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Tips On How to Maintain Your Engine

Here, we review some tips for maintaining your car engine. Proper maintenance helps to keep the motor reliable and the car ready for daily use.

A man is cleaning his car engine with a rag.

Though clearly important all year round, extreme summer and winter temperatures both place extra stress on the cooling and antifreeze system. Overheating can be avoided by maintaining an adequate liquid level in the system reservoir, usually a medium-sized white plastic structure that is fitted with a black cap. The system is pressurised when hot, so the cap should be removed with care – and only when the system is cool. Checking that the level of antifreeze is correct (as observed between the limit marks) is straightforward and reduces the incidence of defects.

To prolong engine life and prevent problems, good lubrication is essential. Regular oil checks are advisable with tank fill ups – or at least once a month. The owner’s manual will explain where the dipstick is located; first, it must be removed and wiped clean, then reinserted and removed again to confirm the current level correctly.

The choice of mineral (i.e. standard) or synthetic oil has a marked effect on engine performance and service life. Advisable in newer cars, turbocharged engines or in cold countries, synthetic oil lasts longer and does not thicken at freezing temperatures. It also withstands higher temperatures. Conversely, in high mileage engines and older vehicles, mineral oil may be better as it tends to ward off oil leaks which might result from less viscous synthetic oil.

Regular oil changes ensure that the internal parts are kept well lubricated. In particular, the recommended service and oil change intervals should not be exceeded; as oil deteriorates, it can build up unseen sludge and cause excessive mechanical wear.

The secret of successful maintenance is not to spend as little money as possible, but to spend it wisely and when due. Modern cars require an engine tune up which includes air filter, spark plug and lead changes. To maintain performance, older cars may also require distributor cap and rotor changes, as well as fuel filter replacement and cleaning of the engine throttle body. If fitted, fuel injectors require flushing at high mileage intervals.

It is a false economy not to have the timing belt (or chain) changed at recommended intervals. If a belt fails while the engine is running, considerable damage is likely. The typical recommended interval for cam belt changes is every 60,000 to 100, 000 miles (or 100,000 to 160,000 kilometres) – or before if a belt is excessively worn or soaked in oil.

Most vehicle owners are well aware that it is essential to monitor warning lights and take prompt action, should they illuminate. Red lights such as the low oil pressure warning indicator require immediate attention.

In summary, making time for a regular user maintenance routine will help to keep an engine in best condition and extend its service life. In conjunction with vehicle servicing at regular intervals, reliability will be maximised and costs reduced over the long term.

4 Ways to Keep Your Van’s Engine in Tip Top Shape

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There are many benefits that you get when you perform regular maintenance of your van’s engine. One, it makes it last longer. Secondly, it’s cheaper in the long run. By regularly carrying out preventive maintenance of your van’s engine, you save a lot of money you would have spent in repairing the engine when it breaks down. Here are some of the maintenance tips meant to help keep your engine in good shape for a long time and save you money for repairs.


Changing Oil Regularly

Engine oil becomes dirty over time. This causes it to lose viscosity which is necessary for keeping the engine from the effects of wear and tear. To prevent this from occurring, it is important that you change the engine oil regularly so that it does not get dirtied. Usually, manufacturers haves specific guidelines on when and how you should change the oil. However, it is advisable that you change the oil ahead of the time recommended by manufacturers.

Maintenance of the Transmission

To replace or repair a faulty or damaged transmission, you need hundreds, or even thousands of pounds. Yet most of the problems that the transmission often faces can be prevented easily with proper maintenance. This maintenance is not complicated. It involves periodically checking of the level of the transmission fluid when the van is running to make sure it is always at the correct level. After every 3,000 miles of running, make sure you change the filter of the transmission fluid and the fluid itself.

Regular Changing of the Air Filter

Once the van goes for around 10,000 miles, replace the air filter. This will keep away dirt and other unwanted materials from the engine, thus helping it keep operating at maximum efficiency.

Regular Change of Fuel Filters

Build-up of moisture in the engine can often have negative consequences. You should always have the fuel filter changed regularly to prevent this debilitating build-up.