I've been experiencing quite a lot of problems with my Buick Encore. One of which and the most expensive, was high fuel consumption. Ever since I bought it, it was very fuel efficient. Recently though, I've been going to the gasoline station more frequently than before. I know something's wrong with my vehicle, but I just can't point it out. What should I look for?
A sudden increase in your fuel consumption is definitely caused by a problem in your fuel system. You might want to check your fuel level sensor if it is already worn out. This sensor is responsible for reading the fuel level. When this part fails, it would read your fuel level incorrectly, causing you inaccurate readings and incurring high fuel consumption. This is a common problem among Buicks, and it should be replaced immediately to correct the condition. Some technicians advise replacing the entire fuel pump module especially if you have a high mileage in your odometer.
I was cleaning my vehicle early this morning, when I saw an unfamiliar puddle of water underneath my Buick Encore. It was the first time it has ever happened to my favorite crossover. I can't figure out if the fluid is just coolant or engine oil. I wonder where the leak came from. Should I be alarmed?
You don't have to panic, but you need to make sure that you address it immediately. A leaking coolant is not an unusual problem for vehicles. This is usually caused by a worn out intake manifold gasket. This is due to old age and external factors, like corrosion and dirt buildup. When the gasket wears out, it would cause an internal coolant leak. It could result in your coolant getting mixed with the engine oil. When this happens, if you operate your engine with this mixture of coolant and oil, it can lead to internal engine damage. That's a valid reason to worry about. It is important to replace the worn out intake manifold gaskets as soon as possible to avoid these problems. Once replaced, make sure to top up your coolant to keep your radiator working fine and avoid overheating.
I was driving home when I saw that my Check Engine light was turned on. It never lit up like that before, which made me worried sick because I couldn't afford to have a damaged engine. I looked up the cost estimates for an engine repair, and I know I don't have a budget for it. I couldn't figure out what's the root cause of the problem though. What should I do?
Repairing or replacing an engine should really bother you because it would cost you a lot of money. While an illuminated Check Engine light might scare you, what you need to do is to determine why it turned on. It would be difficult to do that, but you can always bring it to your trusted mechanic to diagnose it for you. The usual causes of the Check Engine light turning on is when your vehicle's engine control module detects a fault in the emissions system.