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How to Save Your Dodge Durango from Engine Failure
Engine failure is the most unwanted car problem next to total loss of braking power and steering response, because it won\'t just require big amount of money in order to fix the problem but also ask great amount of your precious time. How will you be able to save your Dodge Durango from engine failure when you know for a fact that it suffers from stress and strain resulting to gradual decline of performance, and possible failure? Give extra attention on oil and temperature. And provide the needed cure as soon as a problem is sensed.
Take notice of the temperature
The temperature gauge is your best friend when it comes to caring for your engine. It will both warn you when something is wrong and tell you if it is okay to continue running when everything is fine. However, when the temperature gauge is problematic, reading will not be accurate, and overheating is more likely to happen. When the latter happens often, the possibility of an engine failure will continuously go higher. And so, the gauge has to always be in its optimal condition, with the sending unit, gauge wiring, and engine thermostat all perfectly working.
What are the things you need to do when the gauge reads too high or when the engine boils over? Immediately check the coolant level, and top it up as necessary with 50-50 anti-freeze and water coolant mixture. Also make sure that the coolant does not leak due to faulty coolant clamp or hose. Temperature can also spike up when the drive belt is slipping, the vacuum control hose is disconnected, and the ignition circuit is faulty. Adjust or replace as needed.
Ensure correct oil quality and quantity
Oil acts as coolant while helping to keep the engine work effectively by preventing the engine\'s metal parts from getting damaged due to rubbing against each other. Significantly, you have to make sure that your engine is running with sufficient oil. If you notice that you have been tapping engine oil too frequently, it is important to check for leaks with the gaskets or joints. You will have to tighten the drain plug, filter, bolts on engine covers, or replace the gaskets. Changing the engine oil within 3,000 to 10,000 or 5,000 to 16,000 as specified by the car manufacturer will extend the engine life, because the lubricant\'s quality is kept right. To help out with that is periodic oil filter change.
Keep your senses sharp for any abnormalities
Experienced drivers easily determine engine problems by using their senses of feeling, listening, smelling, and seeing. Rough running and idling, vibrating, as well as stalling, all indicate problems within the system. The same thing is true when you hear the engine pinging, rapping, rattling, screeching, and ticking. Strong fuel and burning smell also warn you about engine problems. And when the engine emits fumes or steam, or you see black, blue, or white smoke coming out of the exhaust, the engine is asking you to fix something in it. If you readily attend to the problems indicated by any of the abovementioned abnormalities, your Dodge Durango will be assured to run with better engine mileage.