Car Engines Cost THOUSANDS To Repair And Replace: Here’s How To Look After Yours
Car engines are intricate and sensitive things. They’re essentially the car’s equivalent of a heart, keeping everything else working. Should something go wrong, you could face eye-watering repair bills. Here’s how to look after yours and keep it running smoothly…
It’s All About Regular Oil Checks
If car engines are the beating hearts of vehicles, oil is the ‘blood.’ Your engine is full of elaborate and complicated parts that are constantly moving when in use. It’s essential that they’re all properly lubricated to prevent wear and tear. This is why you should regularly check your oil levels and change them every three or so months (or for every 3,000 miles travelled, whatever comes first). However, if you only ever take short journeys you should make your checks even more regular; this is because your engine won’t have sufficient time to properly warm up.
Keep Things Cool, Don’t Let It Overheat
The absolute worst thing that can happen to car engines is overheating. An overheated car engine can become irreparably damaged. In this case, the cost of a new one could actually outweigh the value of the car itself; meaning a practical write-off. To avoid overheating, engines use coolant systems that rely on, you guessed it, coolant; make sure to regularly check your coolant levels. In the event of a leak, heating is inevitable. Check under your car for any sign of leakage and get your car checked at the first sign of overheating.
Regular Service And Maintenance
Whilst driving, you might suddenly realise that your car feels sluggish or that it lacks power. This could be a sign that your engine is worse for wear. It makes sense, in this instance, to get a tune up. A mechanic will be able to investigate and clean up your air filter, spark plugs and throttle body. They may also have to clean the likes of valves and the fuel injection system. Just because your engine works, doesn’t mean its working at full capacity. If in doubt, take a visit to your local garage.
Look After The Air Filter
As you might expect, car engines can get loaded down with dust and debris over time. This is where the air filter comes into play. It works to prevent them loading down your engine and clogging it up. However, if your air filter becomes too dirty itself it won’t be able to function properly. You should replace your filter at regular intervals, as per your driver’s manual’s instructions. Typically, this will be around every 15,000 to 20,000 miles travelled; although travelling on dirty and dusty roads could make the interval shorter.
Keep An Eye On The Drive Belt
The drive belt, as the name suggests, drives the air-con suppressor and any other accessories your car’s engine might have. It’s connected to the alternator. Whilst some cars just have one belt, some will have several. Because of the friction they face, drive belts can wear out and, sometimes, even snap. This will essentially disable your engine; something you don’t want to happen whilst cruising down the M1. Once worn, they may produce a squeaking or dragging sound; which is the first sign you should investigate and / or replace it.
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