Chips and cracks in engine blocks are very bad news for car and truck owners.
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 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 Terry’s Car Care and let them check. The symptoms of a cracked block can be signs of other problems instead, 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.” Terry’s can help you with those things, too. Because if you don’t take care of your car or truck, you likely won’t be able to take the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation’s Historic East Isthmus Bike Tour. That’s because you’ll be using your bike to get to work.