Maintaining your car with our Top Tips for 2014
We all know that the engine is just as important to a car as the heart is to the body. Because it is a finely tuned piece of machinery it is important that you follow these steps to make sure your car lasts for years. Although it’s the most important thing, engine maintenance is the one thing that is neglected by everybody when they undertake maintenance on their cars. WHY?! Would you like buying a new car every year? Because to be honest I don’t! Here are some helpful engine maintenance ideas that will not only grow car the life span of your but help the performance of your car and keep cost down from a hefty engine bill.
Regular Oil Change
This is the most important step to keep your engine going and is a MUST FOLLOW tip. Oil is the metaphorical blood of your car. If you had no blood in your body you wouldn’t run. It’s the same for your car, if you don’t put oil in the car, it won’t run! The oil keeps engine parts running properly and stops engine damage. Most manuals tell you to change your oil every 7,500 miles. But professionals recommend you change the oil 3,000 miles. This will definitely increase the life of your engine and is good for maintaining your car.
To check your oil you should, let your car run down for a few minutes. Make sure you are parked on level ground and turn the engine off. Open the bonnet and grab the dip stick. And judge whether you have enough oil in. If you don’t, fill it up as soon as you can.
Avoid Rough Driving
While maintaining your car you should avoid driving your car like you are Lewis Hamilton because you’re not Lewis Hamilton. (Unless you are Lewis Hamilton, then carry on). The reason why is that its extra wear and tear on your engine. If you are racing at max speed everywhere you are putting extra strain on your engine. To change this you ought to adopt a engine friendly driving habits like using proper speed-gear combination and avoid overheating of the engine.
Maintaining Fluid Levels
The cooling system makes sure that the engine temperature is stable and stops the car from overheating. This will make it essential that the the fluid level is looked at on a regular basis. And if low it must be refilled..
Listen to your car
As silly as it sounds you ought to keep an eye on the performance for all the components of your car. This will make you aware of any unusual feelings. Even something so small as a spark plug or something retelling will extend the life of your engine.
You should follow the service schedule recommended by the company. The service includes checking all the essential areas of the engine, when there is a problem, you can get it fixed. If not your car will get a good clean.
Guest Post By: Jamie Doutt