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A thrown rod is usually the result of metal fatigue, insufficient lubrication or over-revving of an engine. When gasoline combusts in a cylinder, it drives the piston head downward, pushing the connecting rod and turning... More »

A blown car engine can be the result of several factors and often ends in a broken connecting rod or a broken valve. Although both scenarios result in an unusable engine, the engine does not really blow up. More »

Common car engine problems include the engine failing to start, the Service Engine light appearing as a result of a fault detected in the emission, and overheating as a result of low levels of coolant. Other common cause... More »

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