Know how you can make your Car Engine run Smooth

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Know how you can make your Car Engine run Smooth

No matter how old your car is, you’ll want to be diligent about maintenance to ensure it continues to perform properly. Simply put, there is no way for a vehicle to perform optimally if you’re not willing to put in the time and money to keep it well maintained.

Neglecting your vehicle maintenance is a surefire way to harm your vehicle’s performance and will eventually make it necessary to undergo expensive repairs. Worse still, not staying up to date on your vehicle maintenance could eventually destroy your engine and potentially force you to replace the car altogether.

Luckily, it isn’t all that difficult to keep your engine running smoothly, and all you need to do is make sure you undertake all of the following maintenance tasks as necessary.

Change Your Oil and Oil Filter Regularly

Oil helps to keep your engine’s components lubricated and protect them from damage due to heat and friction. However, oil tends to lose some of its lubricating properties as it gets dirty, and not changing your oil regularly can eventually damage engine components or ruin the engine altogether.

Similarly, the oil filter helps to keep particles from damaging the components. Over time, the filter will eventually become too dirty to do its job properly, which means you’ll also need to change the filter occasionally.

The old rule of thumb was that you should change your oil and oil filter every 3,000 to 4,000 miles, but many newer vehicles can go far longer between oil changes. For this reason, it is best to consult your owner’s manual and follow the recommended oil change schedule.

Check Your Tire Pressure

Keeping your tires inflated to the proper pressure is essential to keep your vehicle running smoothly and also to keeping your vehicle safe. Under-inflated tires can dramatically lower your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, while over-inflated tires run the risk of a dangerous blowout.

Therefore, it is recommended that you check your tire pressure at least once a month and always inflate your tires to the recommended pressure.

Make Sure Your Air Filter Isn’t Clogged

Your engine requires a constant flow of fresh air to perform optimally, and the air filter is a critical component that filters out the air to ensure particles don’t damage your engine. Over time, the air filter will eventually start to become clogged, which restricts the amount of air that flows into the engine and thus harms its performance.

This means you’ll want to regularly check your air filter and replace it whenever it starts to look dirty.

Check Your Fluid Levels

Oil isn’t the only important fluid your vehicle relies on for optimal performance. Coolant, transmission fluid, brake fluid and power steering fluid are all essential for keeping your vehicle running smoothly and safely. Therefore, you’ll also want to regularly check the levels of these fluids and make sure to top them up as necessary.

The majority of fluids are fairly simple to check, and you can find how-to guides that can show you exactly how to check each type of fluid.

Replace Your Fuel Filter

As with your oil and air filters, the fuel filter helps to filter out impurities from your fuel to ensure that they don’t damage your engine. Just like these other filters, the fuel filter will eventually start to become dirty and clogged. When the fuel filter is dirty, it restricts the amount of fuel that flows into the engine and can thus harm its performance.

At the same time, a dirty fuel filter also won’t be able to filter out impurities as easily, and these impurities could end up damaging your engine and degrading its performance.

Replacing your fuel filter regularly is one of the easiest ways to keep your engine running smoothly and will also help to prevent damage.

Check Your Spark Plugs and Spark-Plug Wires

If your vehicle is equipped with spark plugs, you’ll also want to occasionally change out the spark plugs and spark plug wires. Replacing your spark plugs can improve your engine’s performance and also its fuel efficiency, while changing the spark plug wires can help to avoid performance issues like misfires.

Luckily, spark plugs don’t need to be changed all that often, and you can usually drive around 100,000 miles in between changes.

Flush Your Coolant System

Your vehicle’s coolant system helps to protect the engine against extreme temperatures and can prevent overheating. Unfortunately, the coolant system will eventually become contaminated with corrosion and other particles, and these contaminants could potentially clog the thermostat or radiator and thus cause the vehicle to overheat.

Therefore, it is recommended that you have your coolant system flushed every year or two to ensure the system is clean and avoid any potential issues.

Flush All of Your Fluids

In addition to flushing your coolant system, it is recommended that you also occasionally flush out all of the other fluids to help keep your vehicle performing at its best.

Most experts recommend flushing your brake fluid at least once a year, and you’ll also want to occasionally have your power steering fluid and differential fluid flushed.

Change Your Transmission Fluid and Filters

Your transmission is one of the most complicated parts of the vehicle, and like many other systems, the transmission relies on a steady supply of clean transmission fluid to perform optimally. Similarly, the transmission filter needs to be clean in order to properly filter out any particles to prevent damage to the transmission. For this reason, most manufacturers recommended that you have your transmission flushed and change the transmission fluid and filter every 30,000 to 50,000 miles.

No matter how diligent you are about your vehicle maintenance, the various components will begin to wear out over time and will eventually need to be repaired or replaced. However, you can still work to prolong the life of your vehicle and hopefully avoid or at least put off the need for expensive repairs by being diligent and making sure to undertake all of the necessary maintenance tasks.

Keeping your vehicle performing optimally and running smoothly isn’t all that difficult, but it does require that you pay attention and make sure not to neglect your vehicle maintenance.

Helen Cartwright

Helen Cartwright

She is interested in the trends of the digital marketing world and constantly research and analyse the field to broaden my knowledge. As an online marketing strategist. Her articles provide information on how online organisations can greatly increase their customer base and presence online, taking advantage of the benefits of the digital media world.
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