5 Secrets to Longer Car Engine Life

Car engines are complex machines that require regular maintenance to keep running smoothly. The engine oil is an essential part of the car’s lubrication system and helps reduce friction between moving parts. It also protects against corrosion and keeps the engine clean.

Oil is a vital component of the engine and its life depends on the quality of the oil. If the oil is old, dirty, or contaminated, it will cause damage to the engine and shorten its lifespan.

The following tips can help you maintain your vehicle’s engine for longer:

1) Change Oil Every 3 Months

Changing the oil in your vehicle every three months is important because this prevents wear and tear on the engine components. This includes pistons, valves, bearings, rings, etc. Changing the oil at least once per year ensures maximum protection from contaminants such as dirt particles, water, metal shavings, and other debris which could clog up the engine.

2) Use Quality Motor Oils

Using high-quality motor oils with low viscosity, anti-wear additives, detergents, dispersants, antioxidants, and rust inhibitors will ensure optimum performance and protect the engine from premature breakdown. These products should be used regularly according to manufacturer recommendations.

3) Keep Your Coolant Clean

Keeping coolant clean reduces the risk of overheating and boiling over. Overheated coolant causes severe damage to internal engine components like piston heads, cylinder walls, valve seats, exhaust manifolds, intake ports, camshaft lobes, rockers, lifters, pushrods, connecting rod ends, crankshaft journals, main bearing caps, head bolts, gaskets, timing chain guides, etc.

4) Check For Leaks And Replace As Needed

Checking for leaks around all hoses and seals before driving is very important. A leaky hose may not seem like much but if left unattended, it can lead to serious problems including loss of power, increased fuel consumption, poor gas mileage, and even engine failure. Hose replacement costs vary depending on where they need replacing. You can check out our article here about how to replace a leaking radiator hose.

5) Get Regular Maintenance From An Auto Repair Shop

Regular maintenance checks by qualified technicians who know what they’re doing will extend the life of your vehicle. They’ll inspect the entire engine and make sure everything works properly. In addition, they’ll change air filters, add new spark plugs, adjust idle speed, perform tune-ups, flush cooling systems, remove carbon deposits, repair worn belts, tighten loose nuts/bolts, replace faulty ignition coils, install new windshield wipers, replace brake pads, replace tires, etc. 

Your vehicle may require an oil change every 3,000 miles or 6 months, whichever comes first. Our mechanics at Davies Auto Care are trained to perform routine maintenance services on your vehicle. If your vehicle requires additional work, we’ll schedule an appointment for you. Schedule an appointment online or call us today to get your car back on the road!