Prevent Engine Failure with Simple Steps

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Reckless and careless driving can not only cause damage to your car's exterior-from running into other vehicles, throwing up rocks and debris, and other exterior damage-but also your car's engine.

While it might be exhilarating to put the pedal to the metal and speed down curvy back roads or neon-lit city streets, pretending you are in a high-speed chase straight from Grand Theft Auto, busting up your new engine or remanufactured engine will cost more than a ticket from the police who are hiding just around that infamous turn.


While remanufactured engines--such as those from Marshall Engines-can save thousands when it comes to engine failure and replacement, having to replace an engine is still a costly event so take the steps necessary to prevent engine replacement. Below are some tips to help you prevent engine failure and unnecessary engine damage.

1. Revving your engine and letting your engine race during start-up is one way to quickly add years of ear to your engine. Racing and revving a cold engine does not warm the engine up quicker, it simply places the engine under more strain.

In addition, letting your engine idle your engine in the driveway to warm up your car is not beneficial either. Letting your engine idle causes your engine to not operate at its highest level, making the temperature lower and resulting in incomplete fuel combustion, which can cause future problems inside your engine including soot deposits and contamination.

2. Accelerate with caution. When you first start up in the morning, after a few hours of sitting or when it is cold outside, do not accelerate quickly because it can cause damage to your drive train. Drive train damage occurs during the first ten to twenty minutes of operation and can take years off the life of your new or remanufactured engine. In general, avoid driving at high speeds or accelerating too quickly during extremely cold or hot seasons because this can also cause damage.

3. Be mindful of your tires and steering habits. Your new or remanufactured engine is not the only important aspect if your car. While engines are a major part, they are not the only costly part of your vehicle. Tires and power-steering aspects are also expensive piece of your car that can be damage without really realizing it.

Extend tire life by choosing to drive carefully in the following ways: do not burn rubber or leave tire marks, follow the speed limit, avoid quick stops, starts and turns, avoid rubbing or hitting the curb, and avoid objects in the road and potholes. Try not to hold your steering wheel at extreme left or right positions because this can damage the power-steering pump.

Engines are expensive pieces of machinery. By changing simple aspects of the way you drive, you are able to positively affect your engine and extend its life. Whether you have a new engine or remanufactured engine, like those from Marshall Engines, make sure you take the steps necessary to prolong the life of your engine and prevent engine failure.

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