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How does your car’s engine work?
From fuel combustion, the engine produces energy that enables the car to start and drive. An engine can be combustion or explosion, and two or four stroke. Despite these differences, its function is almost always the same.
An engine consists of several elements. These vary depending on the fuel type. You can usually find in an engine an igniter, generator, air filter, water pump, engine block, etc. It is thanks to all these combined elements that it converts energy into movement. Failure of any of these parts can result engine failure and therefore a breakdown.
When should you repair and when should you replace your engine?
Engine failures are common and usually repairable problems. By purchasing the appropriate used auto parts, you can restore your engine’s performance. The important thing is then to discover the causes of the problem. This will allow you to identify defective items andinitiate repairs.
It may happen that the cost of repairs is quite high. Think of make a diagnosis and obtain an offer Working. Before you decide, do some price comparisons. This will tell you if it is better to repair or replace the motor outright. Go to a professional and reliable repair shop so you don’t get scammed.
What are common engine problems?
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Regardless of whether it is a diesel or an electric engine, breakdowns can be frequent. Since the engine is quite complex, it is sometimes difficult to detect the cause of the error, especially for an amateur. Here are some problems you may encounter and the solutions to fix them.
When you start or drive, you may hear unusual noises under the hood. It can be knocking sounds, vibrations or small explosions. If these recur, stop and check. It may be a defective part. Ideally, take your car to the workshop as soon as possible to prevent the problem from getting worse.
An oil leak
A pool of oil under the car is a recurring problem that you may encounter. If the scene repeats itself, check the oil seals and the crankcase, as the leak may be coming from that side. When the oil runs out, the engine will overheat. At the slightest leakage from the engine, remember to close and seal the joints. By ignoring the problem, you risk damaging the engine components.
Sudden engine stop
It can happen that your engine cuts itself out on the road. In this case, several avenues must be explored. First look at the battery side. This can be flat or its thimble loose. The power supply to the engine computer is then interrupted. The problem could also be with the injectors or a short circuit. Finally, be aware of the fuel pump, which may be faulty, preventing fuel from reaching the engine. If you are not mechanically savvy, call a professional.
That smoke color coming out of your exhaust can tell you that something is wrong with the engine. Normal smoke is white in color and usually disappears after starting. If it is black, the combustion of the engine is incomplete and the vehicle will then consume a lot of fuel. Remember to check the injectors, air filter and other channels. If the smoke is dark blue, check the oil seals as your engine is leaking. Gray smoke, on the other hand, can have several causes (blocked PVC valve, oil leakage, etc.).
Tips for maintaining your engine
To extend the life of your vehicle, it is important tomaintain your engine regularly. Remember that a poorly maintained engine leads to mechanical breakdowns and excessive fuel consumption.
Several elements must be monitored, starting with the vehicle’s various filters. These protect the engine from possible impurities and improve the performance of the vehicle. It could be the oil filter, the fuel filter or even the air filter. Each of them has a close connection with the engine and contributes to its performance. Make sure each filter is always in good condition and doing its job correctly. Also remember to change them often to avoid damaging your engine.
To maintain your engine, it is also essential to have an oil change at least every 5,000 km. Check the engine oil level to avoid breakdowns. Also check the quality of the fuel. You will thus preserve your engine, but also the environment. Finally, maintaining an engine also involves driving. Drive in such a way that the vehicle is comfortable so as not to damage its components.
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