How To Ruin A Car Engine Through The Gas Tank

There are many possible causes of engine damage. In addition to technical defects, e.g. broken injection nozzles, faulty designs are increasingly causing costly repairs. However, many drivers, out of ignorance, do not treat the engine properly and thus provoke expensive damage. You should definitely avoid the following mistakes!

Mistake: Not checking fluid levels

It is not only important to check the engine oil regularly, but also to change it regularly. A lot of engine damage could be avoided if drivers took a look under the bonnet in good time. To ensure that the engine has a long service life, you should check the fluid levels at regular intervals and especially before long journeys. But be careful: Too much oil can also be harmful to the engine. If the oil level is above the maximum mark on the dipstick, the crankshaft will splash in the oil and cause it to foam. The result: the oil pump only sucks in air and there is also insufficient lubrication.

Mistake: Not adhering to maintenance intervals

How long an engine lives depends primarily on maintenance. Unfortunately, many car owners want to save money here and overrun the maintenance intervals. While old engines often didn't cope that well, an excessive oil change can already lead to expensive damage in a modern car. While an oil change interval of 30,000 kilometers may be suitable for a long-distance driver, it is already too long for a short-distance driver, even with good engine oil. When driving short distances, fuel gets into the oil, it becomes dirty, and loses its properties over time.

Mistake: Ignore defects and noises

A car never repairs itself - but many drivers seem to think so anyway. It is not uncommon for unusual noises or warning lights (especially the yellow check engine light) to be ignored. This is a big mistake, because warning lights rarely light up without a reason. If the check engine light comes on when the engine is running, then something is usually wrong with the combustion. This can be due, among other things, to the fact that an engine misfires or draws in false air.  

Will sugar ruin the engine through the gas tank?

Contrary to what is claimed, sugar does not dissolve in petrol or diesel. The sticky substance supposedly formed by sugar and fuel, which then glues the tank, fuel line and engine together in a matter of seconds, does not form.

While sugar can still cause damage, putting sugar in the car tank does not immediately damage the engine. That's a myth. Sugar does not dissolve in gasoline or diesel. Instead, the granules settle. However, you should still not pour sugar or other foreign substances into the tank. The tiny particles can cause severe damage to the fuel filter or injectors. Cleaning the tank and changing the nozzles afterward is expensive fun.

What happens if there is water in the petrol tank?

The water that enters will sink to the bottom of the tank, collect in a corner, or dip and be trapped in the fuel filter water trap, mix with the gasoline, and then burn. There will be no damage to your car. 

What else destroys a car engine?

If there is not enough water in the cooling system, there is a risk that the engine will overheat. The head gasket usually burns out relatively quickly due to overheating. Then the engine oil mixes with the cooling water to form an emulsion that no longer lubricates the engine sufficiently and thus causes engine damage.