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Main Causes of Engine Failure
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09 Mar, 2024

Main Causes of Engine Failure

The engine is the beating heart of any vehicle, powering its movement and performance. However, an engine failure can bring even the most reliable car to a standstill, rendering it useless and potentially costly to repair. Fortunately, many engine failures are preventable with proper care and maintenance.

In this brief article brought to you by Wrights Car Care, we'll explore common causes of engine failure, discuss preventive measures to reduce the risks, and emphasize the underappreciated importance of routine maintenance.

If you need an urgent mechanic in the area, then call Wrights Car Care to speak with a member of our team. We serve Atlanta, Chamblee, and surrounding cities in Georgia with reliable and reputable auto repair service.

Common Engine Failure Cause 1: Poor Lubrication

One of the primary causes of engine failure is insufficient lubrication, which leads to increased friction and wear on engine components. Over time, inadequate lubrication can result in seized bearings, damaged piston rings, and catastrophic engine failure.

Make sure your engine is properly lubricated by maintaining adequate oil levels and adhering to recommended oil change intervals.

Common Engine Failure Cause 2: Overheating

Excessive heat can wreak havoc on an engine, causing warping of cylinder heads, damage to gaskets, and even piston seizure. Overheating may result from coolant leaks, malfunctioning thermostats, or a faulty cooling system.

To prevent overheating, regularly check water and coolant levels, inspect hoses and connections for leaks, and ensure the radiator and cooling fan are working properly.

Common Engine Failure Cause 3: Dirty Air Filters

Dirty or clogged air filters restrict airflow to the engine, reduce combustion efficiency, and cause engine performance to suffer. A dirty air filter can lead to increased fuel consumption, reduced power output, and premature wear on engine components.

Replace air filters at regular intervals to maintain optimal engine performance and fuel efficiency.

Common Engine Failure Cause 4: Ignition System Failure

Faulty ignition components such as spark plugs, ignition coils, and ignition wires can lead to misfires, rough idling, and ultimately, engine failure. Ignition system failure may result from worn-out components, improper gap settings, or electrical issues.

Inspect and replace ignition components as needed to ensure reliable engine ignition and smooth operation.

Common Engine Failure Cause 5: Contaminated Fuel

Contaminants such as water, dirt, and debris in the fuel system can wreak havoc on engine performance and reliability. Contaminated fuel can lead to fuel injector clogging, fuel pump failure, and engine misfires.

Use high-quality fuel from reputable sources and consider using fuel additives or fuel filters to prevent contamination and maintain fuel system cleanliness.

Some Tips from Your Friends at Wrights Car Care

Wrights Car Care is a reputable auto repair shop dedicated to keeping drivers and roads safe. Our mechanics are regularly trained to deliver quality technical service as well as customer service. We are always here to help, and we’d like to share some fundamental tips for keeping your engine safer:

  1. Routine oil changes are essential for maintaining proper engine lubrication and preventing wear and tear on engine components.
  2. Regularly inspect the coolant system for leaks, corrosion, and proper fluid levels.
  3. Replace air filters at recommended intervals to ensure optimal airflow to the engine and prevent contamination of internal components.
  4. Periodically inspect ignition components such as spark plugs, ignition coils, and wires for signs of wear, corrosion, or damage.
  5. Use fuel additives or fuel system cleaners periodically to remove carbon deposits, contaminants, and buildup from the fuel system.

If you’d like to have a trained mechanic inspect your vehicle, then call Wrights Car Care to schedule an appointment today. We are also happy to arrange emergency assistance for as soon as possible.

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