You love your vehicle. You wash it, maintain it, change its oil, and make its payments. But did you know that proper engine maintenance can increase your vehicle’s life by up to double? We have created a list of the most crucial engine maintenance tips to keep your engine healthy and running at its best.
Filters, Filters, Filters!
We put this as the first item on our list because it’s really that important. Your filters allow air and fluid flow through your engine and other systems without letting in debris that could cause harm to your vehicle. When these filters are clogged, they don’t allow proper flow which chokes your engine and deprives it of the fuel, lubricant, or air that it needs to work. Keeping your fuel, air, and oil filters changed regularly helps your engine work less and can extend its life by years.
Change Your Spark Plugs
Typically, your spark plugs are changed in a regular tune-up service. However, if you change your oil and filters yourself, you should be aware of when it’s time to change your spark plugs. These plugs are directly related to your engines starting and acceleration power through the electric spark they provide. Replacing your spark plugs on time will help your engine maintain proper combustion which keeps it running smoother and with better gas mileage as well.
Maintain Fluid Levels
Your vehicle cannot run without the proper fluids which deliver important benefits to the mechanics of the engine. The oil in your car works as a lubricant for your engine, resisting any wear or deterioration from friction and high heat. Similarly, the coolant system in your car provides a cooling system for your engine that keeps it from reaching degrading temperatures. When your vehicle is operating on too little fluid, the right amount of protection isn’t offered and your engine can begin to deteriorate earlier than it should. Keeping your fluids at optimal levels helps your engine operate seamlessly and resist breakdown.
Your vehicle is the second biggest investment you will ever make. Ensure it lasts as long as it should by keeping your engine healthy and running efficiently. For more tips on how to maintain your vehicle properly, or if you need engine maintenance, call the Westside Tire and Automotive professionals at 201-433-5123 today.