Your car is one of your assets, is the machine that makes you money, because it takes you to work. However, there are a number of different things to look for that can indicate if a vehicle is experiencing any kind of mild to severe engine problems. Engines are expensive to replace and vehicles are essentially useless without a good engine, so it is important to keep your engine as healthy as possible and make repairs as needed if you suspect there is a problem.
Check the vehicle’s fluids.
Fluids are one of the most efficient indicators of the condition of an engine. The oil should be brown, translucent and full. It should not smell burnt or be milky, clumpy or discolored, all of which are signs of potential engine problems. Coolant should be full and contain antifreeze, which is typically green in color.
Look for leaks.
Leaks are a sign that something is amiss with the vehicle or engine. Have a trusted mechanic examine any area of the engine where you see fluid accumulating. Park the vehicle on a relatively clean concrete parking slab and leave it there over night. You will be able to see areas where there is significant fluid leaking out of the next morning because the fluids will have pooled on the concrete under the leak.