Simple tips to ensure proper maintenance of your car’s engine
Few things are more unpleasant in the car than a lousy engine. And until electric vehicles take complete control of our roads, we will continue to have to do with conventional cars, the kind that runs on fossil fuels. Due to the complexity of their powertrains, they require maintenance so that they do their job correctly.
The engine is the heart of the car, and it must run smoothly to keep it going. It is of no use if we do not do our part, which is why we leave you below a series of valuable tips that will help your precious mechanical organ not abandon you Either in a garage or in the middle of nowhere. And they are not things that are going to cost you a long time, no more than half an hour in the worst case.
Check the oil level and check the filter.
The engine oil meets many functions: lubricates moving parts, helps to act as a sealant against dirt, cools the block, reduces wear, and helps prevent corrosion, so keeping it clean is vital for good motor health. Depending on the car and the type of oil you use, you may need to change both the oil and its filter every three months or 5,000 kilometers, although it is best to consult your owner’s manual and a professional for exact details.
Checking oil level? Make double sure the car is on level ground, and the engine is warm but not started. Get the dipstick, usually located somewhere near the oil cap and yellow. Take it out, clean it with a piece of paper, put it back in, and wait a few seconds. Take it out again and check the oil level, which should be between the “MIN” and “MAX” marks. If it is close to the minimum, you will have to fill it with one of precisely the same viscosity.
Check the coolant level.
If the engine overheats, repairs can be costly, so, along with oil, coolant is one of the most critical fluids used by a car engine. Metals and alloys, which a machine is made of, are not usually excellent friends with heat. Ensure that the engine is cold when checking because if it is running or hot, some of the coolants that circulate through the system could be thrown towards your face for free.
The coolant reservoir is permanently installed in the engine compartment and is usually graduated. The level should indicate between “MIN” and “MAX,” and if it is too low, fill it up as soon as you can. Don’t just pour in coolant and mix it with distilled water. A 1: 1 ratio is ideal, but if you live in an area where temperatures drop well below freezing, adding 60-70% coolant and 40-30% distilled water may be a better idea; you will not damage any component.
Check the fuel level.
Both gasoline and diesel contain sediments that settle to the bottom of the fuel tank. After years of use, a layer of debris is created that should not reach the engine. Don’t rush the tank level and save yourself the fuel filter and pump repair/replacement cost.
Check the accessory strap.
All vehicles have at least one accessory strap, while some may have two. These rubber belts power various peripheral devices, including the alternator, power steering pump, water pump, or air conditioning compressor. When they are about to break, you will hear screeching in the engine compartment when driving, but always good to check even if they are not complaining. The easiest thing to see is for signs of wear, such as cracks or cracks.
Check the air filter.
Like a human being, the engine needs clean air to function correctly, and all cars have at least one filter to make sure debris doesn’t get into their internal parts. Accessing this filter may be more difficult for some vehicles, but a quick internet search will show you how to do it with ease. In more modern cars, it is usually housed inside a plastic casing with staples or screws. Remove said cover, and if you see the filter very dirty, change it for a brand new one.
Respect the heating times and do not be abrupt
Thrusters are designed to run at a constant speed, which is when they work best. Too much variation in the revolutions tires you out, and this takes its toll, especially when they are still cold. Driving in a city where you constantly move and stop is very hard on the engine. Try not to accelerate too sharply and play with inertia and engine braking if you find yourself going to downshift again. When the engine is warm, you can already allow yourself to give it a little more joy.
All of these checks should keep your engine in top health and save money on repairs, parts replacement, and maintenance. Think that the machine is the most expensive and complex part of the car, so if it is well cared for, it will likely return the favor by never (or almost) complaining.