Engine Service & Repair
It’s no secret that the internal combustion engine is the heart of your vehicle. Converting heat (generated from burning fuel) into mechanical energy, your engine makes it possible for your car to accelerate and move you about town. Because of its importance to your vehicle’s functionality, your engine must be looked after regularly—just like the health of a heart.
Whether your check engine light is appearing on your dash or you’re experiencing telltale signs of engine trouble, professional engine repair and maintenance is of the utmost importance to the longevity of your motor vehicle.
At Kennedy Transmission, we want to ensure all Minnesotans have a reliable ride, which is why our staff of auto technicians are professionally trained and certified in every aspect of auto engine repair and maintenance. From overhauls to tune-ups, we can ensure your vehicle gets to and from where you need to go safely and efficiently. But just what parts make up your engine? And what are signs that something might be wrong with your ride?
What Are the Main Parts of an Engine?
Your engine is made up of six main parts, including:
- Engine block – Often made of iron or aluminum, the block is the main housing of the engine. Featuring several slots, the engine block holds the pistons, crankshaft, camshaft, cylinders, oil pump, and many other parts. It also holds several external components—such as the cylinder head—that are crucial to your engine’s functionality.
- Pistons – Cylindrical in shape with a flat top, pistons transfer energy created via combustion to the crankshaft. Traveling up and down within the cylinder twice during each rotation of the crankshaft, pistons allow your vehicle to propel forward.
- Crankshaft – Located in the lower section of your engine block, the crankshaft is connected to the pistons via a connecting rod. The crankshaft converts the linear energy created by the up-and-down motion of the pistons into rotational energy, thus allowing the rotation of your wheels.
- Camshaft – Located either within the engine block or cylinder head, the camshaft regulates the timing of the intake and exhaust valves opening and closing in each cylinder. The spinning of the camshaft is supported by a series of lubricated ball bearings.
- Cylinder head – Bolted to the engine block and sealed with a head gasket, the cylinder head houses the valve springs, valves, lifters, pushrods, rockers, and camshafts. The cylinder head controls passageways that allow the flow of intake air into the cylinders during the intake stroke, as well as exhaust passages that remove exhaust gases during the exhaust stroke.
- Timing belt or chain – The timing belt of your car ensures that the camshaft and crankshaft are synchronized perfectly so the engine runs properly. Attached to the camshaft and crankshaft sprockets, the timing belt is made of solid rubber with cogs built-in to connect to the teeth on the sprockets.
These six components are dependent upon one another and critical to your engine’s performance. When one of these elements (or smaller aspects of these elements) is malfunctioning, many others could become damaged or faulty if action isn’t taken quickly enough. To ensure you know when something is off with your engine, it’s important to understand the common signs that indicate a problem is unfolding.
Common Signs that Engine Repair is Needed
Since your engine is the biggest thing between you and a safe drive, it’s important to pay attention to various signs that it’s experiencing trouble. Aside from your “Check Engine” indicator light, other symptoms of engine trouble could include:
- Acceleration does not result in going faster
- Engine knocking, backfiring, popping or spitting
- Poor gas mileage
- Stalling automatic transmission
- Abnormally smelling exhaust fumes
- Rough idling or driving
If you notice any of these issues, it’s important to find a Kennedy Transmission shop near you for quick diagnostics and repairs.
Engine Repair Services
Here at Kennedy Transmission, we specialize in advanced engine repair and services, including:
- Camshaft Repair
- Connecting Rod Bearings
- Crankshaft Repair
- Engine Replacement
- Front Crankshaft Oil Seal
- Head Gaskets
- Oil Pan Gaskets
- Oil Pan Replacement
- Oil Pump Replacement
- Piston Rings
- Rear Main Seal Replacement
- Timing Belt Replacement
- Timing Chain
- Timing Cover
- Timing Gears
- Valve Adjustments
- Valve Cover Gaskets
Get Your Engine Repaired or Serviced at Kennedy Today
The goal of our automotive shops in Minnesota is to keep your engine in top-performing condition. Whether it’s engine troubleshooting, timing adjustments, performance and diesel engine repair, an engine rebuild, or replacement service, our auto repair shops can do it all. Use our shop locator to find a Kennedy Transmission near you today!