Preventive Maintenance Tips for Your Engine

Your engine is the beating heart of your car; if it’s not running correctly, you won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. Proper engine maintenance also prevents your engine from overheating while driving or cutting out at an intersection. When it comes to your car and the safety of people within, a badly operating engine is a major safety concern.

While the engine appears to be a single large automotive component, it is actually made up of numerous separate components that work together to generate and transmit energy throughout your vehicle. We recommend frequent engine maintenance at HEART Certified Auto Care to avoid future issues and money drains on your car.

  • Make Sure It Is Always Clean

Your engine contributes significantly to the performance of your car. In fact, your automobile wouldn’t get very far without it, which is why it’s critical to maintain your engine clean of dirt, dust, and filth. Filters can become clogged over time, leaves and debris can blow beneath the hood, and insects can get inside your car. The grease that coats your engine can trap heat, making it harder for it to cool properly.

To clean the exterior of your engine, your mechanic will most likely use or prescribe a degreaser. To remove trash and dust from around the casing, use a vacuum tool. Fortunately, the way your engine is built keeps the majority of the debris that enters your car away from the engine’s operating components. However, if you detect any strange noises, odors, or smoke emanating from your engine compartment, contact your repair right once.

  • Service for Spark Plugs

Your spark plug should be cleaned on a regular basis to keep dirt and grime out of the combustion chamber. Your technician will perform this by removing the plug lead, cleaning the area surrounding it, removing the plug, and using a specific cleaner and brush to remove any build-up, dirt, or dust. This is a little task, but it may significantly improve the overall performance of your engine.

  • Correct Lubrication

Because there are so many moving parts in an engine, appropriate lubrication is essential at all times. Otherwise, the friction created by so many moving parts would begin to scrape and grind, causing damage. This damage is sometimes irreversible, necessitating the replacement of one or more parts before your engine can run correctly again.

To reduce friction and damage to your car, your technician will strive to ensure that your crankshaft, piston rings, and cylinder walls are correctly lubricated. This is also a good opportunity for your mechanic to inspect seals in various components of the engine to ensure that everything fits together properly for a smooth ride.

  • Oil Change

It’s a basic process, but many people put it off until it’s too late. An oil change may make or break your engine’s performance and the overall performance of your car. Over time, your oil might get unclear, muddy, and sticky, which prevents your engine from getting the most out of its lubricating system. Oil should be checked and changed every 6 months or 10,000 miles to ensure that your car is in good working order and that your engine is getting the most out of the oil it consumes. Unsure whether your oil needs to be changed? Call HEART Certified Auto Repair now for an oil change!

If you discover a problem with your engine, schedule an appointment with your technician. The longer an engine problem remains unresolved, the more harm it does. What may have been a simple fix could have necessitated the replacement of several components and sections.

Contact us now for more information on engine repair, preventative maintenance, or any of our other vehicle services. We prioritize our clients’ safety at HEART Certified Auto Repair, which is why we work hard to give high-quality service every time we work on your car. Learn more about preventative maintenance and why it’s vital by visiting our corporate blog, or scheduling an appointment with one of our qualified technicians whenever it’s convenient for you.