15 Oct Top 4 Ways to Prolong the Life of Your Engine
Without a doubt, your car’s engine is one of the most vital components of your vehicle. After all, without it, you can’t get from point A to point B. Engines are also extremely complex and costly to repair, which is why taking care of your engine is so important. Not sure where to begin when it comes to prolonging the life of your engine? We’ve got some practical tips that you can implement today to make an immediate difference.
1. Lighten the Load
Start by avoiding any unnecessary wear and tear on your engine that can be caused by overloading. Even taking the time to clean gear and other bulky items out of your car that you may have been hauling around for awhile can lighten the load on your engine and help it run more smoothly. Meanwhile, despite the towing capacity and/or payload of your vehicle, it’s best to avoid extensive towing and hauling except for in situations that absolutely require it.
2. Mind Those Pedals
The habits you form behind the wheel can also have a huge impact on your engine’s lifespan. A lot of heavy acceleration and braking will result in excessive wear and tear on your engine over time, so be mindful of how abruptly you accelerate and brake. Try to get into the habit of taking it slow when pressing the gas and brake pedals. Not only will you be a safer driver, but you may add miles (and years) to your engine’s life in the process.
3. Allow Time to Warm Up
Cold weather can wreak some serious havoc on a car’s engine, which is why it’s so important that you allow time for your car to warm up when you start it on a cold morning. Giving the engine and all of its moving parts time to warm up will make for a smoother ride and will better protect all those small parts from damage. For added protection, park your car indoors (such as inside a garage) during the coldest months of the year.
4. Stay on Top of Maintenance
Last but certainly not least, stay on top of any and all maintenance tasks when it comes to your car’s engine. Oil changes are one of the most important aspects of engine maintenance; refer to your owner’s manual to find out how often you should be changing your oil. Clean oil is a must for keeping all those moving parts of your engine lubricated, after all. It’s also important to ensure that you’re choosing the right oil for your vehicle’s unique needs, so shop our selection at AMSOIL to find the best match.
With these tips in mind, your engine can easily run for 200,000 miles or more! From there, you can potentially save yourself thousands of dollars in premature repair bills while retaining the resale value of your vehicle. For more tips on caring for your car, and information on taking care of your car’s engine with the right oil, get in touch with Dave Consalvo today.