Four Engine Maintenance Tips

Four Engine Maintenance Tips:

Most people when asked what the most important part of their car to perform maintenance on would say the engine. Even though it is considered the heart of your vehicle, the engine itself is not just one part, it is actually made up of many different components.  All these individual pieces come together in order to keep your engine starting and stay running while on the road.  We have all feared the tribulations of engine overheating on the highway or cutting out and leaving you stranded at an intersection, but Fantastik Auto Repair has some tips of regular engine maintenance you can perform on your vehicle to prevent any automobile mishaps from happening to you. 

   First, you must keep your engine clean and free from dirt, dust, grime, and grease. Over the life of your vehicle filters can become blocked and leaves can blow under the hood. Thankfully, your engine is built to keep foreign material from getting into the working components, but build-up on the outside can lead to other problems.  A good degreaser might help to clean the outside of your engine, or a vacuum tool to remove dust and debris.  If you do notice any odd noises and/or smells such as smoke you should call your mechanic as soon as possible before an unfixed problem causes more damage.

   Secondly, to keep dirt and grime out of your engine’s combustion chambers, your spark plugs should be periodically cleaned and/or replaced. This is just one small job that can lead to longer engine life and performance.

Fantastik Auto Repair also recommends proper lubrication to prevent friction in your engine’s moving pieces such as the crankshaft, piston rings, and cylinder walls.  Otherwise, these parts could cause damage that could become increasingly harder for your mechanic to repair.

     Finally, a simple procedure of an oil change can make all the difference in the performance and longevity of your vehicle.  We recommend you check regularly and changed every 6 months or 10,000 miles. 

     With these four regular preventative measures, you can ensure the safety, performance, and life of your engine for as long as possible.  And of course, should you have any questions or concerns about engine maintenance or any other auto services, call Fantastik Auto Repair and help us help you keep your engine running for many more miles.