The engine is the heart of your vehicle. When it stops working, so does your car. Just as the human heart needs its owner to eat healthy food and exercise for it to operate properly, your car’s engine also needs you to provide it with proper care.

A neglected engine that needs to be repaired or replaced is typically the costliest maintenance issue a driver can face, according to mechanics. Angie’s List members recently reported paying between $3,000 and $9,500 for a new engine. Don Jones, owner of highly rated Gordon Automotive in Austin, Texas, says he has never replaced an engine for less than $4,000. He says the average price is usually in the $5,000 to $6,000 range.

With that in mind, several highly rated auto pros discussed five ways drivers typically kill their engines.

1. Neglecting oil changes

2. Overlooking oil leaks

3. Disregarding the engine oil light

4. Ignoring the cooling system

5.Flooding your engine

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