Toyota Corolla Parts And Toyota Corolla Accessories
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Saving Your Toyota Corolla from Engine Failure
Here\'s a no brainer: no one wants their engine to fail and along with it, their savings to get depleted. Unfortunately for some Toyota owners, the Toyota Corolla has been experiencing a huge amount of oil usage. The excessive use of oil makes it hard for the engine to keep up with the replenishing, resulting in lubrication issues that inevitably ends with the engine failing.
Addressing excessive oil consumption issue
Oil, like other car fluids, needs to be topped off every once in a while. But if you\'re adding oil every one to two weeks, then there\'s definitely something wrong. But on the other hand, you can\'t really let your engine run with little oil. So, what now? First, find the reason why your engine is consuming too much oil. Check for leaks and look for oil drips on the road where your car had been. Take a look at your gasket to see if there\'s a blown part that may have been leaking oil to the other components of your engine system. If no leaks have been found, observe your vehicle\'s exhaust color. If it\'s too smoky or has a hint of blue, then you\'re burning oil, which means that the piston rings have already worn out. The valve guides, when already worn out, can also contribute to high oil consumption. Have a professional look at the piston rings and valve guides to make sure that they\'re still functioning properly and that your engine won\'t fail due to excessive oil consumption.
Avoiding engine overheating
Too much heat causes the parts of the engine to expand until there are no more clearances left. It causes the valve stems to gall and stick while the pistons to scuff and seize until your engine eventually fails in the end because of overheating.
Your engine can overheat under several circumstances, which if not taken care of may lead to engine failure. Primary cause for overheating engine is a low coolant level that leaves the engine straining for some relief from the heat it is continuously producing. A low coolant level, in turn, can be caused by leaks in the hoses or radiator or could simply be because you\'ve forgotten that it\'s already time to top it off. A weak radiator cap can also leak pressure, which gives way to the coolant to escape the system. So make sure that you refill the coolant on time and check every component in the process. A faulty thermostat also contributes to engine overheat. Because when thermostats fail, they prevent the flow of coolant from the engine to the radiator. So aside from a replacement, it would be wise to put up a back-up thermostat that\'ll allow some coolant to flow even as your vehicle\'s \"primary\" thermostat is failing.
Paying attention to dashboard warning lights
The dashboard lights weren\'t put up as decorations on your dashboard. They have an important role in making sure that you\'re able to stay on top of any issue your vehicle might be experiencing. If you want to avoid having an engine failure, you better not ignore these warning lights when they go off: Check Oil/Oil Level Low, Oil Pressure Low, and Check Engine. Not paying attention to these warnings may cost you your engine, when in fact it should\'ve only been a simple engine trouble.