To help keep your vehicle in the best condition possible, it is important to bring the vehicle in for regular maintenances when it is recommended. If any issue is ignored, it can cause further damage in the future. The engine is a finely tuned mechanical machine that is built to handle a number of explosions every second in order to power a vehicle. The ideal is to perform enough maintenance to allow the engine to perform at top efficiency without requiring an overhaul. Doing this requires tracking how much abuse the engine has taken and making sure that engine does not run out of lubricants. If you notice any strange noises from the vehicle, make sure to bring it in as soon as you can.
The engine works on the basic principle of causing a rapid burst to cause pistons to go up and down. By doing this power is created, which is then shifted to the wheels, as needed. This includes the front, the rear, or all four depending on the current transmission configuration. The pistons go up and down in their cylinders; as long as there is limited friction between them the engine performs acceptably. The cylinders lacking proper lubrication is the source of the most dangerous problems facing the engine, as a lack of lubricants can cause the engine to seize up and either freeze.
There must a certain amount of pressure kept on the pistons at all times; that is, in order for the explosion of gas to properly move the pistons up and down the explosion must not be able to dissipate. The piston rings keep up the pressure by not allowing much air to escape. At the same time the piston must return to the starting position; this is accomplished through flywheels. Between the flywheels returning the piston to the starting position and the pistons rings not allowing the force of the explosions to dissipate, the pistons are forced to keep going up and down, powering the vehicle.
If you ever notice an issue with the vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment as soon as you can. This can help prevent further damage being done to the engine and other parts. Having an issue fixed at the first sign can also help reduce the chance of a costly repair bill in the future.