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There are certain things that vehicles need to function. Fuel, inflated tires, and engine oil are among the most common. However, your car needs more to avoid premature engine failure. In fact, not doing certain things could cause issues, like a blown head gasket. The repair costs for the engine could be more expensive than taking preventative measures such as looking for the check engine light.

Here’s how you can do your part to prevent premature engine failure.

Not maintaining the proper oil and fluid levels can cause premature engine failure

Overheating is one of the most significant contributors to premature engine failure. This can occur for any number of reasons, but it often happens because of a lack of coolant. It’s important to note that the combustion process in the engine can get so hot that it permanently damages the engine, and it’s the coolant that helps prevent the damage.

Luckily, your vehicle has a temperature gauge in the cabin. Upon noticing that the temperature is getting too high while driving, drivers should pull over because prolonged use without the coolant could cause premature engine failure. In fact, overheating could also lead to a blown head gasket. Many people suggest leaving extra coolant in your trunk for this reason.

It's important to pay attention to your check engine light
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As practically everyone knows, your car also needs oil to function properly. Not maintaining the proper oil levels for your vehicle could cause premature engine failure. The same is true for not using the correct type of oil. Drivers should also know that oil leaks can be widespread in some vehicles and cause you to run out when you think your vehicle has the right amount of oil.

It’s also important to notice any check engine or oil change lights. Most vehicles do a good job of warning drivers when service is needed.

There can be other causes

Of course, people worry about premature engine failure in the form of a blown head gasket. However, other factors could cause engine problems. Hydrolocking is another potential issue. This happens when driving through floods, which makes it uncommon. Essentially, water, which cannot be compressed, gets into the engine through intake and exhaust ports.

According to Car Throttle, water, or other liquids, getting into the engine can damage significant components such as pistons, valves, and shafts.

In a nutshell, it’s never a good idea to continue driving if you notice strange noises, smoke coming from under the hood, or a drastic change in your vehicle’s performance. You could be doing a ton of damage without even knowing it. Additionally, you should never ignore a check engine light.