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Low compression will not cause an engine to not run. It may not run efficiently but it will run. Low compression on all cylinders is caused by wear, and can only be fixed by overhauling the engine. Low compression on just one cylinder can be a blown head gasket, burnt valve, or a broken ring on that cylinder. I also depends on what you mean by "below average". An engine with lots of miles may very well have a compression reading that is below the factory specifications and not be cause for alarm. It depends on how much below specs that compression is. In any case, the only fix is to open the engine up.

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