Auto Engine Failure | Auto Repair Shops Lewisville, TX

Driving down a busy road with your vehicle losing speed, and watching parts of your engine bounce on the road behind you from the rear view mirror is not how anyone wants to start or end their day. If you are wondering if you could have prevented it, the answer is – you bet! There are signs of auto engine failure, and being aware of them can prevent your being stranded in rush hour traffic. Recognizing the following signs and bringing your vehicle in to Fifth Gear Automotive auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX can ensure you don’t have to go through engine failure on a busy road.


1. A severe oil leak that leaves puddles under your parked car is a sure sign you need a mechanic. Delaying automotive repair can leave you with a seized engine, and no ride. Low oil will result in #2 below.

2. A knocking sound from the engine compartment is a sure sign that your vehicles engine may be on its way out. However, an oil leak, or when the oil pump goes out can also cause knocking. In addition, if your car has gauges, when oil is leaking out, or the oil pump has failed, the Oil Pressure Gauge will fall, potentially to zero. Without adequate lubrication, the engine will knock or squeal. Shut it off, and you may save your engine. Fifth Gear Automotive auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX can find the cause of your engine noise.

3. A smoking car engine can indicate several different things. Blue smoke means oil is leaking and burning with the fuel. If your vehicle is using excessive oil, bring it in to our auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX for repair before serious engine damage occurs.

White smoke indicates leaking coolant or condensation. If it is coming from under the hood, it may be steam. Steam indicates low coolant and an overheated engine. A smoking engine means there is a problem, getting it tended to now may mean you can avoid buying a new vehicle in the very near future. Give us a call to schedule car service in Fifth Gear Automotive auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX.

4. Sure, leaking coolant may mean a leaky radiator, hose or water pump, but it may also mean a blown head gasket, and dangerous overheating. In addition, it may indicate a cracked block, which will require a new block, or engine.

The Causes

The causes of engine failure can be age with normal wear and tear, poor maintenance, lubrication problems, and excessive overheating.


Routine maintenance is the single most important factor in getting more mileage out of your vehicle. The second most important factor is how you drive the vehicle. Oil changes, and maintaining the proper oil level (and type) as recommended, are the life of the engine. In addition, the proper type, amount, and frequency of change are essential for antifreeze. An overheated engine is one of the top causes of engine failure. Check your fluid levels of oil, antifreeze, brake fluid and transmission fluid every week to ensure proper levels of fluid.

Furthermore, follow the manufacturers recommended schedule for changing the fluids with approved products. Following the recommended maintenance schedule will ensure your vehicle last longer than a neglected one. How you drive will also affect its lifespan. If you treat the highway as a racetrack, you are increasing the wear and tear on your vehicle and reducing its potential life span. Some car owners routinely reach 300,000 to 500,000 miles out of common vehicles, while others are trading in a smoking car at 65K. Contact our certified mechanics today to schedule service in our auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX.

Look, Listen, Smell and Feel

Using these four senses can assist you in recognizing when a problem occurs. Be aware of how your engine normally sounds, when cranking, accelerating, the sound of the transmission as it shifts. Furthermore, be aware of the feel of the transmissions shifting of gears. Look for fluid beneath your vehicle every time you get in. Know the smell of its engine compartment. If you are familiar with what is normal, you will more easily recognize the abnormal when it occurs. Remember, getting your car to a good mechanic can save you the price of a new car. Contact us today to schedule maintenance or repair in our auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX.

If you recognize any of these signs of auto engine failure, call today to schedule service. Fifth Gear Automotive strives to be the best in the business. We know the best way to ensure your business is to provide excellent services you can rely on, and to be the auto mechanic you can trust. You can count on us for superior, reliable services in our auto repair shops in Lewisville, TX.