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Planning to buy a used car and wondering whether the engine is good or bad? You need not worry more as in this article we will tell you 5 exact way to determine the health of your car engine.

As we all know that, engine is the most important part of our vehicles & if the engine mount is bad it can result in total engine failure. Engine failure could cause a high cost of repair.

Determining the condition of the engine could be tricky in the single go as it has a lot of components. Even when the engine is working extremely good. It may experience a problem due to a component breaking without giving a warning sign. 
For this, we have to check several components to identify whether the engine is good or bad.

Here are a few tips on how to spot signs of engine problems when you are checking a vehicle.

5 way to know if engine is bad or good

Strange smell

Every car smells different but you should be familiar with how your car smells in the daily routine. Because it will help you to identify the engine is in good or bad condition.

If you smell burning oil, burning rubber and so on in your car. Then, this is the hints towards the bad condition of the engine. This kind of smell always happens for a reason. Reasons can be the melting of fuel hose or complete failure of engine melting.

If you smell this type of thing in your car. Then, give close attention to dash and check your engine lights. As well as check the level of heat in your car and make your way towards the mechanic because your engine is not in good condition.  

Now, you got my point on how smell help to identify whether the engine is in good or bad condition.

Now, its time to check your bonnet.

Check under the bonnet

How you can check engine damage symptoms when you open the bonnet?
Don’t worry about it!
We have mentioned 4 different ways through which you can identify the good or bad health condition of your engine:

Check under the bonnet

Oil filter cap and dipstick

Carefully open the oil filter cap and check is there any creamy substance present inside the cap. Take out the oil dipstick, clean with a clean cloth, dip back into the place and pull over once again. Check the oil level, color or is any creamy substance. 

If the oil level is under the minimum level of dipstick, it means the working parts of the engine are not properly lubricated and may lead to bad engine health.
If the oil level is above the maximum level, then it means engine oil is burning and this thing also depicts the bad health condition.

Checking the extension bottle

Before checking the extension bottle ensures that the bottle is cold. Coolant, which is often green or red contains the chemical substance which stops the liquid from freezing in zero degrees. Look for the creamy substance in your Vehicle. If you spot creamy substance in your extension bottle then it is an indication of a bad engine. 

Additional engine check

Check your engine block for any oil or water leaks. Check under the bumper and look at the engine for proof of oil or water leaks. If there any kind of leaks in your car because of oil pan leak, bad connection, and oil seals. All these things indicate bad health condition of engine.

Final engine check- 

To check your engine damage symptoms, the best time is when your engine is cold. If your engine produces any kind of unusual noise then it indicates the engine problem.

Fuel leakage from engine

Many people think how fuel leakage can affect there engine!
So, guys let me tell you this thing fuel leakage is the key sign that tells the engine is going in bad condition.
If you notice any of the sign which is mentioned below you can contact our experts for help.  

Fuel leakage from engine

The appearance of oil on the engine:

At the interface between the engine block and the headcover can be the sign of leaky head gasket. If the fluid is visible in this area, clean it and run the engine for a while. If still, oil appears outside the engine it is the sign that the engine is not working properly.

Bubbles in the coolant: 

Engine release gasses spilling into the coolant sections will result in air bubbles. When the engine is cold, open the coolant reservoir cap. Turn on the engine and allow it to warm up to the point where the thermostat opens and the coolant starts to flow. Still, if bubbles are coming in the coolant then visit the professional for the service of your car. 

Watch for a smoke: 

If smoke is coming out from your car. Then, it is not a good sign and it is too late to take the preventive action at this time. However, smoke discharge from the tailpipe of your vehicle. If the smoke releases in a thick layer, this will show that the engine is not in good condition.

Type of smoke :
  • White smoke: If you see white smoke is coming out from your car that means antifreeze or water condensation has mixed with the oil supply, and maybe your coolant is burned which can result in engine failure.
  • Blue smoke: it simply means the oil has escaped its surroundings in the engine and mixed with the fuel, being burned away. If you see blue smoke is coming from your tailpipe then leave your car on the spot and call the mechanic for help.  

Check Engine lights

Check Engine lights

Now, check if the engine light is on “ check your engine”. If the light flashes on the display. It doesn’t mean your engine is in threat, it could be a small issue. But, it should take into the concern at the time of service. But, if other lights lit up such as low oil pressure, brake light, and low oil level light up. It shows that your engine is in bad condition. 

Car Performance 

A smooth-running internal ignition delivers smooth performance. If your car jerks around or stalls when applying the gas. Then, there is a chance that your engine is on failure. Performace issues always depict a deeper problem. If you are facing any kind of problem-related to your car performance such as acceleration problem or so on.

So, it is the right time to visit your nearest professional mechanic. Because if you ignore this thing then it will affect your engine.


With that, we reached the end of this article. Hopefully, now you can tell if the engine is good or bad. Engines play an important role in the life span of your vehicle. It is really important to keep your engine in good condition. There are a lot of ways through which you can identify the problem and solve it by yourself. But, after solving the problem by yourself. The same problem reappears then it highly advisable to contact our expert team. 

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