Whether your car is new or used, it involves hard work to maintain and extend the life of the engine. Moreover, for ensuring engine’s reliability and prevent it from breakdown, you need to take extra care in order to avoid expensive repairs. This article contains some tips for maintaining car’s engine.
Engine maintenance tips
Following are some tips for maintaining car’s engine:
1) Check for any leakages
Actually, you don’t need to see it but if there is any oil leakage, you ca smell it. Two main fluids oil and antifreeze you need to make sure that they are not leaking from engine. Excessive pressure and heat can cause hoses of engine to fail. Thus, old and cracked engine hoses lead to oil and other fluids to leak. Apart from this, there are other areas where a leakage can happen in two parts joining together with rubber seal and silicon. These seals can breakdown, thus allowing oil and other fluids to leak out of the engine to wrong areas in the engine compartment. When you park the car, it is a good idea to check occasionally by seeing or smelling if there is any oil leakage.
2) Cooling system should be kept working
The cooling system includes thermostat, radiator, coolant and water pump. For protecting your engine from overheating, the easier way is to check and ensure the proper amount of coolant (fluid of radiator) is being circulated throughout the engine.
Through your engine, the coolant circulates when the thermostat ascertain when the engine is getting heated and requires to be cooled. Then the water pump pulls the coolant from the radiator, sending it in to the engine block and backing out to the radiator for cooling down. See that the coolant is below the maximum mark and above the minimum mark. When you are traveling and you noticed that your engine is getting heated, but you know there is enough coolant, better to take your car to the mechanic and get the cooling system checked. The cast for getting the coolant checked and replaced is far less than the damage to the engine when it gets heated up.
3) Changing engine oil regularly
One of the important things you can do for car’s engine is changing engine oil regularly. Oil helps in keeping the engine parts lubricated, thus preventing it from overheating. Engine will not function without oil and if you are going too long without changing oil, it can cause severe and permanent damage to the engine.
Changing the oil varies from car to car, but suggestions are to change the oil every 5000 miles (8,047 km). Some engines need soon oil change and some engines can go longer. See to it that what your car manufacturer suggest about the oil changes. Moreover, the oil filters should also be replaced. The dirt and debris that is floating around your engine is caught by oil filter and is kept from circulating back to the engine. Your engine will run smoothly when changing oil and replacing filters are done regularly, thus keeping all the parts of engine cool and lubricated.
4) Filling your fuel tank before it gets too low
There are certain amounts of sediments in gasoline that settles at the bottom of the fuel tank. After driving for many years and many fill ups, there may be fair amount of junk at the bottom of the fuel tank, but fuel filter will catch all these dirt and keep it away from the engine. Still, if you are consistently driving when fuel in the tank is low, then you are likely to pull all the extra junk that is settled at the bottom of the fuel tank, thus entering in the engine causing internal damage. So, always make sure that you are not running the car when the fuel tank is empty.
5) Avoiding sudden starts and stops
Sudden starts and stops are hard on the car’s engine. This often happens when there is a lot of traffic. Better to stick to a highway that will keep your speed at consistent level. The more starts and stops, the more engine has to work.