A Beginner’s Guide to Engine Care
An engine is the heart of any vehicle and if you want to keep your car running for a long time, you need to know how to properly take care of your engine. Without proper engine care, it will not last as long as it was designed to. It can even cause numerous and serious problems that can send your car to the junkyard early.
Keep in mind that engine care starts with you. Tremont Auto Service Repair provides exceptional auto service repair in Peabody, Massachusetts. To know some tips in maintaining your vehicle, read through below.
Keeping an eye on your fluids is important. There are several kinds of fluids in your vehicle to pay attention to such as its oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, and coolant. Most of your fluids do not have to be changed all the time. For example, you will only need to replace your brake fluid and power steering fluid maybe once every three years. However, it is important to replace your oil every three to six months depending on the oil you used or at roughly 7500 miles that your car has run.
The timing is very important. It controls the combustion cycle and is controlled either by a chain or a belt. This is a maintenance part that most people do not have to worry about because you only have to replace it once every 100,000 miles. But if you purchase a second hand car, you need to consider replacing the timing belt and related components just to be safe. If your timing belt snaps, it could blow up the engine. This is a relatively affordable service for your car but it can be significant to preserve your safety.
- Fuel System
You want to replace your fuel filter around every 100,000 miles. Most people will not have to worry about this, but if you notice that your car stalls or runs roughly, then it could be because of a dirty or worn filter. These filters are extremely affordable. Depending on your vehicle, they can be replaced in a manner of minutes. You will want to clean or replace your injectors at this point as well.
Another component of your engine to keep an eye on is the part(s) that produces a spark. Depending on your car’s make and model, you may have either a distributor or coil packs. These provide the power the spark plugs need to create a spark. Typically, you do not have to worry about these parts often but you do have to replace your spark plugs every 80,000 to 100,000 miles. For diesel vehicles, you will have glow plugs.
That is the basics on engine care. If you would like to find out more about properly maintaining your engine, please visit our website at www.tremontautoservice.com or drop by at our auto service center.