If a car is not properly maintained, things may go wrong at the worst possible time. And then you will have no one to blame except for yourself.
You should look after your car’s engine so that you would have good driving experience. As well you should do some regular maintenance, which would prevent you from having to spend a fortune on solving big cars problems later. Engines need to be looked after.
Change The Engine Oil Regularly
Changing the oil at the right intervals is one of the most important things you can do for your engine. If you decide that it’s too much for you to keep up with all of this list to protect your engine make sure you do at least this one. And if not by yourself, then in the shop. Oil kept vital engine parts well lubricated and cooled as much as possible so that they won’t overheat. Your engine can’t function without it, and if you go too long between oil changes, it can cause permanent damage to your engine over time.
Changing of oil goes with you changing the oil filter. The oil filter catches all the dirt and debris floating around inside of your engine and keeps the junk from circulating back through the engine. With a new filter and new oil, your engine will run smoothly, and most importantly, it’ll keep all the internal parts of the engine cool and well lubricated.
Check the cooling system
The cooling system includes the radiator, thermostat, water pump and coolant fluid. The easiest way to protect your engine from overheating is by making sure you have the proper amount of coolant (radiator fluid) circulating throughout your engine.
The coolant circulates through your engine when the thermostat determines that the engine is getting hot and needs to be cooled down. The water pump then pulls coolant from the radiator, sends it into the engine block and then back out to the radiator to be cooled back down. To check the coolant level, lift the hood and look at your coolant tank. It’s a clear tank with a green or orange colored liquid in it. Make sure the coolant is above the minimum mark but below the maximum target.
If you notice that your car is overheating and you know that there’s enough coolant, take your car to a mechanic and have them run a cooling system check. The cost to find and replace a problem with the cooling system ahead of time will far outweigh the damage done to your engine if it ever overheats.
Check for any leaks
Intense heat and pressure will eventually cause engine hoses to fail. Rubber engine hoses that are old and cracked can leak antifreeze or other fluids that your engine requires. Other areas that often leak are where two parts join together with a rubber seal and silicon. Over time, these seals can break down and allow oil or other fluids to leak out of the engine or cause them to leak fluid into the wrong areas of the engine.
It’s a good idea to check under your hood to see if you see or smell anything leaking from the engine. When you park your car, occasionally check under the car to see if anything is leaking onto the pavement below. If you can stay ahead of a minor leak and have it taken care of before it turns into a major problem you could save yourself a big headache later on.
Never allow your gas tank dry empty
Gasoline has a certain amount of sediment in it that settles to the bottom of your gas tank. After years of driving around and many fill-ups, there can be a fair amount of junk at the bottom of your fuel tank. Your fuel filter will catch a lot of this sediment and keep it out of your car’s fuel lines and your engine. However, if you consistently run your car all the way down to empty, you’re pulling from the bottom-of-the-barrel and all the extra junk that’s accumulated there. Please make sure that you’re not running the gas all the way down to empty. Fill it up.
Fix all warning light issues once they come on
This may seem like an obvious one, but if you neglect to get your car checked when any of the automotive warning lights come on you could be ignoring a serious problem. The check engine light and other warning lights can come on for many reasons. They can warn about problems with the alternator, battery, engine temperature or other areas surrounding the engine that are monitored. To protect your engine, either run a diagnostics check when the light comes on and then fix the problem yourself, or take it to a mechanic so they can run the test and perform the work. If you wait too long after the light comes on you could allow a small problem to develop into a big one.
I believe if u apply this few tips things will get better with your engine and your car in general.
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