What is the purpose of a Car Engine?
Looking at the engine of a car can be quite confusing as there is a lot of metal, wires, and tubes put together under the hood. Thinking about it, you begin to wonder how all these things come together to make the car move. And even on occasions, you may hear things like “3.0-liter V6 engine”. You don’t understand? That is absolutely fine. In this article, we will be looking at what the purpose of a car engine is and how important it is for a car engine to be properly maintained. As much as we know that a car will not move without fuel in it, the fuel will, however, be useless if there is no engine to convert it into motion so that the car will move. The purpose of the car engine is to burn the gasoline internally, therefore, serving as an internal combustion engine.
Why is it important to maintain car engine?
It is important to maintain the car engine for so many reasons which include better performance, the safety of your car and for the purpose of longevity. The engine can be likened to the human body as it has fluids running through it that make it work, but unlike the human body, the engine does not have kidney and liver to clean itself. The most important task in maintaining a car engine is regular changing of the engine oil and changing it before the oil gets dirty. Not adhering to this maintenance practice could cause a lot of danger to your car. It could kill off the engine totally and the only remedy would be for you to visit an engine replacement shop.
Another reason why it is important to maintain your car engine is to ensure that the engine remains cool so it does not corrode or rust. To achieve this, it is important to keep the cooling system which is consists of the radiator, coolant and water pump. If any of these is faulty in any way or not properly maintained, the engine ends up failing.
What are the common issues with engines?
- Oil pump failure
Oil pump failure occurs as a result of starving the engine with oil. It is not just enough to change the oil regularly and on time, you should also make sure the oil is highly viscous so as to make sure it is light enough to flow easily. This can also be caused if the oil filter is missing or blocked.
- Engine overheating
Your car needs oil for its moving parts to move so as to reduce friction and prevent heat. Not changing the oil regularly could make the engine get hot and the moving parts get stuck. The engine oil, therefore, has to be changed and kept at an appropriate level.
- Loss of Coolant
This causes overheating and it can be avoided by making sure the coolant is kept clean and the entire cooling system is functioning well.
- Spark Knock
This is when too much heat has built up in the combustion chamber and a metallic knock arises as a result. When the knocks get heavy or prolonged, it could cause damage such as holes in the pistons, crushed rod bearings, cracked rings and blown head gaskets. You should also run an engine noise diagnosis to figure out the cause of the noise.
- Broken oxygen sensor
The oxygen sensor is used to measure how much oxygen has not been burned in your car’s exhaust which is then used to know how much fuel is left in the gas tank. Once the sensor is broken, this causes lower gas mileage for your car.