wash and clean your car the way your mechanic taught you to do it, the best you can.
Cleaning your car is not as difficult as it may seem. You should be able to get the job done with a few buckets and sponges, some elbow grease and maybe a few days off work. Remember, only use the products that your mechanic gave you the okay to use and ensure that you buy the correct parts.