Regular auto care will help ward off serious car problems, like a cracked block.
One of the biggest “OH NOs!!!!!!!!” that the owner of a vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine can have is a cracked block. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, you’re in for a major auto repair. The block is what most people think of when they form a mental picture of “car engine.” It’s the big, heavy, blocklike piece that houses most of the other important components – cylinders, valves and gaskets, for example – in a cooled and lubricated crankcase. As wisegeek.org notes, “This part is designed to be extremely strong and sturdy, because its failure results in failure of the car, which will not function until the engine block is replaced or repaired.”
So, how do you know if your block is cracked – or cracking? Overheating and white exhaust smoke are two indications. So is failure of the engine to operate. But, unless the crack is so obvious you can see it, about the only way to really tell is to bring your vehicle to experienced, certified mechanics like those at Twin Tire and Auto Care to let them check. The symptoms of a cracked block can be signs of other problems, so a good technician is the only one who can tell what’s really going on most of the time.
An engine block doesn’t have to crack. As wisegeek points out: “Because of its importance in the functioning of the car, drivers should perform regular maintenance on their vehicles to prevent damage to internal parts that can be caused by overheating, insufficient oil, and other easily preventable situations.” Twin Tire can help you with those things, too. Because if you don’t take care of your car or truck, you likely won’t be going to swing night with the Creole String Beans.
Twin Tire has been the trusted auto repair and auto care expert in New Orleans since 1973. Twin Tire has three convenient auto repair and auto care locations to serve your car or light truck – Marrero, Hammond and Harvey. Twin Tire also has a Harahan location for heavy, commercial vehicles.
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