If you’re like me, then you probably would’ve never checked your engine after you have purchased your car. But thankfully, it has only been a while since I got mine.
This is usually the case with most car owners and, there’s no need for me to say this but, this is extremely harmful to the engine as well as the car. Most of us only realize that our engines are off when we hear something odd.
In this article, we’ll discuss a few ways through which you can protect your engine.
1. Oil changes
Oil changes are vital, and it keeps all the essential parts of the engine well lubed. It is critical to do so because oiling the engine will reduce the changes of the engine overheating and in turn, cause damage to the engine. Each car will have its own specification as to when you’d have to change the oil. On average, you need to change every 8000km. This figure will vary from engine to engine. In order to be sure, inquire with your car’s manufacturer to get the best picture.
Air is as essential to the functioning of a vehicle as fuel, and because of this, a constant flow of air into the car’s engine is mandatory. You also need to check the air filters as they often get clogged from all the accumulated dust. If it is clogged, you need to replace them immediately. How frequently the filters get clogged depends on the conditions of the road as well as how you drive. But in actuality, a filter is supposed to last for a very long time, and in the event of the filter getting clogged, it can let in a lot of junk that is unwanted.
3. Fuel Tank
Your fuel tank, after a certain amount of time, will have sediments left by gasoline at the bottom. Although the fuel filter can remove most of the particles, it won’t be of any help if you use up all the fuel, all the way down to zero as in the end, the sediments will be getting used up. This can be extremely harmful as these particles can cause vast amounts of damage to the engine. Some people insist on refueling when the tank is only half-empty. This isn’t required, but you should most definitely not let the fuel be entirely used up.
Leaks can be spotted or smelled at any time. The most common culprits when it comes to leaks are oil and antifreeze. This is usually because of the excess heat produced by the engine which, in turn, melts the rubber hoses connected.