Your Car's Beating Heart
The engine in your vehicle is what allows you to get from point A to point B on 4 wheels. The modern internal combustion engine is definitely reliable compared to engines of the past, but there are still plenty of things that can go wrong with this technological marvel.
The process of internal combustion begins with the battery, which sends an electrical signal to the starter to turn the engine until it’s started, which lights the spark plugs inside each fuel-filled cylinder which will explode at an even rate. This turns chemical and electrical energy into mechanical energy, which is transmitted to the transmission and then to the axles which turn the wheels.
As you can see, plenty can go wrong with this complex system, and repairs are a matter of inevitability. But Beck’s Auto Center is here is get you back on the road. Below are a few examples of common issues with the functioning of your engine.
Oil pump failure
One debilitating engine problem would be an oil pump failure, which would cause your engine to be deprived of life-giving oil that lubricates the fine-tuned parts in your engine so that they continue to operate properly.
Bad air/fuel mixture
Older cars use a carburetor to get the air/fuel mixture just right. But modern cars use fuel injection. Whichever system your car has, an improper fuel mixture can cause your car to run badly, make it stall, or it can quit running entirely. Depending on the issue, it can cause further issues to other components.
Apart from the air/fuel mixture being just right, it also has to be compressed just right. If not, the pistons will not be able to produce the right amount of power needed to operate normally. This could be a result of things like a damaged ring or a hole in the cylinder, letting air escape that could be used for pushing down the piston.
Pistons, rings, & cylinders
Your car’s cylinders contain the pistons that provide the mechanical energy from the exploding gas, closed in by the rings. Obviously, a problem with any of these parts means poor performance or an inability to run. Things to watch out for are loud rattling coming from the engine compartment, blue smoke in your exhaust, and a rough idle.
Cracked engine block
The engine block houses the cylinders and contains the pressure of combustion. This can cause your engine to overheat, smoke can come from the exhaust, and you may even see coolant coming from the side of the engine.
The timing belt allows the crankshaft to drive the camshaft, which opens and closes the valves, and without it, the engine can’t run. So when it breaks, your vehicle stops, wherever you are at the time.
The head gasket seals the engine block and cylinder head to hold in the combustion process and prevent oil and coolant from mixing together. A failed head gasket could cause a variety of problems depending on the nature and extent of the failure. If left unattended, the engine could be damaged from overheating or other parts could be ruined.
Seals do what they sound like, they seal off various engine components from leaking oil or from allowing contaminants from entering your vehicle systems. A bad seal can cause damage or oil leaks.
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