Top Ways People Cause Major Damage to Their Car’s Engine

Your car can turn on you in an instant. More than 39,000 Americans passed away after a car accident in 2019. That’s 14.1 deaths for every 100,000 vehicles. 

One cause of many accidents is engine failure. Your car engine may have damage that you don’t know about, or that you think is insignificant. However, any damage can lead to a collision, so you should take steps to avoid damage and fix your vehicle.

How can overheating and a lack of fuel damage your engine? What are some repairs you can make to your engine to avoid extensive damage? When should you take your car in for repairs or sell it to a junk car company for cash? 

Here are some of the top ways that people cause major damage to their car’s engine.


It is okay if your engine’s temperature rises by a few degrees. The combustion process produces a lot of heat, and engines can use coolant to drop the heat down.

When your engine approaches 200 degrees, you are at risk for an overheating engine. You may experience engine failure, especially while you are driving your car. 

Your engine may overheat due to a lack of coolant, a broken hose, or a clog in your hose. Look at your dashboard and see if any lights have come up. If nothing has come up, you should open your hood and inspect your coolant levels and hoses. 

Take a step back as soon as you open your hood. Steam can rise out of your engine and burn you. While you are inspecting your engine, you should wear gloves and eye goggles. 

Oil Leaks

In addition to your coolant, oil can leak out of your engine. You may notice stains on your driveway or in your garage. If they are brown or yellow, your oil is leaking.

While you are driving your car, you may hear thumping or grinding sounds. Your engine uses oil as a lubricant, so the sounds may indicate your parts are bumping together without oil. 

As with an overheating engine, you should open your hood and do a visual inspection. You may be able to spot leaking oil.

If a hose or bolt is loose, you can place your car on a car jack and then tighten the hose or bolt. You can then add a sealant or additive to plug a hole in your hose. 

Leaks can prevent your engine from starting, but you shouldn’t panic when your car won’t start. You may need to replace your fuel filters so the fuel can pass through your engine easily. 

Lack of Oil Changes

Your engine may have oil, but the oil may not be high-quality. Particles can build up in your oil, leading to a clog.

A common misconception about oil changes is that you should change your oil every 3,000 miles. While this isn’t a bad rule to follow, there are other rules you can consider. 

If you drive your car frequently on trips that are ten miles or less, you should change your oil more often because your engine has a lot of wear and tear. If you are using synthetic oil, you can change it every 10,000 miles because it leaves less sludge behind.

You should also change your oil whenever the light for an oil change comes on. Stop your car as soon as you can and change the oil. 

You should track how long you go between oil changes. If you’re changing your oil frequently, you may have a leak. You should go to a car repair shop for a detailed inspection.

Engine Flooding

After driving through a rainstorm or a flooded area, your engine could flood. Water can seep in through gaps in the hood or frame and fill your engine with water. A little water can help cool your car down, but the engine may develop rust.

You should inspect your engine after any drive through a rainstorm. If it seems a little wet, you should put your car in an enclosed area and let it dry off. 

Do not drive a car with an engine that is filled with water. You should go to a car repair shop so you can get the water drained and your engine fixed. 

Piston Detonation

Your combustion chamber needs heat and pressure to function, but if it becomes too hot and too pressurized, the fuel in the chamber can ignite.

This can cause your pistons to detonate. If the detonation is significant enough, you may have holes or cracks in your engine that will keep your engine from working. You also may have smashed bearings or blown gaskets. 

You can prevent piston detonation by keeping your engine cool and providing it with a high-quality oil. You should not drive your car once your pistons have detonated. If you are on the road, you should pull over and call for a tow truck, so you avoid an accident.

Car Accidents 

Your engine bay protects your engine from minor accidents, but after a major collision, your engine can become damaged or destroyed. 

Even after a minor accident, you should check to make sure your engine is okay. A hose may have come loose, or a bolt may have fallen out. You can make minor repairs and then test your vehicle to make sure it is running properly. 

However, if the cost of repairs is more than the cost of a replacement, you should not bother getting repairs. Go to All Car Buys with your junk car and get cash in your hand that day.

The Many Types of Car Engine Damage

Your car engine can break down at any moment. Overheating, leaks, and a lack of engine oil are the most common causes of engine breakdowns. You can fix these problems by filling your engine with coolant and plugging in holes. 

Engine flooding and piston detonation are less common, but they can destroy your engine. You must go to a repair shop for help. A major accident can render your car unsafe to drive. 

You should sell your broken car to someone. All Car Buys purchases vehicles from Orlando, Lakeland, and surrounding areas. Contact us today.