Ways To Proactively Protect Your Engine
Change the oil regularly
One of the essential things you can do to protect your engine is changing the oil frequently. Oil is needed to keep the crucial parts of the engine well lubricated to prevent overheating. The engine will fail to function correctly without oil, and if it operates too long without oil, it can lead to permanent damage in the engine over time.
Keep the cooling system working
The cooling system includes the water pump, thermostat, coolant, and radiator. The simplest way to protect your engine from overheating is by making sure you have sufficient and proper amount of coolant or radiator fluid circulating throughout the engine.
Keep the engine breathing
Just like we need air to breathe, cars need a constant supply air as well. Aside from fuel, the next critical ingredient needed to keep the engine running is air. The supply of air is required to coming into the engine directly and continuously without any restriction or debris.
Check for leaks
You do not need to be a mechanic to spot a leak. Sometimes even if you can’t see it, you can smell it. Remember that oil and antifreeze are the two main fluids you want to ensure aren’t leaking out of the engine.
Fill up your gas tank before it gets too low
Gasoline will have a certain amount of sediment which settles at the bottom of the gas tank. Years of driving and filling up can accumulate a fair amount of junk at the bottom of the tank. The fuel filter will catch a lot of these sediments. If you consistently run the car at near empty, you are sucking all the accumulated junk at the tank which can easily cause internal damage for the engine.
Keep your belts on
The rubber belt on the engine runs all sorts of vital components such as running the fan, alternator, water pump and air conditioner. It varies from car to car. Such engine belts typically last a long time but eventually due to wear and tear it will display signs of crack and breakage. Remember to check your belts by flipping them over to observe any visible cracks in them. A squealing or spinning belt can indicate its need to be replaced or removed.
Follow up when automotive warning lights appear
The check engine light along with other warning lights can appear for many reasons. Most of the time it does not indicate any serious issue, but you will not know until you get check it out.
Replace fuel filter
The fuel filter protects the engine from harmful particles and sediments present in the gas. It is vital for the smooth running of the engine.
Change spark plugs and wires
A simple way of extending your engine expectancy is by changing the spark plugs and wires every 30,000 miles.