February 13th, 2013 in Car Maintenance Tips
We all know that the engine is as important to a car as the heart is to your body. As it is a finely tuned piece of machinery it is important that you follow these steps to make sure your car lasts for a long time. Even though it’s the most important thing, engine maintenance is the one thing that is neglected by everyone when they undertake maintenance on their cars. WHY?! Do you like buying a new car every year? Because to be honest I don’t! Here are some helpful engine maintenance tips that will not only grow car the life span of your but help the performance of your car and keep cost down from a hefty engine bill.
Regular Oil Change
This is the most important step to keep your engine running and is a MUST FOLLOW tip. Oil is the metaphorical blood of your car. If you had no blood in your body you wouldn’t run. It’s the same for your car, if you don’t put oil in it, it won’t run! The oil keeps engine parts running properly and stops engine damage. Most manuals tell you to change your oil every 7,500 miles. But specialists recommend you change the oil 3,000 miles. This will definitely increase the life of your engine.
To check your oil you should, let your car run down for a few minutes. Make sure you are parked on level ground and turn the engine off. Open the bonnet and find the dip stick. And judge whether you have enough oil in. If you don’t , fill it up as soon as you can.
Avoid Rough Driving
You should avoid driving your car like you are Lewis Hamilton because you’re not Lewis Hamilton. (Unless you are Lewis Hamilton, then carry on). The reason why is that its extra wear and tear on your engine. If you are racing at maximum speed everywhere you are putting extra strain on your engine. To change this you should adopt engine friendly driving habits like using proper speed-gear combination and avoid overheating of the engine.
Maintaining Fluid Levels
The cooling system makes sure that the engine temperature is stable and stops the car from overheating. This makes it essential that the fluid level is checked on a regular basis. And if low it must be refilled..
Listen to your car
As silly as this sounds you should keep an eye on the performance for all the components of your car. This will make you aware of any unusual. Even something so small as a spark plug or something retelling will extend the life of your engine.
You should follow the service schedule recommended by the company. The service includes checking all the essential parts of the engine, if there is a problem, you can get it fixed. If not your car will get a good clean.