4 Things That Can Cause Irreversible Engine Damage

Repairs and maintenance is an integral part of owning a car. No matter what price you pay, car parts are made of degradable materials that need repairs or replacement as the car ages. However, engine repairs are a category everyone wants to avoid as much as possible.

If you know what causes significant harm to a car’s engine, you can avoid them and save yourself tons of money and time. While you can repair any damage to your engine, this

damage leaves a lasting effect and can become irreversible as time goes on, degrading your engine’s performance.

The following are four things that can cause irreversible engine damage.

Hydro-Locked Engine

Water entering the engines can cause serious damage to the engine. The pistons in the combustion chambers of the engines are designed to compress air and fuel intake toward the cylinders. However, if water enters your cylinder pipes, the piston rod can wear off trying to compress water as it is not designed for that purpose.

Therefore, avoid taking your car out on flooded roads to protect your engine from hydro-locking. You can also use extension pipes to raise the air intake height, stopping water from getting in through the exhaust.

Low Engine Oil

Engine oil is an essential component that's required to maintain the health of an engine. The oil keeps the metal and steel parts lubricated and keeps them from being damaged due to friction. Insufficient oil means your engine is not getting enough lubrication, which slows down the movement of engine parts. Hence, the struggling parts lead to improper function and overheating.

The damage caused by low engine oil levels requires you to repair or replace your engine completely, which can be a heavy blow to your budget. However, you can avoid this by regularly checking your engine oil using the dipstick and keeping an eye for the engine oil warning light in the instrument cluster.

Overloading a Cold Engine

Running your car at high RPMs while your engine is cold gradually damages your engine over time. You may not notice the effects immediately, but it’s a slow poison that leaves irreversible engine damage.

When the car is turned off, the engine cools down and the oil settles at the bottom. Hence, it takes time to warm up and lubricate the parts after starting. If you overload your engine with heavy acceleration before the engine is wholly lubricated, the parts get damaged due to friction.

After you start your car, wait for a couple of minutes so the engine can warm up and oil all the parts. When the cool temperature light goes off, that’s your cue to drive off.

Overheating Engine

Engine functions produce heat in great amounts - heat that can melt the metal that makes up the machine's vital parts. However, the coolant keeps your engine from doing this by taking heat away from the engine block. If the coolant has finished or is unable to reach the engine block, the engine overheats and gets heavily damaged.

The heat produced by the engine melts the seal and gasket, which allows water to get into the pistons. As mentioned earlier, pistons find it hard to compress water, which results in overheating and worn and broken-down parts.

Final Thoughts

The engine damage causes we mentioned can leave your car’s performance in shambles and usually take a heavy toll on your pocket. Hence, look out for these factors beforehand, and you can save your engine from bearing irreversible damage.



 
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