If you’ve just purchased a car, you probably want to do everything in your power to keep that new-car feel for as long as possible. One way to do this is to protect your engine. By performing a few procedures and taking precautions, you’ll be able to extend the life of your car for years to come.
Get a Regular Oil Change
Changing your oil is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to help your engine last longer. Experts recommend that you change your oil about every 5,000 miles to prevent permanent damage to your car.
Check for Leaks
It doesn’t take a mechanical genius to check for leaks in your car. If you ever start smelling a pungent odor, the first thing you should do is check under your hood to make sure no fluids are leaking from the engine. Also, do a check of the pavement beneath your car for fluids dripping down.
Keep Your Gas Tank Full
Whenever you fill up your tank, there’s some sediment and debris mixed in with the gas. This sediment typically settles at the bottom of your tank. While filters prevent this gunk from making it into your engine, they’re not enough for stopping the years of gunk that you can accumulate if you frequently drive on a low tank.
Get Service When Your Lights Come On
You might be tempted to simply ignore it when the warning lights appear on your dashboard. However, if you want to keep your engine in tip-top shape, this is a bad idea. Always stop by the dealer to get a thorough inspection when this happens.
Replace Your Fuel Filter
Fuel filters are essential for stopping harmful gas debris from making it into your engine. Over time, they wear down and become less efficient. Always make sure you have a clean filter so that your engine stays sparkling-clean.
Replace Your Air Filter
Your car needs air to keep it cool and to run efficiently. If your air filter is clogged, it won’t be able to receive this air and may break down. These filters often get clogged with dirt and bugs, so do a quick check whenever you change your oil to make sure it still looks clean enough.
Avoid City Driving
This may be impossible to do, especially if you live in a city. However, if possible, try to avoid starting and stopping frequently. Cars run best at a continuous speed, and city driving puts more wear on engines.
Schedule Regular Tune-Ups
Never shirk your regular maintenance check. These should typically be done about every 60,000 to 90,000 miles to check for any major problems. A certified mechanic might also inspect your air filter and spark plugs and clean the throttle body.
Ready to schedule a maintenance appointment? Give Randall Noe Used Car Supercenter a call. We can take care of the vehicle as well as answer any questions you might have about extending the life of your engine.