Without proper care and maintenance, your car’s engine will deteriorate quickly. If you add a lot of miles to your car throughout the week, the engine will die even faster. All of that wear and tear will add up over time and bring the engine to a quick death. When the engine reaches this point,  we may need to replace it with a new engine.


A dying engine will often give you signs that it’s on its way out. Below are some of the most common symptoms.

1.   The Engine is Smoking...A Lot!

You know how frustrating it can be driving behind someone whose car’s tailpipe has a never-ending supply of smoke coming out. That smoke is a warning sign that the engine is headed toward failure. You can often tell what is wrong with the engine by the color of the smoke. For instance:


●        Blue Smoke: The engine is burning oil.

●        White Smoke: A cooling system is leaking.

●        Black Smoke: The engine is burning too much fuel.

2. Your Hear Loud Knocking Noises

Although a noisy engine could signify a range of problems, knocking noises usually indicate that the engine bearings are worn out. When the bearings go out, it’s only a matter of time (and not much time) before the engine stops running entirely. If you bring your vehicle to AA Auto Technicians before the bearings go completely bad, you could save your car. We can replace the bearings and look at areas where you may need some further engine repair.

3. There are Tiny Metal Pieces in the Oil

The reason fluids exist in your engine is too keep a dry, hot metal part from scraping when it comes into contact with another dry, hot metal part. Without fluid, a running engine wouldn’t last more than a few hours. When the fluids are missing, grinding metal will create shavings that are scraped off during contact. Metal shavings tell you that your car only has a few hours or days left to live if you don’t bring your car in so that we find the problem.

4. The Engine Won’t Start

When an engine is failing to produce sufficient power, it could be the result of a combination of problems that are occurring at the same time. In essence, the engine is weak and needs significant repair to produce sufficient power. When the engine is that weak, we recommend you give your car an engine replacement instead of repair. You’re likely to spend less money in the long run.

Professional Engine Repair in Minneapolis, MN

When your engine has finally given up, bring your car to AA Auto Technicians. We specialize in auto engine repair for both personal and commercial vehicles. Our services extend to car owners in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. To schedule an engine inspection and repair, contact us at 651-437-2218, or you can message us on our contact page.