The Engine is the heart of the car as it keeps the car and other parts of the car working. Therefore, the need to keep it healthy for optimum performance cannot be overemphasized. The Engine is also the most expensive part of the car to replace, so its economically important to be healthy too. Although most of us overlook the engine and just go ahead driving the car until we hear it make noise before we check, there are many basic checks that can be done to keep the engine safe, thereby preventing the expenses and troubles that will come with a faulty one.
Oil Changing – this is probably the most important method used in keeping the Engine healthy. There is need to check the Oil in the engine regularly and replace when necessary as the oil helps in keeping the engine parts lubricated and preventing over-heating of the engine. Many car manufacturers suggest that the car oil should be changed every 5000 Miles, but there is still the need to check regularly due to leaks that may occur and render this advice invaluable. Changing the oil alone doesn’t do justice to the engines health, the oil filter – a part of the car that catches all the dirt and debris floating around inside of your engine and keeps the junk from circulating back through engine – should also be changed. Changing the Oil and filter of the car will keep it working at optimum level
Keeping your cooling system Working – Because of the work being done by the engine, it produces large amount of heat which needs to be managed else leading to failure. That’s why there is the cooling system which consists of the radiator, thermostat, water pump and coolant. The Engine can be cooled with the use of coolant and water which is inserted into the car radiator which is then pumped to the engine after the thermostat determines an increase in heat. Therefore, there is a need to check their level of the coolant regularly.
Fuel your car before it gets low - Your car fuel has a certain amount of sediment in it that settles to the bottom of your gas tank. After years of driving around and many fill-ups, there can actually be a fair amount of junk at the bottom of your fuel tank. Your fuel filter will catch a lot of this sediment and keep it out of your car's fuel lines and your engine. However, if you consistently run your car all the way down to empty, you're pulling from the bottom-of-the-barrel and all the extra junk that's accumulated there. If the sediment gets through the fuel filter (some of it can) it can get into the engine and cause internal damage. It puts debris in areas where it shouldn't be and causes your fuel system and other parts of your engine to work harder. Some people recommend keeping a half-tank of fuel at all times. You may not want to fill-up that often, but make sure that you're not running the gas all the way down to empty. Your engine will thank you for it.
Change Your Fuel filter – Because of the sediments mentioned above in the car fuel, there is need to change the fuel filter regularly as after a long time of preventing dirt from the engine it may be clogged. A new fuel filter will keep the fuel flowing into your engine clean. Your engine will have less build-up inside of it and will last longer if it's not working as hard to burn the fuel it's getting.
Make sure the Belt is Intact – The Engine has a belt in it that runs most of the vital components in the car which include running the fan, water pump, alternator and air conditioner. Anytime your engine is on the belt is running, however if it’s not running it may lead to damage. Because they are always running, the engine belts are susceptible to cracks and eventual failure. Check regularly for any cracks so as to prevent its failure while the engine is running.
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