The engine in your vehicle is what keeps your car running and working. It is no surprise that if your engine isn’t in great shape, your car won’t be, either, and you’ll need to visit your local auto repair shop. There are a few ways that you’ll know your engine is in need of repairs:

Check Engine Light Turns On

A check engine light indicates a serious problem with your ignition, fuel or emission system. If this light comes on, it is a serious problem and needs immediate attention.


When your engine stops running and your cars stalls, this could indicate a problem with the electrical system in your car or the fuel system. The engine is unable to ignite the gas in the car’s cylinders and requires attention from a certified technician.

Engine Clicking or Ticking

If your engine starts to sound like your watch, you may be having a problem with the car’s oil pressure. A damaged or clogged oil pump could be preventing oil from reaching all of the components necessary to run the vehicle. To keep your car running at its best, it is important to keep the engine in optimal condition. Take your vehicle for its scheduled maintenance, perform yearly emissions tests and visit Jim’s Automotive with any questions or concerns you have regarding your car.

From high horsepower sports cars to fuel efficient hybrids, engines have one main task. They provide power get us where we want to go. The engine is a complex machine full of rotating parts pumping in air and fuel to burn. The burning fuel is then used to turn the engine faster and make the power we need. As the engine spins faster and faster each component is exposed to heat and friction. Keeping the engine lubricated, cooled and clean is a very important factor in keeping it running. We offer maintenance services such as oil changes, carbon cleaning and cooling system flushing for preventative measures. However, when something spins thousands of times a minute for thousands of miles it will eventually break. When it does, we are still here for you. We are experienced and capable with most all engine repairs or replacements. We are also able to offer knowledgeable advice when deciding on what to do when something major happens. Should I repair it? Should I replace it? What are my options? These are all questions that will be able to help you answer with good judgement based on the situation at hand.