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Five Common Causes of Car Engine Failure

Posted on 11 November 2017 by admin (0)

We both know that the engine is the heart of an automobile. We can as well relate it to your heart in the sense that, when it stops working, your vehicle stops too. Your heart needs you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and provide it with a conducive environment for it to operate and function properly. That’s exactly what your car’s engine needs. You should provide it with proper care and maintenance. Neglecting your car engine, especially when it needs repairs, can end up becoming the most costly maintenance issue you’ll ever face as a driver.

Even someone who doesn’t own a vehicle knows that engine failure is a big deal. Keeping your engine in good shape is critical. Always watch for any warnings and signs for engine repairs and take necessary actions to have them fixed. Here are some of the ways you could be killing your car engine without knowing.

Neglecting Oil Changes

No matter the model or make of car you drive, understand that your car engine requires oil changes. Let’s just say oil serves as the lifeblood of your vehicle’s engine. Neglecting oil changes will result in serious and costly engine problems. Always follow the vehicle manufacturer’s manual instructions when changing the engine oil. Furthermore, make sure you’re using the proper type of oil for your car engine.

Overlooking Oil Leaks

If you’ve interacted with your auto mechanic for a while, he’s told why it’s important to keep an eye out for any oil leaks in your vehicle. Oil leaks can be as a result of the loss of lubrication to engine parts which then causes premature failure. Of course, the failure happens after internal tolerance wear issues develop following the loss of lubrication. Other causes of oil leaks include worn out rubber engine mounts, and deterioration to the steering components or suspension bushings of your engine.

Disregarding the Engine Oil Light

Every car, SUV, and truck is equipped with warning indicators that usually alert the owner in case of a problem. The engine oil light is one of the warning indicators that you should always keep an eye on. When this light comes on, there could be a problem that needs fixing in your engine. The light could also indicate that you need to replace your catalytic converter or oxygen sensor.

Flooding your Car Engine

Well, at times you may decide to make shortcuts and simply drive through a heavy rainstorm or standing water by the roadside. What you never realize is that this can potentially cause serious damage to your car engine, especially if your car has a modified air intake. If water passes through the intake manifold, it can end up bending the piston rods thereby causing damage to your engine.

Ignoring the Cooling System

When was the last time you flushed the engine coolant? According to auto experts, flushing of the engine coolant should be done every 30,000 miles. This is equivalent to about every three years, though it depends on your area. Waiting until your vehicle’s cooling system has deteriorated before you can go for maintenance affects the performance of other parts. One of the indicators that your vehicle is low in the coolant is when your engine starts overheating. Driving a vehicle that’s overheating is ruining the engine. Find a mechanic who can address the problem.