Many of our customers tell us that they have little or no experience maintaining the engines of their used cars. These customers are often concerned when they hear unusual noises coming from the engines or when they think their engines are not functioning as efficiently as they once were.
We’re here to reassure all of our used car customers of a few things: first, we have inspected every used car engine of the used cars that we sell to be sure that they are durable and will last for years to come. Second, we have a warranty that covers many issues that are related to issues that can occur on used cars. Often, these issues have to do with normal wear and tear and are simple fixes.
Here are a few engine components that we often have to work on with used cars – and all cars – but that are often covered by warranties:
The radiator is located under the hood of your car behind the body. In this engine component, hot coolant enters the radiator, circulates through the radiator system, and is recirculated back into the engine after it is cooled. Radiators can sometimes leak, causing cooling difficulties in the engine. Come on in if you think you have a radiator leak; we’ll take care of that for you right away before your engine overheats.
Like any major electrical machine, the machine has to have electricity to operate. The electricity in a car engine is controlled by a fuse box, which is usually located under the hood with other engine parts, but you may also find the fuse box underneath the dash board of your vehicle. Sometimes fuses blow, which requires that you replace it. We always recommend that customers carry extra fuses with them in case this happens. However, if you feel uncomfortable replacing fuses on your own, please feel free to bring your used car in for our technicians to take a look at it and safely replace any blown fuses.
You’ll notice that there are several valves in your engine. Valves usually control the air intake and then let out hot gases from exhaust. Sometimes valve covers leak, which may mean that you have a bad gasket or a loose cover.