The engine is the lifeline of your car. A functional, healthy vehicle needs an engine in perfect working condition. To keep your engine in tip-top shape, regular maintenance is essential.
Proper maintenance reduces your repair expenses at auto body shops and auto repair centers, improves your vehicle’s performance and extends the lifespan of your engine. Oil is your engine’s lifeblood as it lubricates its moving parts and prevents friction.
Parker Automotive notes that you should change your oil every three months or after clocking 3,000 miles. You might need more frequent changing if you drive on dusty roads or tow a truck. Here are some other tips for maintaining your vehicle’s engine.
1. Ensure You Have Enough Coolant
The burning of fuel inside your engine generates a lot of heat, and a coolant is hence essential. Low coolant levels typically caused by leaks can cause overheating of the engine which leads to serious complications. Regularly check the levels of your coolant to ensure it is enough and check for leaks.
2. Change Your Air Filters Regularly
Air filters prevent debris and dust from clogging the engine. Dirty air filters, however, allow dirt and debris into your engine which accelerates its wear and tear. Experts recommend changing your air filter after 15,000–20,000 miles and more frequently if your drive on dusty and not tarmacked roads.
3. Replace Dilapidated Drive Belts
Drive belts connect to your engine and run the air-con compressor, alternator and any other accessories attached to the engine. These belts wear out over time and break hence disabling your engine.
The first sign of a worn-out belt is a squeaking noise. The belt should be checked during oil changes and promptly replaced if need be.
The lack of engine power might indicate the need for a tuneup. This involves changing or cleaning your air filter, spark plugs, PCV valves, fuel injection system or engine throttle body. An engine tuneup is ideal after every 60,000–90,000 miles even if you detect no issues.